Acts 17:22-25 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 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. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.
Today’s morning message will be delivered to us from a very special guest of mine . . . Angela
Paul stood on Mars Hill challenging the mindset and actions of the Greeks as they worshiped their unknown God. As I was reading this scripture this morning the Lord started to speak to me a powerful word. …. Daniel 11:32 32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. …. There is no sin new under the heavens, man has just taken it to an excess. As we see in the Old Testament Elijah was challenging the god baal just like Paul is the challenging their “unknown god” on Mars Hill in the scripture above. The prophets of baal wanted Elijah to allow them to worship their god while allowing him to worship his God at the same time. Elijah refused to compromise as their was no place for any other god. He challenged them that day just as Paul later does on Mars Hill. Elijah new his God and called fire down from heaven which licked up the sacrifice, the altar and even the water he had surrounded it with. Elijah did exploits that day.
Paul challenged the Greeks the same as Elijah once had. We are living in a time where abortion is on demand, homosexuality is on the rise and predicted to be legalized in all 50 states by end of 2015, and chrislam has been ridiculously introduced as an acceptable form of religion. Chrislam wants to infiltrate Christians and muslims worshiping together in the same setting. Does this sound familiar? Isn’t this Elijah on Mt. Carmel, Paul on Mars Hill, and now this in America? My challenge to the hearts and minds of people today as they go to their man-made temples is we as saints of God cannot just do church as usual. We are at war, spiritual war and cannot compromise our standards in the old paths, we cannot bury our heads in the sand as ostriches, we cannot fear our conservative roots that we may be called judgmental, unloving, or insensitive. In this last hour the saints need to stand up like our heroes Elijah and Paul against this “unknown god” that tries to seize our nation. If the God we serve is sovereign, just, and all-powerful then we can assure ourselves that this battle we are fighting is not flesh and blood, but a spiritual one. If we stand behind our beliefs and our God, we will be strong and change the course of events plaguing our country today. We will do exploits too! Love you all!! Bless God in your exploits today!!!