He reminded me in 1 Thessalonians 5:5 ‘You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness’. I am a child of the light and a child of the day and as such I belonged to the day (the light where He lives) and because of that I should be self-controlled – in other words to get a grip of myself and not allow myself to indulge in negative thinking and having my own little pity party. ‘Oh dear’ I thought, not the encouraging word I’d hoped for! however as I carried on reading I found the rest of the verse encouraging me to put on faith and love as a breastplate (to protect my heart) and the hope of salvation as a helmet (to protect my mind), because the Lord had always intended me to receive salvation (freedom) and relationship with Him, through what Jesus had done for me. Well now that felt better!
So again I said, ‘I thought this was supposed to be encouraging’. Then the Lord revealed the power behind the challenge in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ‘May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify (The word ‘sanctify’ is so precious and affirming that I really recommend you Google it for the full impact for your life) you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ’; and then came the critical verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:24 ‘The one who calls you is faithful (will never fail), and he will do it’. So the Lord calls me to live this life and challenges me to change my way of looking at things and His promise to me is that He will not leave me struggling to do this on my own, He will do it in me! ‘Thank you Lord; now that really is a word of encouragement’.
I was really blessed and uplifted as I hope you have been. There is however a further thing the Lord asks us to do though, which is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing’ Now this may be achieved by saying something as simple as ‘you look nice today!’, or as profound as passing on a Word or a challenge that God has given you. We all need to encourage each other it’s a continual chain, God encourages us, Jesus is faithful and helps us, and we are to pass it on to others to encourage them through the difficult times. Praise God.
Author: Jan Pearson
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