Thursday, September 13, 2012

1 Thessalonians

     2:13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

    3:13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

5:13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.


     There are only five chapters in the book of 1 Thessalonians.  Of those five, there are only three with thirteen verses.

    Paul wrote this letter to the believers in Thessalonica to praise them for keeping their faith under persecution, and to let them know that the trials they were enduring because of their faith were not coincidences, but that it was because they did have faith, and were believers, that Satan and 'the world' was tempting them and causing them to suffer tribulations.

     He urged them to continue to live according to God's word no matter how difficult things might seem ... to live respectful and productive lives, encouraging and helping each other, and being kind and patient to all.

     Why?  Why was it so important to Paul that these new believers stayed strong in their faith?  Because Paul knew that those who believe would be tested.  Not by God, but by 'the world.'  By the flesh and by things that would give instant gratification but little else.  Paul also knew that what 'the world' offered was nothing in comparison to what we are promised as believers.

     How do I know this for myself?  Because it has been the word of God that has been at work in my life lately.  His has been fulfilling His promises for me because I believe.  "Hold onto the good."  "The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it."
Rise, Son, rise....

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