The Athens Christian

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

Ephesians 2:12 says, “Once you were … without God in the world.” The Scripture is saying that the Gentiles were going through their lives as if He didn’t really exist. The Greek word for without God is atheos, from which we get the word atheist.

You might think an atheist is someone who denies God, but the root of the word really denotes someone who’s without God. If you’re not careful, you could end up being a Christian atheist- a Christian who lives as if God doesn’t exist. Much of modern Christianity, many churches, and ministers exist not for God, but to keep existing – serving the house of the Lord, not the Lord of the house. They wouldn’t run well without computers, phones, consultants, databases, or their business practices, but they’ll run smoothly atheos/without God. Beware that you don’t end up the same way, running activities in your life quite smoothly without God. Get back on your knees, because atheist really means without God, and without God nothing else matters.

Today’s Mission – Acknowledge your need for the Lord in everything you do today. Live in the very present reality of God.

by Jonathan Cahn

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Letting Things Alone

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Fret not thyself in any wise —Psalm 37:8

A life was lost in Israel because a pair of human hands were laid unbidden upon the ark of God. They were placed upon it with the best intent to steady the ark as the oxen drew the cart carrying it along the rough way. But they touched God’s work presumptuously, and they fell paralyzed and lifeless.

Much of the life of faith consists in letting things alone. If we wholly trust an interest to God we can keep our hands off it, and He will guard it for us better than we can help Him. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass (Psalm 37:7).

Things may seem to be going all wrong, but He knows better than we, and He will arise in the right moment if we are really trusting Him completely enough to let Him work in His own way and time. There is nothing so effective as inactivity in some things, and there is nothing so damaging as restless working, for God has undertaken to work His sovereign will.

by A.B. Simpson