1 Thessalonians 1
We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers,
3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,
5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.
You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit,
7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.
8 For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.
9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead.
Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
to whom belong wisdom and might.
21 He changes times and seasons;
he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;
22 he reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with him.
23 To you, O God of my fathers,
I give thanks and praise
What are the things of God.
A deep and abiding, steadfast commitment to God.
Something of Heart. Where God connects Himself to our Soul.
God is going to require a Bear Hunt. There are days we will stand outside and tears will flow and faces register a huge Grief.
Life will allow us to bear the marks of being Christ Jesus' won. We can be bitter or better.
No voyage of God is going to be without the Portions of the Psalms having a wailing Heart Cry Out to God for Help. Anger. Betrayal. Usury. Greed. Injustice.
There will be war. There well be times where opinions clash. Needs differ. Families are of different opinions.
Just as we think the situation will never change. God will bring in change.
And He provides Strength when we do this - Delight in God. See His Promises as His Being Father. When we want God so much, that every time we reach out to God - we are going to grow. Childhood has a time where we are given memories - an example would be that every time I went to sleep as a child - I saw gold, real gold tiles. Every Time. And learned in my late teens the streets of Heaven are gold. Promises in change. Promises of yesterday, today and tomorrow. In childhood, growth can cause bones to grow and joints to stretch - this can cause pain. In pain, we don't know that growth is a blessing. But as the season changes, we can absolutely believe the challenge "All Things Work Together for Good, for Those Who Love the Lord and Work According to His Purpose." Even find adventure here.
To experience the Fruit of God. Love. Joy. Peace. Encouragement. Diligence. Dignity. Peace. Comfort. Wisdom. Patience. Finding the treasure - His Mercies Renew Each Day. To do this in all seasons - we have to have faith God is God. God's Will is Good. He has a Plan for me. To be earnest and sincere to the LORD GOD. And when we set our path straight to God. We find out amazing stories going beyond endurance and suffering sustaining Peace and Joy. Putting down the opinions of men to do the Will of the One Who is Good.
And in the overcoming. The understanding of God. Gratitude is going to pour forth. Sincere, bone deep, refreshing, renewal. Changing for the Good. Upward building to God. And in this Thanksgiving - a soul in Love with God. God will delight. The heart is a hearth, an oasis. A real place. Not lalalallala fake this. Not without times of stress, not a permanent happy place. A Joy that returns so often - God and the soul know Joy, Love, Peace, Encouragement, Diligence, Heaven is at hand.
Faith begins to encompass understanding - I may be overwhelmed.
I may be overworked.
I may be overlooked.
I may be pressed for a solution.
I may be bored.
I may be broke.
But this soul of God's will know that God is not going to leave or forsake a child of His. Joy arrives with Light.
Abba, Father God!
A new season is upon us. Collectively. A new unity in seeing what we did not hope to see. A new need to realize the arrival is not what we hoped.
Seasons of this Nation have proven a Nation with virtues. Our political conventions reflect the virtues we desire to be and receive. The desire to have given love, comfort and joy to our children. Scriptures record this as a Parent returning to their Child. We have flaws in this Nation of selfishness. And our schools are amazing. And we are ungrateful.
Let us Not forget as the Presidential Election ends - no one is going to be completely thrilled. Less that 5% of the Nation is excited at this election. Balloons are going to fly, but there is a lot of trepidation.
What will God weave from this unprecedented election? We will see more qualified people step up to want to help. We learned this in 911. We come from Good Fathers in this Nation. Brought up by Good Mothers. We have seen this Nation overcome foreign invasion and even have to rebuild the White House. We have overcome when the World was at War. We have been pulled down too many times by the victory to making petty war. We have overcome Vietnam. We have overcome a great Civil War and another war of Civil Rights to become more civil. We overcame a Great Depression by doing what Houston did for Hurricane Ike. The civilians with Soul - fed one another.
What arrives? With faith, hope and Love, we will have Jesus and we will go forward. With God as our Strength. We might wobble, but the Victory in Jesus is sure.
Wonderful Counselor. Almighty God. Prince of Peace. Emmanuel. God with us. In all seasons, all changes, all weather, our future in God is secure and we are His.
Victory in Jesus! The blessing of knowing in God -
Jacob is chosen for wanting to bless all his children.
Abraham is Father of Nations for seeking the lives of others and Mercy of God Who is Love.
David is our Wonderful David because in Victory - David is a Shepherd.
Hezekiah is prosperity of prayers heard and overcoming the impossible by refusing the advice of his earthly Father and holding fast to our Heavenly Father.
Sarah is fruitful only because she holds on to her husband who trusts God - showing the power of marriage.
Jesus is God's Only Son for His willingness to put Purity, Holiness, God first to bring to all the Children of God.
Almighty God embraces not just one person. God would put us in His Care as tenderly as a Mother Hen.
Abba is going to let us have the privilege of following Jesus and He is going to bring us forward in Christ Jesus the Lord. Our Wonderful Savior Jesus. Our prayer and our Amen is With Jesus Always. Alleluia. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †