Paulprayedthat the Thessalonian Church would be watching and waiting when Jesus returned to earth with all of His saints. Paul was constantly concerned about that. God wants all Christians, in every period of church history, to live each day expecting Jesus to come again for us. (1 Thess. 3) I believe the purpose of that message was first, to give us a sense of urgency to get the gospel out to as many people as possible. In addition, Paul wanted to give us a sense of priority, because when Christ comes, we are going to leave everything behind. Our priority should be the eternal things of the Spirit. And because Jesus could return at any time, we are motivated to walk in holiness. The hope of Jesus’ imminent return is a purifying hope.
In Every Christian’s heart there is a cross and a throne, and the Christian is on the throne until he puts himself on the cross. If he refuses the cross, he remains on the throne. Maybe this is what is at the bottom of the backsliding and worldliness among many believers today. (1 Thessalonians 2) – People want to be saved but we insist that Christ do all the dying. No cross for us, no giving up our throne, no dying. We remain king within the little kingdom of self, and we wear our tinfoil crown with all the pride of Caesar, but we doom ourselves to shadows and weakness and spiritual sterility.” A.W Tozer 1897 – 1963
Lord Jesus Christ is not His first, middle, and last name. Unfortunately many Christians think “Lord” is Jesus’ name. But His name is “Jesus.” His title is “Lord.” When you say “Lord” you are talking about a relationship. He is Master, you are servant. The name Jesus is the Greek for the Hebrew name “Joshua” or “Yeshua” which means “Yahweh is Salvation.” (I Thess. 1) But Jesus was also the promised Messiah. The word “Messiah” means “Anointed one.” Messiah in the Greek is “Christos” from which we get our word “Christ”. Recall how the anointing oil was poured over Aaron’s head (Lev.8). That oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was anointed by God the Father to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Rev.19).”
Christians should be so captivated by the wonder of our great God, and Savior that we want to know Him more. We know prayer is the best way of coming into the presence of our Lord, Jesus Christ. But if our everyday life is filled with the barrenness of busyness, and there is no serious determination to pray, we will lose the wonder of being conformed to the image of Christ, and knowing our God more personally. (Colossians 4) Prayer is possible. God is accessible. And the Holy Spirit of God will provide every one of us the wisdom, power, and encouragement to help us draw closer to our wonderful Lord every day. The Spirit of God will take our understanding of prayer to new heights, and He will help us have a deeper life of prayer. All we have to do is ask.
We study the Word of God so that we become richer in our understanding & the knowledge of God. And His Word becomes more at home in our lives. How can you tell if His Word is dwelling in you richly? You will be “teaching & admonishing one another in psalms & hymns & spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord!” (Colossians 3) Rich and various kinds of worship is a sign that the Word of God is dwelling richly in our hearts. It is also a great way to plant His Word in our heart and mind as we sing songs that teach us the Word of God, and help us meditate on His truth. Let it happen in your life every day.