May 14, 2019: SOAP #3449:   1Chronicles 22-24; 1Thessalonians 3 Scripture:  1Thessalonians (NIV) 3:2 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God's fellow-worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3 so that no-one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined […]

May 14, 2019: SOAP #3449:   1Chronicles 22-24; 1Thessalonians 3

Scripture:  1Thessalonians (NIV) 3:2 We sent Timothy, whois our brother and God's fellow-worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, tostrengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3 so that no-one would be unsettledby these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them. 4 In fact,when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And itturned out that way, as you well know.

Observation:   Surelythese three verses are underlined in very few Bibles.  If I asked one thousand people for their topten favorite verses, I do not think that these verses would appear on anylist. 

Was it only those in Thessalonica who were to expect trials and persecution?  I don't think so.  We are fighting the same satanic kingdom todayas Paul did in his day.  We are all 'destined'for satan's interference in our lives. We should not become 'unsettled.' 

Application:  Do not be surprised if satan wants to get usback into his kingdom.  He may try tomake our lives uncomfortable.  Throughworship, through Bible reading and meditating on what I have read, throughbringing every thought into obedience to God's word, through yielding my beingto the Holy Spirit I discover that not only am I destined for trials, I am alsodestined to be an overcomer!!!    

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you have already defeated satan.  Live in my life as the Lord of my life andenforce the victories you have already won! Amen

Pastor Leon
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