I Thessalonians 2 Part 2–Shining God’s Glory

Paul was actually distraught; because, while he wanted to return to Thessalonica to minister to the young church, he was blocked again and again.  He had opposition from enemies of his ministry to the Gentiles, but the young church had opposition as well. Many in their country did not want to see them have an influence on the lives of their community and persecuted them much as the Jews persecuted the Christians in Jerusalem. Paul wanted the Church to know that their faith is what was a shining example of God’s power and influence in the lives of people.
 
In that same way, our continued faith and walk with God display the Glory of God and His influence in men’s lives.  We walk in faith and the Lord overcomes the world’s fears, influences, and chaos. Often, it does not seem possible, but in the end, God makes a way when there seems to be no way.  It is faith in the difficult times and events that makes God stand out.  When God stands out, he also allows us to do so.  We continue to stand firm, even when it is difficult. Then when others are in need, we are generous and kind as God was kind to us.  It is an amazing outcome, and it helps His chosen to become what God has called us to be–His ambassadors.  
 
God Bless You

 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers and sisters became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews 15 who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone 16 in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way, they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.[b]

Paul’s Longing to See the Thessalonians

17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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