Tag: 1st Thessalonians 1:4-7

Modeling Jesus Christ!

Scripture reading for September 13th:  1st Thessalonians 1

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Thessalonians 1:4-7  “For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.  You know how we lived among you for your sake.  You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomes the message with joy given by the Holy Spirit.  And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.”

Paul had founded the Thessalonian church during his first missionary journey. He wrote to them expressing God’s love for them and His calling on their lives.   His stay there was interrupted by severe persecution and he left before he could do all the training he wanted to equip the new believers.  He preached the Gospel with power and deep conviction that had effected the believers to such a degree that Paul commended them for modeling his own life and that of the Lord Jesus!  This change came in spite of the persecution from Jews and Christ-haters.

Observations for over-comers:  The power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit to bring deep conviction and transformation should encourage us to preach and live boldly, even in times of persecution and inadequate discipleship.  “. . .so is My word that goes out from My mouth:  It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  (Isaiah 55:11)

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