I love a praise song that sings: “In Him we live, and move and have our being.” It has been one that has stayed dancing in my spirit for many years. It comes from the words of the Apostle Paul when he was in Athens and found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. It gave him an opportunity to talk with the Gentiles and the Jewish leaders of Athens and among other things he said in Acts 17:24-28:
“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might 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 also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’“
“But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” ~Deuteronomy 4:29 (NKJV)
How precious it is to be an offspring of the most High God! He is not far from each one of us!
You (Yes, you!) really are His offspring, and He wants you to grasp this fact. Our God is a personal God, and if you seek Him, you will find Him. In all the ups and downs of my life I’ve come to the conclusion that the same Spirit that hovered over the chaos of the waters and brought order to creation in Geneses 1:2, is able to to stop chaos and bring order into the lives of God’s beloved offspring if we will only seek Him. Although I have known Him well for many years, last year, my circumstances brought me to a place where I was feeling so broken and defeated. It was beyond my understanding, but it is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead that is in me (Romans 8:11), and one day I began thinking about the soul of Jesus. Although He is divine, He surely arrived with a soul (to my way of thinking), and I decided to bind my soul to His soul, my will to His will, my heart to His heart. I have been in wonder and awe of His intervention every since.
Rather we are seeking God for the first time, or looking for Him in a closer way for the thousandth time. He is there. The first time I sought Him, truly sought Him, I was twenty-eight, and had committed the sin that, for me, was the straw that finally broke the camels back. I was totally broken before God and gave Him my life. I didn’t really understand all the theories of salvation. It didn’t matter that I was raised a Presbyterian and now attended a Catholic church with my husband. I sat on my front stoop on a hot summer’s night and cried my heart out to God in heaven. I was a mess. My life was a mess; a chaotic mess. Hours after it all began, I went inside and found a prayer card on the window sill above my sink. It had a picture of Jesus on it. Which didn’t really register with me, but the words did. It read, “I can do all things through Christ who strengths me. – Philippians 4:12” The bible chapter and verse didn’t register with me; even the correct words didn’t stick with me. What I remembered and repeated every day was simply, “I can do all things through God who strengthens me.” He formally introduced me to His Son months later, but that’s for a different time…
The level of brokenness I was experiencing, and this sensing of the magnitude of spiritual warfare that is literally coming close to shutting believers down brings me to this place where I can share with those who are seeking faith or encouragement as I write about my journey with an ever faithful God. I hope you’ll join me!
In Him we live, and move and have our being,
The Scripture that drew me out of myself was not in Philippians all these years later; it was from John 11:40 when Jesus spoke to Martha at the tomb of her brother Lazarus and said, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
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