DATE POSTED Friday, 2023-02-10
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Thessalonians 2:4
TRANSLATION: Amplified Bible (AMP)
BIBLE TEXT: 4 But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel [that tells the good news of salvation through faith in Christ], so we speak, not as [if we were trying] to please people [to gain power and popularity], but to please God who examines our hearts [expecting our best].
APPLICATION: In reading this letter from Paul, I am reminded that not many things and/or attitudes have changed a whole lot over the years, because we – members that make up ‘the church’, are still just as stuck in our ways as the early saints of Paul’s day. It is extremely disappointing to hear ‘saints of God’ say that they will withhold their tithes until that preacher stops preaching on this subject or holding to that belief. It is so sad that members will attend church services with a thirst for the Word of God, and a deep desire to hear of His message – the Gospel of Jesus Christ, only to hear the same biases and personal political beliefs of the teacher/preacher. Often the very One that the church is supposed to represent, receives the least attention. Although many controversial subjects are clearly defined in the Word of God, yet church leaders spend an inordinate amount of time trying to decide what their stand will be on the subject. Friends, I am a firm believer that when we preach the gospel that, as Paul said, was entrusted to us, God will touch our hearts and open our minds to the truth of His Word that dictates how we are to personally handle the worldly affairs that will be hurled at us. Whereas when we expose our personal views on a matter, we will only cause strife and division in the church. Story after story in the Bible will show that Government leaders of Bible times deliberately went after Gospel teachers and preachers. But remember, they (the world) serve a different ‘god’ than we do. The thoughts, plans and future mapped out by our God are much greater than anything they are capable of imagining, so if we stick to His Word, His direction and His example, we will tend to better follow in His footsteps. In the Wilderness, Jesus didn’t respond to Satan with worldly ideas, threats or correction, but instead, He quoted the Word of God to him. As children of the King, please… let us learn to follow in the ways of Jesus and stick to the Word of God. When we commit ourselves to the plan God has in store for us, there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that will upset our applecart, for we know the plans He has for us! I was torn on the translation that best presented this verse today, because I really like the translation that said in the very last sentence – to please the God who examines us and knows our very thoughts! What a sobering thought for us! Pastors and Teachers, please don’t allow Satan to influence you on what is off-limits in the Bible. I’m sure there are subjects that Satan would like for you to stay clear of, and there are probably some subjects that your members or audience may rather not be addressed from your pulpit. But I trust that since the whole Word of God was given to us for leading others to Christ, edifying the Savior of the world, and discipleship of the saints, then I would encourage you to always take God’s lead in what He would have you share with your flock. The very subjects you were threatened not to speak on, or the most controversial topics that tend to upset children of God, are probably the ones they need to hear once again through the living, Holy Spirit who wants their attention once again on that subject. Do it as unto the Lord, dear pastor, with no desire for praise or glory on how well you will tickle the ears of the believers in your listening audience. May God be pleased with your thoughts, and through your words shared for His glory!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: There is absolutely nothing more comforting than to stand in the presence of Almighty God with a clear conscience and hear Him say ‘Well Done Good and Faithful Servant, you were true to my Word in your thoughts and in the very depths of your heart. Come join me and the Father in heaven now, knowing that my Word fell on fertile ground.’
PRAYER: Thank You heavenly Father for making us accountable to our Creator. You placed us here on this earth with a purpose in mind for each of us. You know our hearts and even our thoughts. Please give us a boldness to speak in confidence all that You have taught us through Your Word, while never trying to dilute Your truth or soften its effect because of the company we’re in or with fear of retribution from them. Please help us to know that only You can mend a broken heart and only You can save one from eternity in Hell. So, help us to speak the Word, and allow You to imprint it on the hearts of our hearers where It would make a difference for all eternity. Please have Your will and way in our lives Lord, so that we may stay true to Your commands, and help us to always be ready for a time of celebration when You impact lives because of Your Word being proclaimed. Not my will, but thine oh Lord, be done on earth as it is in heaven. AMEN!
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