WORSHIPPING THE UNKNOWN GOD?

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL…
DATE : MONDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2015
THEME : WORSHIPPING THE UNKNOWN
GOD?
Memorise :
Ye worship ye know not what: we know
what we worship: for salvation is of the
Jews. John 4:22
Read : Acts 17:16-23
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.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : EZEKIEL 13-15 and
REVELATION 4
Message
Apostle Paul was taking a walk through
the old city of Athens as a visitor when
he noticed an altar with this inscription:
‘ TO THE UNKNOWN GOD’. Paul was
aware that Athens at that particular
period was filled with philosophers of
either epicurean beliefs or those of
stoic principles. Epicureans were
devoted to sensual pleasure. They have
sensitive tastes, expecially in food and
wine, and they loved to enjoy the good
things of life. On the other hand, Stoics
were professedly indifferent to pleasure
or pain, free from passion,unmovedby
Joy or grief and submissive to the
natural law. These philosophers prided
themselves as custodians of exceptional
of wisdom and knowledge in all areas
of life including issues about God and
religion. When they met Apostle Paul,
being persuaded of their superior
wisdom, they were quick to ask “What
will this babbler say?” However, their
folly was already evident in this
inscription. This story still rings true
today. Because knowledge has greatly
increased all over the world, scientists
and philosophers proudly try to impose
their limited mortal theories as superior
to the knowledge of the Almighty God.
However, like the Athenians of Paul’s
days, these are genuine seekers among
today’s scientists and philosophers,who
Will readily accept Jesus as Lord and
Saviour and submit to the authority of
the Scriptures if the right opportunity is
made available to them. The truth is :
God is spiritual being. His existence
cannot be investigated or proved
scientifically;neither can He be
searched out through philosophical
investigations.Therefore, God can only
be known by faith, through the
revelation knowledge made available by
the gospel of Jesus Christ ( LUKE
10:22 ). And more importantly, the
whole Bible provides extremely
convincing factual evidence that God
exists and that Jesus Christ Is the son of
the Living God ( Colossians 1:15-17 )
It is therefore time to expose the error
of the unknown God and begin to
propagate a more perfect knowledge of
the Living God. We must use every
available opportunity to reach the world
with the message of gospel of Jesus
Christ. It is the power of God unto
salvation. It is the sure way to
forgiveness, deliverance, healing, peace,
joy and prosperity. Remember, time is
short. Begin to vigorously propagate the
gospel today, and great rewards will
accrue to your account here on earth
and in heaven in Jesus’ Name.
Prayer Point :
Father, please grant me the grace to be
an addicted soul winner in Jesus’ Name.

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