The Loving Heart of God’s Word

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

There is so much truth, understanding, and heart-sharing within the Epistles of Thessalonians that it is difficult in a daily Bible byte to look at them all in detail. However, we do pray that Thessalonians may touch your heart and guide you deeper into the abundance of God’s healing Word.

II Thessalonians 3:1-3:
-1:  FINALLY, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
-2:  And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
-3:  But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

Finally – in closing II Thessalonians, Paul requests prayer for those who speak and make known the Word, that the Word of the Lord may have a free course, and that others may glorify the Word as we are glorifying it in our hearts.

Paul desired the believers’ prayer for deliverance from unreasonable and wicked men, men whose purpose was to hinder the Word of the Lord. There are people out there who seem to have no reason for living other than to hassle the believer and hinder the free movement of God’s living Word. However, and thankfully, we can be delivered because “the Lord is faithful” and He will establish and strengthen us and keep (preserving) us from evil.  In the phrase “for all men have not faith,” is a twofold meaning:

First, is the faith of Jesus Christ, which is only available to believers (see: Galatians 3:22-26).

Secondly, the word faith represents being or having faithfulness to God’s Word and obviously not all people are, but we become ever more faithful to His Word as our confidence and trust continues to grow in the loving heart of God’s Word.

II Thessalonians 3:4 – And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

Here is an interesting concept: Paul and his company of believers had great confidence that the Lord literally touched the believers in Thessalonica, their lives had been blessed by God, and they were experiencing genuine confidence in having access to the Word of life!

The word “command” is not the word in the Greek Text for commandments, but rather it means to announce something wonderful, and that something wonderful is the Word of God that is activated proportionally to our belief of it, because the Word will do and accomplish ALL that the Word of God promises it will do.

II Thessalonians 3:5 – And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

Our own hearts can become directed, not pushed, and not shoved or controlled but directed by inspiration into living in the dynamics of having the love of God in our hearts to inspire us to love one another. With the love of God, we can patiently anticipate the coming of our Lord who is our eternal Savior, and when he returns we shall stand at his side on the right hand of God in their glory.

May God continue blessing your hearts into the loving heart of God’s Word with the true spiritual abundance of blessings that God continues pouring into your life.

Glory and Praise to God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Paul wrote Philippians from prison; he was there simply because he made known God’s Word. We can be so blessed that today we are not cast into prison simply because of our beliefs. Paul was not put in prison just for a stay – they wanted him executed! As we know, he was eventually released to continue his mission of making Jesus Christ known to others so that others could also have the joys of walking with their Savior.

Philippians 1:8 – For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

God knew the heart of Paul, and when Paul said that God was his record, it is like our saying, “as God is my witness”; Paul’s desire was to preach and make known the Gospel to others even while in captivity. As God was Paul’s witness, God is also our witness today. “The bowels of Jesus Christ” represents their unity within the body of Christ. Paul was positive and hopeful that their standing with God was remaining strong even in his absence because they themselves were witnesses of Christ and Christ leads one to God.

Philippians 1:9 – And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge {of God and His healing Word} and in all judgment {in all discernment};

Paul prayed that their love may abound more and more, yet this was not simply a prayer to continue loving one another. Beyond that he prayed they would learn to love more and more the precious knowledge of God, for this knowledge can help the believers discern between good and evil, between light and darkness, and between that which is truth and what which may be in error. In Paul’s absence he was instructing the believers further into the ways of God so that they could stand together rooted and grounded in the Word.

Philippians 1:10-11:
-10:  That ye may approve {prove} things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
-11:  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

God gives us things that are truly excellent such as the promises of God, yet without the love of the knowledge of His Word, which is the knowledge of truth, believers cannot prove to themselves whether or not it was God Who blessed them, or if they simply were lucky enough to have a good day. The Bible reveals more than nine hundred promises. How many promises do we know, how many promises do we believe for, and how many do we receive? “Sincere and without offence” means that we can know and receive from God with a genuine heart of understanding and sincerity that it is indeed our God Who truly blesses us. We are “being filled with the fruits of righteousness,” by Jesus Christ. “Fruits” represent the product, the result of cultivating. The fruit of righteousness can be savored and enjoyed every day, for Christ is at work within our hearts and lives. As our love abounds in the knowledge of what God has given, and knowing that Christ is at work within, then we can spiritually offer up to our God spiritual fruits of our righteousness in glory and praise to Him, and this will indeed warm the heart of God.

Hebrews 13:15-16:
-15:  By him {Jesus Christ} therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips {spoken by those who are righteous} giving thanks to his name.
-16:  But to do good and to communicate {fellowship} forget not: for with such sacrifices {of glory and praise spoken to Him}, God is {very} well pleased.

The Difference Between Believing and Hoping

“Jesus taught, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them- Mark 11:24. Believing is so much more satisfying than simply hoping that something might happen for our immediate needs. Believing is for now – hope is for later, believing is powerful – hope is quiescent, believing appropriates the promises of God – hope is anticipating the future promises of God, believing is something you are in control of – hope is coming in the future and in God’s hands – believing is receiving – hope comforts with upcoming expectation.” ~LMJ~

Having the Faith of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Mark 11:22 – And Jesus answering saith unto them {his disciples}, Have faith in God.

In the margin of the King James Bible it reads “have the faith of God.” The word faith means to have the believing faith of God. In Hebrews 11:3 we read that through the believing faith of God “the worlds {the ages} were framed by the word of God.” The ages represent periods of time or administrations in time that have been, that are, and that will be. So God’s believing is quite powerful, and here Jesus gives us access into God’s own faith, His believing faith.

Mark 11:23 – For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

This is a powerful verse of Scripture. Jesus was literally pointing to a mountain to show how powerful believing can be, and when believing is activated according to the will of God, literally anything will come to pass.

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

The mountain was used by Jesus only as an example. We were never given (by God or Jesus) the power to be destructive, rather Jesus was teaching that whatever power it takes, no matter how much might we may need to get an answer to our prayer, the faith of God can be activated to help us. Is there power in believing? There most definitely is! Is there power in prayer? Most definitely yes! Obviously we will not be removing any mountains; however, sometimes simply making it through the day is as much of a task as it is to remove a mountain. As we believe when praying, it is perfectly acceptable to put our trust and confidence in the actual faith of God Himself, rather than resting that responsibility solely upon ourselves (II Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 1:19).

God wants to answer your prayers even more than you may what to pray them. So today when you pray, please have not only faith in God, but have on your side the actual believing faith of God, and watch how God answers your prayers, as you believe that you have already received from Him.