Declare Unto Them God

“We must know who God is before we can declare Him to the people” -Olivia Fortner-

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I want us to fall in love with the Bible. It is the living Word of God. The Bible was written for us to get to know God.

 

Hannah Brencher explained it so well when she said, “The Bible is rich and fatty and good for you and still the culture tells us the Bible is like lettuce. It’s not flashy. It’s not proud. But it is the living, breathing Word of God. If you want to hear Him speak, it’s a whole book of Him just talking to you.”

 

I’m going to start pushing to read the Bible more and more, because the Word of God will keep us. Something I love that I’ve always heard my mom say is “Keep reading the Bible, because it will keep you.” It will keep us in the will of God and it will keep us in love with God. Reading the Bible teaches us and opens so many doors of curiosity and learning. It is a way for us to learn God.

 

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I’ve been reading the book of Acts lately. Today I read chapter 17. I want talk about that chapter for a bit. You go grab your leather bound Bible and a cup of coffee and let’s start reading. (Here’s a link to the scriptures if you’d like to read here).

 

 

I loved this chapter because Paul’s message is a full statement of God. 

 

 

Paul was waiting on some of his buddies to get in town.

While he was there waiting, I imagine he strolled Athen’s city streets. I can see him watching the people and observing the culture that had seeped into every bit of the city. It wasn’t good culture though. What he saw, was a nation entirely given to worshiping idols. It stirred him so deeply. Verse 16 says, “His spirit was stirred in him.”

He was so stirred that he started talking. He sought to change the city and turn it away from the sin. He spoke with leaders. He talked with those he’d meet in the market place. Every day. He disputed about the idolatry and preached to them Jesus.

Certain people heard of him and wanted to know what he was all about. They brought him to a place called Areopagus and asked him about all he’d been disputing over. So Paul stood in the middle of Mar’s Hill, and guess what he said. He called them of their faults. “I think you’re too superstitious,” Paul said. He told them how he’d watched and saw the center of their worship. He spoke of how he’d found an alter with the words “TO THE UNKNOWN GOD” written on it. 

Paul saw that they worshiped a God without knowing or comprehending Him. “Ignorance,” he said. “You don’t know God, but I do… so I will declare Him unto you. 

|Definition of declare :  to make known formally, officially, or explicitly  :  to make clear to make evident  :  to state emphatically :  affirm (From Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary)|

 

 

I will declare Him unto you.

And there he goes, Standing in the midst of Mar’s Hill, in Athens Greece. 

 

“That God that you mark as unknown, I’ll tell ya about Him.”

 

And Paul so beautifully exclaims to them God. 

Then he tells them of the the resurrection and how Jesus is coming back for us. 

Some mock him. Some wonder. But some believe and grow hungry for the truth of God. 

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I want my spirit to be stirred when I see all that is around me. 

When I see my nation wholly giving itself to idolatry, cruel violence, lust and adultery, vanity… and the list could go on, I want my spirit to be stirred. Why do I look at the sin and let it fall into the back of my mind as if it’s nothing to worry about? Why am I not stirred deep down? 

I want to tell people about Jesus. I want to let them know that He is alive and coming back for us. I want them to know God loves us. I want you to know that Jesus loves us. He’s here and wants us to get to know Him. I want to declare God like Paul did in Acts 17:24-31. I want people to believe and grow hungry for the truth of God like they did when they heard Paul’s declaration.

But how can I declare who God is if I don’t know Him myself? I must get to know God. I must cultivate a relationship with Him every single day. That is why I’m starting on scripture. Scripture and prayer.  Read Paul’s declaration of God to the people who don’t know Him, in Acts chapter 17. Print it out. Plaster it on the walls. Know who God is and declare Him to the people. Declare for yourself, the truth of who God is. 

 

Olivia Fortner

|ACTS 17:16-34|

(This post is scripture and goes with another post titled “Declare Unto Them God”)

 

16) Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, 

his spirit was stirred in him,

when he saw the city

wholly given to idolatry.

17) Therefore disputed he in

the synagogue with the Jews,

and with the devout persons,

and in the market daily

with them that met with him.

18) Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans,

and of the Stoicks, encountered him.

And some said, What will this babbler say?

other some, He seemeth to be

a setter forth of strange gods:

because he preached unto them

Jesus, and the resurrection.

19) And they took him,

and brought him unto Areopagus,

saying, May we know what

this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?

20) For thou bringest certain

strange things to our ears:

we would know therefore

what these things mean.

21) (For all the Athenians and strangers

which were there spent their

time in nothing else,

but either to tell, or to hear

some new thing.)

22) 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.

23) 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 unto you.

24) God that made the world

and all things therein,

seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth,

dwelleth not in temples

made with hands;

25) Neither is worshipped

with men’s hands,

as though he needed any thing,

seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

26) And hath made of one blood

all nations of men for to dwell on

all the face of the earth,

and hath determined the

times before appointed,

and the bounds of their habitation;

27) That they should seek the Lord,

if haply they might feel after him, and find him,

though he be not far from every one of us:

28) For in him we live, and move,

and have our being; as certain also of

your own poets have said,

For we are also his offspring.

29) Forasmuch then as we are the

offspring of God, we ought not

to think that

the Godhead is like unto

gold, or silver, or stone, graven by

art and man’s device.

30) And the times of this ignorance

God winked at; but now commandeth

all men every where to repent:

31) Because he hath appointed

a day, in the which he will judge

the world in righteousness

by that man whom he hath ordained;

whereof he hath given assurance

unto all men, in that he hath

raised him from the dead.

32) And when they heard of the

resurrection of the dead, some mocked:

and others said, We will hear thee

again of this matter.

33) So Paul departed from among them.

34) Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: 

 

ACTS 17:16-34 King James Version

 

Olivia Fortner