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1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:28 - Part 1 - 1 Thessalonians 4:13 - 5:28
It would seem that faithfulness starts out as an attitude and then goes beyond that.
Not a believer yet? You can be today!
Be a faithful friend first. Faithful friends are gifts from God up in heaven. If ya find one, be grateful, and please don't ditch or offend them for you have found a real treasure that is truly treasured by Jesus Christ. ~ kvs
So many are lookin' for red hot ..yet good romance, lookin' for stability, lookin' for the warmth of safety and real security, and even for real family life. Are you? Perhaps you've been raised in a hellish, strange kinda home and fear such a commitment. So sorry about that, but there is Someone who can fix all that for real.. who can heal and restore.
Listen, "God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land." Sure He ain't religious and verklempt, He's very practical. Read More...
..by a person, or even the most primo lessons that we could ever learn, actually happen while on the Path towards another goal, yes, while headed to someplace else.
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going" (Eccl. 9:10).
Don't mean to pry at all, but do you mind if I ask a few questions? Of course you don't need to answer me… just trying to simulate your mind in a good way. Might sound kinda funny, but I wanna challenge us to higher living if you will.
Who do you pray for on a regular basis to come to know Jesus Christ? How are you building relationship with them. Is God giving you courage inside, preparing you, and perhaps leading you to go talk with them soon?
On another level, what are you working towards.. or are you? Do you have some long and short range goals? Have you written em down somewhere, or talked about them to a wise and trustworthy person? Are these goals worth your sacrifice? Is it tough to find balance with all this stuff. What's the action plan—what are the simple steps that you plan to take to reach them?
Have you started acting on em.. you know, done more than wishing. Have you rightly prioritized all your goals? Do you hang with the wrong close friends who pull you down in one or more ways? How will you keep yourself from becoming distracted away from reaching these goals ..by friends or other unexpected interests once you get going? Have you read the Bible, sought your Maker and discovered what He would have you do… cuz you could really thrive and feel fulfilled inside doing that?
Many opportunities are totally missed, because they seem to arrive wearing overalls and work boots.
..NO! "God places the lonely in families; He sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But He makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land" (Ps. 68:6, nlt).
"Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden." ~ Corrie Ten Boom
"Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall" (Ps. 55:22 nlt).
Way! Check in out.. in Hebrew. "Cast" means: to chuck or throw out like dead-worthless-weight, to throw down, to fling far away, to hurl (..not hurl like after you eat a spoiled lunch at a fast-food greasy hamburger joint, but you know what I mean).
..Psalm 34 tonight, yeah, in between some potential distractions tryin' to pull me away. But I'm not lettin' em right now. Love this passage! "Halleluiah" with no weird inflection from my mouth like.. a thousand times out loud! Been too long since I said that.
Huge HUGE profit in simply reading through the Scriptures, believer. Here's a few highlights.. "His praise shall continually be in my mouth" (v. 1).
We always ..or at least often.. think about those "less than ideal circumstances" that we can find ourselves in—"Man, I hate em, Lord. Send real mercy soon. How did I even get here? When will You please hear my simple prayer and change these uber-horrid circumstances?"
Have you been there before? Ever said something like that?
But you know deep down in your know-er how God is often more concerned with changing us in those circumstances—yep, interested in changing our hearts. He loves a right heart, a right thought life, and right motives. He is interested in how we feel and He can handle all our brutal honesty.
Just thinking about these verses a minute.. "Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears" (Ps. 34:3-5). This is in the context of the prayer being rewarded for seeking Him. And that makes a person feel like worshipping!
Yup, He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, and who actually put Him first .......before all other priorities no matter how cool those priorities are. Hey, you knew that!
But..but..but..what if He doesn't listen to me or provide good? ..what if they reject me? ..what if I'm not successful.. what if He doesn't protect? Etc.
No worries, you might not get everything you want, but He always keeps His promises and doesn't disappoint. He is never late.
Question: Ever walk away from your time in prayer alone with God and realize that what changed is that all those lame inner fears regarding the crummy circumstances around you ..have just vanished? (Read More...)