Living by the Book encourages readers to read the Word, study the Word, and then share what God shows you. Not only can our sharing possibly help someone else, but it really helps us better remember what God has taught us. So, this is why I like to share what God is teaching me … in case you were wondering =)
The Holy Spirit led me to 1 Thessalonians 1. Background: Paul had planted a church there and was forced out of the city. He knew the new Christians needed more teaching, so he sent Timothy. Timothy found the Thessalonians were steadfast in their faith, but they needed more teaching in matters of Christian ethics and the end times. Paul’s letter had many goals, but 1 was to say that the trials believers endure because of their faith are not just chance happenings. 3:3 says we should even EXPECT to suffer for our faith.
My prayer is that people have been praying verse 3 for our family. ”We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor produced by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” While we strive to do everything with faith, hope, and love, we often fail . . . sometimes miserably. We need people to pray that we will do these three things!
I feel like God’s Word has certainly come to us not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction. And, out of this, God is teaching me that while the Holy Spirit is deeply convicting me of something, He might be deeply convicting others of something else. My struggle is not to judge the convictions of others. I do not think I have to agree with them, but I must not judge them.
I am really thankful for the Holy Spirit giving me such strong convictions and such a firm basis for those convictions, but I have a lot of work to do in how I handle dealing with people who hold different convictions. Can you pray for me?
My goal should be for God’s message to ring out from me. I must follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in my life – no matter the cost.