Discovering our "Divine Design" that God has for our lives can be quite the awakening journey.
You can read about my spiritual awakening journey here.
In the Book of Acts, specifically Acts 17:29-31, we find a profound passage that offers deep insights into our relationship with God and the purpose of our existence.
Acts 17:29-31: Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
The only God they know is about the one you know through your experience.
You don't need church, prayer school, or other religious institutions
Let my SPIRIT speak for me, be a doer. Be a hearer, then a doer.
Don't let people throw you off the journey.
That's between you and God.
People won't understand your relationship with God.
Be patient, do what is in your boundaries, there is no need to outstep your boundaries - you have nothing to prove to anybody.
You don't feel me? That's fine God feels me. I don't even feel me sometimes and that is okay and not your fault you cannot understand.
Acknowledge Him in every way.
Forgive others, forgive yourself.
If people ever hated you for no reason, you cannot blame them, they do not know better. So teach them.
Glorify your Father in Heaven.
The price you pay when you want to have wisdom = more sorrow, more grief, more adversity.
Because the gift of Wisdom allows you to shine your light, His light, onto others, and that is a gift.
Just like at a pawn shop, you take your jewels - they test it out with the acid test to know if your jewels are real or fake.
That is the journey, to have the acid on you to prove your authenticity and humility.
God lets your light shine on others, to help take them out of the darkness.
Don't take it personal when others do not receive you well, sometimes we are the teachers, the blessing for others, and it's a humbling role.
Breaking Down the Meaning:
1. We Are God's Offspring: The passage begins by reminding us that we are all creations of God, and as such, we are inherently connected to the divine. This connection underscores our intrinsic value and purpose in God's plan.
2. Rejecting Idolatry: The verse advises against reducing God to physical representations, such as idols made of gold, silver, or stone. This serves as a reminder that God is beyond any human-made image or concept. We should seek a deeper, spiritual understanding of God rather than relying on material symbols.
3. Repentance: The passage emphasizes the importance of repentance. Repentance, in this context, refers to turning away from ignorance and worldly distractions to seek a meaningful relationship with God. It's an invitation to recognize our shortcomings and actively seek spiritual growth and transformation.
4. Judgment and Justice: The passage also speaks of a day of judgment when God will judge the world with justice. This underscores the idea that our actions and choices have consequences, and ultimately, there will be a reckoning. It serves as a call to live in alignment with God's values and principles.
5. Resurrection as Proof: The passage concludes by highlighting the resurrection of Jesus as proof of God's authority and the reality of life beyond death. This resurrection is a testament to God's power and love, offering hope and assurance to those who believe.
Implications for Our Lives:
1. Seek a Deeper Connection: Recognize that you are a part of God's divine plan. Seek a deeper connection with the divine through prayer, meditation, and reflection. Embrace a spiritual understanding of God that transcends material symbols.
2. Repent and Transform: Embrace the concept of repentance as a path to personal transformation. Reflect on your actions and attitudes, and make a conscious effort to align them with God's values of love, compassion, and justice.
3. Live with Accountability: Understand that our choices and actions have consequences. Live with accountability, striving to make choices that reflect your faith and values. Strive for justice, compassion, and fairness in all aspects of life.
4. Hold onto Hope: The resurrection of Jesus serves as a symbol of hope and the promise of eternal life. Trust in God's love and power, knowing that even in the face of challenges and uncertainties, there is hope for renewal and transformation.
There is importance of seeking God with a pure heart, and the accountability that comes with our choices. It is a call to live a life of purpose, guided by faith, repentance, and the pursuit of justice and love.
Ultimately, it's our souls journey to discovery that leads us to explore God's purpose in our lives and walk in alignment with His divine plan.