Originally posted on SettledInHeaven.org Blog:
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
(1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)
For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…
1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the first of Paul’s exhortations to us…
warn them that…
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2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” AMEN!
As readers of this blog, you have probably noticed by now, I haven’t written much for quite some time. I like sharing the music on Friday and re-blogging from others who speak Truth. I’m in a learning phase (for lack of a better way to put it). Several months back I believed the Lord was leading me to dig deeper into the Word. Buying books to assist me that are heavier than a bag of groceries, etc. The reason: there is so much twisting and distorting, chopping up and changing and just plain not believing the Holy Bible to be the inerrant breathed out words of God, as given to men to write. And ya know what, this is among today’s Christianity. Not atheists or agnostics… people going to “Christian” churches on Sundays; maybe Mondays too and every other day of the week. They all probably own a Bible they bring to church, then go home put it on the shelf or wherever and don’t pick it up again until the next church visit. They would rather spend the precious time our Gracious God gives each of us everyday reading Christian best selling authors (I am not going to name any— however I must admit I really want to) or watching tel-evangelists preach (oops I mean speak) to international crowds. We live in very dangerous times!
The theme of this blog (set-up) will change. I’ll be back to writing when I know it’s my Lord’s will and not my will. Please pick up your Bible and dig in. If you don’t have time — then reschedule something in your life. There is NOTHING more important than your spiritual health. ♥ Streim
Hebrews 11: “1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. 4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (NKJV)
You’ll hear folks say ” I’ll believe it when see it”. Well, for those of us who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and have been adopted into the family of God should “live by faith, not by sight (Hab. 2:4b) . We receive that faith from God the Father through His breathed out word The Holy Bible. Spending time daily to feed on the Word keeps us walking on the right path. Notice I didn’t say read, I said feed. Feeding on the Word of God is reading, studying, digesting and using for our spiritual growth. As God told Moses to remind the Israelites in the desert: “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” My pray for you, my brothers and sisters, is that each day you grow more in your walk with the Lord. This song is a very nice representation of ‘walking by faith’. ♥ Streim