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Holy fear!

Scripture reading for May 30th:  2nd Chronicles 13-15, Acts 19

Key Scriptures: Acts 19:17-20  “And fear fell upon them all, and the Name of the Lord Jesus was extolled.  Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices.  And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all.  And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver.  So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.”  

As Paul preached at Ephesus, he saw the fear of the Lord Jesus bring conviction to those who believed.  This caused confession of sins and true repentance in turning from the practices of the occult.  A real revival brings cleansing and deep conviction and turning to God with heart and soul.

2nd Chronicles 15:3-4 “For a long time Israel was without the true God, and without a teaching priest and without law, but when in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought Him, He was found by them.”  

Prayer:  Lord, let their be true repentance that brings deep conviction and a fresh commitment to You as Lord.  Amen.

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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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Turned from idols to Christ!

Scripture reading for October 9th: 1st Thessalonians 1:1-2:8

“Grace and peace to you.  We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.   We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, you labor prompted by love, and you endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1st Thessalonians 1:1b-3)  Paul spent much of his time praying for the various churches that he founded.  He always found something to thank God for concerning the church.  The Thessalonian church was commended for their faith and works based on faith.

These believers had eagerly received and applied the Gospel message in their lives and according to Paul, were a model to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia.  (1st Thessalonians 1:7-8) In fact, many reports of the Thessalonians faith had come to Paul from other Christians there.  “They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead–Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” (1st Thessalonians 1:9b-10)

The Thessalonians were about fifty miles from the site of Mount Olympus in Greece.  The Greek gods said to reside there were many and powerful.  They were a big part of the culture of the country and were popular.  These believers turned from these idols to the living and true God.  Not only that, they chose to wait for the revelation of Jesus Christ from heaven.  Jesus was raised from the dead and coming back for those waiting for Him.  These Thessalonians simply trusted in Christ and the teaching of the second coming.  They chose to believe that when Christ came back, he would pour out wrath on sin and sinner.  This fear of God was a healthy motivator to live in patient expectation.

“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”  (1st Thessalonians 2:8) The child-like faith of these people had touched Paul’s heart.  They were such faithful and sincere believers that Paul wanted to share his life with them.  The Gospel works best when love is flowing from the preacher as well as the people.  Our living God is a God of love and will win out over all idols if given a chance!

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