“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ– I Corinthians 15:57. This wonderful verse of Scripture is an actual prayer, with a beginning in thankfulness, the middle with the acknowledgment of what God has given to us – the victory, and this victory is our eternal life. Then the prayer ends by thanking God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, just as Jesus instructed us to do in our personal prayer life (John 14:13-14).” ~LMJ~
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.
“The Christian lifestyle is certainly wonderful as we continue learning about the bountifulness of God and our believing faith unlocks the vast supplies of His heavenly storehouse. In Psalms 50:10 God says that He owns cattle upon a thousand hills. This is a small portion of God’s abundance and your inheritance. The implication of Psalms 50:10 is that God can afford to reward those who diligently seek Him (Matthew 6:33, 7:7-8, and Hebrews 11:5). So today, enjoy the search, experience the joy, and rejoice as you receive the riches of your heavenly Father through your believing-faith to receive, because God is a rewarder.” ~LMJ~
Written by Larry M. Jaynes:
The Epistle of Colossians contains such wonderful truths and it is awe-inspiring for believers to read and learn as they begin or continue in their spiritual walks with God in the knowledge of Christ Jesus our resurrected Savior. God’s wonderful Word cannot be thoroughly understood in a cursory reading, rather when the believing heart looks to God’s Word for spiritual understanding and guidance, then God begins to reveal Himself in literally byte-sized portions.
When Jesus Christ was physically here, over half of his teachings were less than a single verse of Scripture because he understood the learning process of the human mind in great detail. Yet within those short verses, a world of truth and understanding can be found. For instance: remember when Jesus touched the man with leprosy (Luke 5:12-13)? On first glance we may suspect that Jesus had a magic finger; however, the word touched meant that Jesus embraced this man with a hug (lovingly)! Can you now picture Jesus walking up to this man whose body was literally falling apart and holding him in his arms as the leprosy completely subsided? WOW, this was much more than a touching moment not only for the leper but also for the masses who were watching this demonstration of the love of God that Jesus was displaying.
Jesus’ loving embrace completely set the leper free! This indeed is a wonderful study in God’s healing Word, yet it is only a fragment of Scripture, for with byte-sized morsels of the living bread of life God literally teaches His children. From time to time in our own lives as we look into the Scriptures we also can spiritually feel the eternal embrace that comes from our heavenly Father, and our resurrected Savior Christ Jesus!
-8: But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
-9: Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
-10: And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
In the Epistles, whenever the Word is asking us to put off something the Word always gives us something else to replace it with. In Colossians God is asking us to put off some incredible ill feelings that spill out into words that will only hurt us eventually. The words, “old man” represents who we were before salvation, and the “new man” represents the Christ within, and God is encouraging us to put this new man on in our minds. The new man can be continually renewed in knowledge after the image of God, Who created the Christ within.
-11: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
-12: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
-13: Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Before God’s eyes (and spiritually speaking) we have no earthly credentials because we have Christ within, and we have a heavenly standing that God recognizes. No believer is above or below another in God’s family for we are on the same par because Christ is in all believers equally. We have been elected by God Almighty to partake in the life of Christ. Before we can really forgive others we may, as the elect of God, forgive ourselves (Matthew7:3-5), for then we can genuinely reach out with the love of God and embrace others in the place of our wonderful Savior.
“The whole and greater truth about our God and His love and His blessings are available – not only to know, but even more so – we can enjoy God’s present benefits as we believe and confess the truths of God’s wonderful Word and continue delighting in our God-given faith, hope, and charity.” ~LMJ~