Scripture: 1/2 Thessalonians. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Paul, Silas, and Timothy continued on their journey, passing through Amphipolis and Apollonia, and stopping in Thessalonica. When trouble arose in Thessalonica, they headed for Berea. Paul then set out to Athens, and Silas and Timothy stayed behind in order to encourage the believers. As we read through these next short Books of the Bible, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, we learn about faithfulness to the Lord, Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica, Paul wanting to see the Thessalonians, Timothy’s encouraging report, living to please our Heavenly Father, the Coming of Jesus, standing firm in our faith, warning against idolatry, request for prayer, and final instructions/greetings. Follow along as we read the Books of 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians, following these disciples’ journey as they preached the Gospel to others!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
When we follow God and His path for our lives, we will more than likely come up against persecution, slander, and oppression. However, the Holy Spirit will help us to remain strong in our faith. And God promises to reward our faith in Him by giving us the power and helping us through the rough times. No matter what, we must be faithful to Him. When we are ministering, we should be bold and faithful, also being sensitive to others and self-sacrificing. Jesus will one day return, and no one knows that day except God. We will be with our loved ones who have trusted in Jesus, free of pain and suffering, for eternity. We must live as though we are expecting Jesus to return at any time, for we do not want to be caught unprepared. Evil is all throughout our world. Our God is an Almighty God, and He is in complete control. He is our Protector, and He will guard us during Satan’s attacks. We must continue to endure, doing what is right at all times, pleasing God, the One who loves us more than we can even imagine.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.