Wednesday, December 11, 2013

1 Thessalonians 1-5

Woohoo!  We are moving right along today as we read the book of 1 Thessalonians.  Paul is still writing to encourage people in their faith.  Sure, the letter was written to the Thessalonians centuries ago, but Paul's words are still full of the Holy Spirit, a Holy Spirit that is very much alive in our lives today.  In this way, as we read these Holy Words, Paul is ministering to us too.  We are reminded that because we believe in Jesus, God calls us to a life that is different, better, full of promise, and joy.   

God wants us to open ourselves up to all He has to say to us and all the blessings He wants to pour out to us.

As we grow stronger in our faith, He calls us to be more and more like His son in the ways we live in love for others.  

How are you today, really?  Where do you need some encouragement in your faith?  How is Paul speaking to you?

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good,

God is always trying to tell me something.  There is always room for me to grow as a believer and follower of Christ.  How about you?  

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank you for the salvation and abundant life I have in your son, Jesus.  Lord, help me open my life to you in all the ways you are calling on me.  I also pray for ___________ today.  Fill _________ with your Holy Spirit so that he/she/they will know that You are Lord of all, our loving, comforting, guiding, and healing Savior.  Encourage us together, as brothers and sisters in Christ, to stand firm in our faith and experience the blessings of life spent with You, now and for eternity.

In the name of Jesus I pray,

Grace and peace,

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