HI Fresh Manna Readers: Renee and I will be on a vacation for the next week and I will resume writing on Tuesday, Sept.4th. You can go to http://readfreshmanna.blogspot.com/ and read from the archives while I am gone if you so wish. Be blessed! Pastor Tim
Acts 17:27-28 ” God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being…We are His offspring.”
I was in a special place in the Lord this morning and it made me laugh. Let me tell you about it.
I got up early this morning as I do most, to spend time in the Word of God and to take time just to worship Him. I just opened my Bible to the book of Acts and began reading in Chapter 17. I was reading about the Apostle Paul in his journeys of taking the gospel to those that had never heard it.
He was in Athens preaching in a public area surrounded by many pagan statues; one of them called the ’unknown god.’ He was preaching to those around him about the ‘unknown god’. Part of what He said to them is revealed in Acts 17:24-28. It reads, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.”
When I got to the words, “…For in him we live and move and have our being,” I just paused. I felt impressed to just take those Words and being to worship the Lord as I meditated upon them. As I was thinking about the awesomeness of God, His Holiness, His power, His majesty, His great mercy and grace, I could begin to see all of my human failings and weaknesses. I so desire to be like Him and work hard to be pure and represent the Lord in a right manner as a Christian. But, when I get in presence of God, I quickly see how ‘unclean’ and ‘unworthy’ I am in myself. Now it isn’t the Lord making me feel this way. Nor, am I one to beat myself up. It’s just that when I am in the presence of God, the reality of Isa 64:6 comes to rings true. It says, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”
But, in that quiet and special place in the Lord, that profound truth of my personal righteousness being like filthy rags is stopped short by my Heavenly Father. At times like this, the Lord did what He always does when I am in this place. He reminds me that He, through Jesus Christ, has made me His offspring – through faith. Then the Lord reminds me of a verse that is an anchor of my soul. 2 Cor 5:21 says, “God made Jesus, who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” God made me righteous through Jesus Christ. His righteousness is accredited to me despite myself. The Bible paints the picture of God putting a white robe that covers my faults upon me. He did this when I accepted Jesus as my Savior. So, I don’t stand in my own righteousness or ability to be like the Lord. I do the best I can, but by His mercy and grace, I stand righteous before Him by His doing through Jesus.
When I come into the place of being in God’s presence, this truth is what allows me to stay in His presence. He has made me righteous. From there I can continue to mediate on today’s Fresh Manna verse, “For in Him we live and move and have our being….We are his offspring.” I’m awed that He has chosen to not only make us His children, but that He has chosen to lives in us and we in live in Him. His power, His heart and mind, the leading of His Spirit – they are within us as we stay with Him. That means there are some pretty awesome things that God is able to do through our lives as we surrender to Him. I want that for my life. I know deep down that you do too!
While in this intimate time with the Lord, I was requesting that He use me in a special way today. So, you ask, what made me laugh? While in this special place, I suddenly had to go to the bathroom. I went into the downstairs bathroom which my boys primarily use when they are over. As I was sitting there, I suddenly noticed there was no toilet paper on the roll. Looking further I saw no Kleenex in the box. I thought, “Am I ever going to be able to teach my sons how to simply refill these things when they empty them?” Then I started laughing. This was the beginning of my super spiritual quest today – the thought of bathroom training. I just had to laugh about how though I can spend such special times with God, yet I have to incorporate what I get from Him in the most practical and natural settings of life. All this revelation from God as I moved from one throne to another. Be blessed as used of Him today. You are His offspring and in Him we live and move and have our being!
Pastor Tim Burt
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