Acts 17:28a - In Him We Live And Move And Have Our Being.

Acts 17:28a - In Him We Live And Move And Have Our Being.

Acts 17:28a (KJV) For in him we live, and move, and have our 

   We don't really notice air. It's the environment we live in. 
It's always all around us, and we can feel it when it moves as a 
swift breeze. If we were suddenly deprived of it, we would certainly 
notice its absence. But other than that, we give it little attention. 
If we want to be conscious of it, we have to intentionally choose 
to think about it.  
   God is like that. He's always around us, and we can often 
detect Him when He moves. And if we were suddenly deprived of Him ... 
well, we would certainly notice His absence. But we often have to 
choose to be aware of Him.  
   Many passages of Scripture suggest that God is nearer to us 
at some times than at others - that He's near to the brokenhearted 
or the humble, for example, or that He will draw near to us if we 
draw near to Him. But verses like Acts 17:28 remind us that He is 
always near, as pervasive as the air we breathe. Though much of our 
experience of His Presence depends on His drawing near, much of it depends 
on our increasing our awareness of Him. We need to become noticers 
who, like Brother Lawrence long ago, "practice the Presence of God." 
   In our quest for a deeper sense of God's Presence, we need to 
remember that much of what we seek is already all around us. We live and 
move and exist in God. He is present in every atom of creation, and 
if we're observant, we can see not only His past handiwork as 
Creator but His current activity as Lord, Guide, Shield, Provider, 
Comforter, and Healer. Even when it seems like He is far away, He never is. 
Whether we sense His Presence or not, He is near.  
   Lord, I know You're sitting next to me right now. You're 
watching me, protecting me, even sharing Your heart with me. Help me 
become a noticer of Your Presence and acknowledge You in every 
situation.  [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by Chris 

   You are in Me, and I am in you. This is a profound mystery. I 
am the infinite Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe. You 
are a finite, fallen human being. Yet you and I live not just with 
each other but also in each other. You are filled with My divine 
Presence. This is a deeper, fuller union than you can find in any human 
relationship. Even people who have been married many decades cannot know all 
the thoughts and feelings of their spouse. But I know everything 
about you - from your deepest thoughts and feelings to the events you 
will encounter tomorrow. For My children, aloneness is really just an 
illusion. The whole world is alive with My vibrant Presence!  
   In Me you live and move and have your being. Every step you 
take, every word you speak, every breath you breathe - all is done in 
My watchful, embracing Presence. You are totally immersed in My 
invisible yet ever-so-real Being! The more aware of Me you are, the more 
alive and complete you will feel. Your union with Me makes every 
moment of your life meaningful. (John 14:20; Col. 1:27; Eph. 3:17, 19; 
Acts 17:28) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Living in dependence on Me is a glorious adventure. Most 
people scurry around busily, trying to accomplish things through their 
own strength and ability. Some succeed enormously; others fail 
miserably. But both groups miss what life is meant to be: living and 
working in collaboration with Me.  
   When you depend on Me continually, your whole perspective 
changes. You see miracles happening all around, while others see only 
natural occurrences and "coincidences." You begin each day with joyful 
expectation, watching to see what I will do. You accept weakness as a gift 
from Me, knowing that My Power plugs in most readily to consecrated 
weakness. You keep your plans tentative, knowing that My plans are far 
superior. You consciously live, move, and have your being in Me, desiring 
that I live in you. I in you and you in Me. This is the intimate 
adventure I offer you. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Acts 17:28; Colossians 
2:6-7; John 14:20 [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

I am nearer than you think, richly present in all your moments. 
You are connected to Me by Love-bonds that nothing can sever. 
However, you may sometimes feel alone, because your union with Me is 
invisible. Ask Me to open your eyes, so that you can find Me everywhere. 
The more aware you are of My Presence, the safer you feel. This is 
not some sort of escape from reality; it is tuning in to ultimate 
reality. I am far more Real than the world you can see, hear, and touch. 
Faith is the confirmation of things we do not see and the conviction 
of their reality, perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to 
the senses. (Acts 17:27, 28; Heb. 11:1) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 

   Praise will get you victoriously through this day. When you 
worship Me, you connect with Me in a powerful way that transcends time 
and circumstances. I live in your praises, and you live and move and 
have your being in Me. Praising Me draws you into the depths of My 
Presence, where you can glimpse My Power and Glory.  
   Depression, fear, and self-pity vanish when you engage in 
heartfelt worship. The evil one and his demonic followers flee from these 
glorious strains. So it is wise to praise Me. However, the most important 
reason for worship is that I am worthy to receive honor and glory and 
praise! The Bible is full of commands to give Me praise.  
   No matter how dark and difficult your day may seem, the Light 
of My Presence will shine through the darkness as you worship Me. 
This glorifies Me and enables you to live above your circumstances - 
victoriously! (Psa. 22:3; Acts 17:28; Rev. 5:11, 12) [Jesus Today by Sarah 




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