Make The Unknown God Known
“Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious (religious). For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I (make known) unto you” (Acts 17: 22-23). As Paul, we also are to make the unknown God known. “The shepherds said, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us” (Luke 2:15). “All things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you” (John 15:15). “O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me” (John 17:25). “And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord” (Acts 9:42). “And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks … and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified” (Acts 19:17). “Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it” (Acts 28:28). “And the way of peace have they not known” (Rom. 3:17). “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men” (2 Cor. 3:2). It has been said, “There are five Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and YOU.” The greatest need in this world is to make God known: Jesus Christ is God in a body to make God known. The Bible is God in a book to make God known. The Holy Spirit is God in believers to make God known. Nature is God in beauty to make God known. “The heavens declare (make known) the glory of God” (Psa. 19:1). The greatest testimony to the world is a changed, consistent Christian life (2 Cor. 5:17). Those who know Him make Him known by their witness and their works. “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). Know the unknown God can be known, if only you would look and listen to your instincts about an infinite God. Now, think of all the inner soul instincts you personally have experienced. Know that only God can satisfy your longing soul and fill your hungry soul with goodness (Psa. 107:9). The Lord Jesus Christ now stands outside your heart’s door knocking – Listen! Know that He will not go where He is not wanted, and He will not enter unless He is invited. The knob is on the inside and can only be opened by you. His knock makes Him known. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man (YOU) hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him” (Rev. 3:20). Be advised: He is making Himself personally known. Only you hear His knock! Invite Him in (John 1:12). Then the unknown God will be known. Then, as Paul, you can also make the unknown God known.
Magnificent Magnet of God
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” (John 12:32). The Lord was lifted upon the cross at Calvary and as promised, He draws all men with an inner magnetic force unto Himself. The drawing power of a magnet is amazing, but the magnetism of the Lord is the greatest Magnet drawing power known unto man. As they are drawn He opens eyes of understanding, quickens spirits, nudges hearts, and convicts souls. Everyone has felt His magnetic drawing power during circumstances, tragedies, moments, songs, messages, tracts, deaths, and witnessing. Some respond – Some resist. Recognize that you have within you an instinctive emptiness that draws and drives you toward Him. As salmon must swim upstream to the place of birth, geese must migrate, and turtles return to their place of birth. They follow their God-given drawing inner instincts. They do not understand why, but they simply know they must do it. They were born with an inner instinct that drives them to do what they do. All people are also born with an inner instinct that draws and drives them towards God. All people look towards a power higher than themselves. They seek the purpose of their existence. They realize life is short and eternity is long. They try to fill that inner emptiness with power, pleasure, and popularity but remain empty. Some finally climb the ladder of success but find nothing is there. Be honest! Have you experienced those drawing moments? You did not put it there, but you know it is there. You have within you an instinctive inner longing that cannot be satisfied, a hunger in your soul that cannot be filled. Learn that there is nothing you can do to fill that inner emptiness and satisfy that hunger. Why? Because the Lord put that instinctive emptiness and hunger within you to draw you unto Himself. “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry (empty) soul with goodness” (Psa. 107:9). At this moment you may sense His magnetic instinctive drawing. Why? You were made from God and for God. Know God – Know Peace. No God – No Peace. He draws because He desires a personal relationship with you. Know that Jesus Christ was your sacrifice for sin (Heb. 10:12), He became your substitute at death (Rom. 5:8), and He became your Saviour(2 Tim. 1:10) when He rose from the grave to give you eternal life (John 10:28). Believe and receive Him as your Lord and Saviour (John 1:12). Yield to Him and know the purpose of your existence. The greatest testimony to the world is a changed consistent Christian life and the Lord is still changing lives. How do I know? Because at 23 years of age, He changed my life (2 Cor 5:17). What He did for me, He can now do for you. Realize Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with Christ.
Learn: There is more to life than just living! Good news! He is still magnetically drawing “all” people unto Himself, and that includes you, you, and even you. Don’t resist – respond. No one ever regretted responding to the Lord’s magnetic drawing power – No one!
The Love of God
God loves me. I love God. Two different loves. One love is a holy love, and the other is human love. Love is a verb that shows action. Love must be given, not taken. “For God so loved the world (you), that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever (you) believeth in him should not perish (in Hell), but have everlasting life (In Heaven)” (John 3:16). The Lord loves (agape) with an unconditional love that requires no conditions or requirements. There is not one thing I can do to make God love me more or less. God does not see my sin, but He sees His Son in my place (I John 5:12). God loves because God is love. If God did not love, He would cease being God (1 John 4:8;16). His love, grace, and peace passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7). Frederick Lehman’s song defines the love of God, “The love of God is greater far; Than tongue or pen can ever tell. It goes beyond the highest star; And reaches to the lowest hell… O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure; Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made; Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade; To write the love of God above; Would drain the ocean dry… Nor could the scroll contain the whole; Though stretched from sky to sky.” It is not amazing that we love God, but it is amazing that God loves us. You may feel alone, unloved, hopeless, abandoned, neglected, and forsaken, but God loves you. He promises never to leave or forsake you – Never! (Heb. 13:5). Now say it aloud, “GOD loves Me.” Say it again and again, “GOD loves Me.” “How do I know?” “The Bible tells me so.” “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1John 4:10). On the cross the Lord became our sacrifice and substitute for sin. God’s love never diminishes, dims, or decreases. His love is past understanding, unmeasurable, unalterable, unusual, unbroken, undaunted, undeniable, undetermined, unmatched, unequaled, unmerited, unfailing, unfathomable, unsearchable, unearned, unwavering, and unique. Remember that God’s love is only limited by your free-will choice. You can receive or reject His eternal love (John 1:12). No choice is still a choice. Dear friend, you may die unsaved, but you will not die unloved. On this day receive the best love you will ever know. God loves you, you, you, and even you!
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