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Dr. June Normil
Paul explained gratitude for the Thessalonian believers because God had chosen them "as firstfruits to be saved" (2 Thessalonians 2:13). This pertains to what God has determined will happen to those who accept His gift of salvation and follow Him. Because they had believed the gospel and were saved, Paul exhorted the Thessalonians to hold on to the teachings he had taught them (verse 15). The Thessalonians church had been given a tremendous gift in the teachings of Paul, as well as in the ministry of Silas and Timothy. They could trust what these leaders said to be truth, not man-made philosophies. Paul prayed that they would live out their faith. This kind of lifestyle only comes about through the ongoing work of the Spirit, as sanctifier, in a Christian's life (verse 13; see Galatians 5:22-23).
[For Personal Reflection] In what ways do you show God gratitude for His work of salvation in your life?
Paul often prayed for the Thessalonians church, as seen throughout his writings in the New Testament. He was quick to request prayer for himself and his fellow companions as seen 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5. Paul continued to face opposition in his ministry travels, specifically in Corinth as he was writing to the Thessalonians (Acts 18:5-6). Paul also requested prayer for deliverance from "unreasonable and wicked men." Persecutors were determined to squelch the message he was preaching, and Paul wanted deliverance from these enemies. Such deliverance would help him conduct his ministry. It's a privilege to be asked by our brothers and sisters in Christ for prayer, for it demonstrates that they value prayer and feel confident that we will pray. Paul continued by expressing confidence in the Lord, who had given them the desire and the ability to do what he had commanded of them. Paul asked for two things: (1) tat their hearts would be directed into the love of God; and (2) that their hearts would be directed into waiting for Christ into patient waiting for Christ to come again.
[For Personal Reflection] How seriously do you take praying over the requests of fellow believers?
You can imagine how difficult it would be to keep from being disheartened in the face of Thessalonians remained steadfast in their faith as they encouraged one another--even as they also received encouragement from Paul and his ministry companions. Though you may not be facing the same type of persecution as the Thessalonian believers, perhaps you also need encouragement to remain faithful. Or maybe you know of someone who could use some encouragement. Consider how you can pray your fellow believers and speak spiritual encouragement into their lives this week.
BE STEADFAST UNMOVABLE!
Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 101 Number 2 Dec. Jan. Feb. 2019 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil
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