Bible Bytes

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Learning God’s Word in byte-sized portions is the absolute best way to gain an understanding of the Scriptures, especially the sections within the Bible that are written to the believer of today. The Church Epistles are directly addressed to believers who live and grow daily in the grace of God’s divine Word. In I Thessalonians we have a series of Bible bytes that give to the believer tremendous understanding and spiritual light.

I Thessalonians 5:16 – Rejoice evermore.

This is the entire verse of Scripture: “Rejoice evermore.” So when are we to rejoice? Evermore. This means always, during good times as well as hard times. To rejoice is to have joy over and again, and the result of rejoicing is laughter, like Sarah, Abraham’s wife. Her laughter was the result of beginning to believe in a promise of God and the joy within her heart overflowed into laughter. As we learn God’s healing Word, rejoicing becomes a second nature response from simply knowing that God is so very well pleased with us. Some negatives may come our way today yet we are able to rejoice evermore because we know the result, we know that we are more than conquerors because we believe God, His Word, and we believe His promises of deliverance to us.

I Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing.

Again this is a Bible byte, yet it contains a world of truth with instruction, guidance, and encouragement. To “pray without ceasing” means never to give up on our prayers though at times it may appear that some of our prayers go unanswered. Still, when God’s Word promises us something and we pray with believing for it, it will absolutely come to us. I have one prayer that I have been faithful to for more than seventeen years, and I believe in my heart that the answer is still coming. Almost all of our prayers are answered right away, or in the due process of time as our need truly arises, and sometimes they do take time before we receive our answers; however, if we pray with believing and we do not give up, we will reap.

When we put our trust in the hands of God and pray without ceasing, even if we do not immediately see the results that we want, it does not mean that God does not care. Rather, we can use this as a challenge to help build our thankfulness and faithfulness to the words of life. When I first became a Christian believer I had hundreds of questions, and over the years I have received hundreds of answers to my questions, yet I still have questions, perhaps even more than at the start. Yet God continues answering me through His Word, or by hearing a teaching, or I see it in a book, or God inspires me with inspirations and revelations as life seems to go on without too much trouble.

This is the same with prayer, we can believe that God’s timetable is always perfect, and when we do receive the answers to our prayers they are usually greater than we could even imagine because God always goes beyond what we can ask or even think.

I Thessalonians 5:18 – In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Being thankful for everything that God gives to us is a result of our prayer life, this is the context that the giving of thanks is set in, for this is living in the will of God. “Concerning you” means that God’s will is always directed toward you in Christ Jesus. God will is to be continuously answering our prayers as we continue to be thankfully “rejoicing evermore” along our life’s path.

Work Now – Reap Later

“I Corinthians 9:10 declares, he that ploweth should plow in hope, because we do not reap the harvest at the moment we have plowed, rather the produce comes in after the ground is prepared, the seeds have been planted, the soil has been watered, the weeds have been pulled, the temperature cooperates, and the sun has supplied its energy. Still, the hope was also planted on the very day of tillage in the heart of the farmer, for he has expectation for a future crop, to give him hope in his final outcome (Jeremiah 29:11). A farmer sows and cultivates with the hope that there soon will be a bountiful harvest for him to reap while his work continues.” ~LMJ~

Casting Our Care upon God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When I recall first hearing that I could cast all of my cares upon God, I first thought, “Why would I do such a thing as giving God something that I do not even want?” That is a good question, and the answer is wonderful!

Casting our cares upon God is the will of God, for in doing so He can then go to work delivering us from all our cares. To cast is to deliberately pass it on with mental thought, like as if we were casting a fishing line into a particular spot on a lake where the fish are swimming. Do you know what else? When we cast deliberately, we expect to bring in a catch. It is the same with God; He would love nothing more than to return unto us the true desires of our hearts, and one key about “how to receive from God” is by first casting our cares, then the receiving will come.

I Peter 5:7 (The Amplified bible): **
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

The first usage of “care” in I Peter 5:7 in the Greek Text is a different word than the second two words, “cares.” The first word “care” means that which is distracting the mind, such as our anxieties and our worries, while the word “cares” above (used twice) is beautifully illustrated in the Amplified Bible with the words affectionately and watchfully. In the Text, “cares,” means to be an object of care or interest, with forethought.

I Peter 5:7 from the Zondervan Interlinear Greek reads as follows, “All your care having cast upon him, because with him there is care about you.” God is genuinely concerned about you and me in His reasoning and thinking, for He gave (way before we were born) His only begotten Son for us, knowing that in the end we would be redeemed and we would belong to Him. “For I {God} know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

We, on our own merits, are oftentimes distracted in our minds with the cares of this world, while God is never distracted and ready to answer our prayers and deliver us from the cares of this world. Now that we are the children of God, His greatest desire is to care for us completely, yet a man or woman must believe and be fully persuaded that what God promises us through His Word, He is also willing and able to do for us (Romans 4:20–21).

Psalms 55:22 (The Amplified Bible): *
Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).

Our loving heavenly Father is always able to deliver us; all we need to do is give over to Him whatever is a burden to us. Thankfully, God will never give them back to us, yet sometimes we may become impatient and take them back ourselves, and some people actually blame God for not working on their timetables.

Recall God’s promise to us that we shall reap if we faint not (Galatians 6:9). God will never allow the righteous (you and me) to be moved from our convictions when we give God the blessed opportunity to care for us.

II Corinthians 1:10:
Who {God} delivered {past tense} us from so great a death, and doth deliver {present tense}: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us {future tense};

The great “death” is in reference to the end times, yet we have been completely delivered from any and all the future judgments (I Thessalonians 1:10), for we have been given eternal life (I John 5:11–12). II Corinthians 1:10 is an awesome verse stating that we have already been delivered from something that has yet to happen! God also delivers us in the present-tense here and now (Galatians 1:4).

We may also have complete trust in our God to deliver us from any and all impending troubles. Believers can become the recipients of all the blessings of God, and they truly will become ever more tangible for us the more we cast our cares upon God.

In I Peter 3:15 the Word says: “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts” and the word “sanctify” means to set aside, to make room. The more room we set aside in our hearts for God, the closer will be our relationship in the care of our faithful Creator.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.