It’s important to note that the first New Testament letter the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write was to give specific thanks for others to encourage them, instruct them, and remind them they are in his prayers. We all regularly need to be reminded of the same things.
If you’re a born-again Christian, there were people praying for your salvation. If you’re living Biblically, in fellowship with other believers, there are certainly people praying for you still. As I write, I’m praying that when you read this, it can help you connect with God in the intimate, personal way He desires. We can walk in the power of His promises knowing He said He’ll never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8). Whenever we become distracted or discouraged by what we see and hear around us, we can let go and fall back on the foundation, which is Jesus. Our hope is in Him! Be encouraged today knowing that Jesus is interceding for you and me.
At some points this past week I’ve stressed a bit about an upcoming mission trip my wife and I are going on. I was reminded during and after the weekend teaching that God is in control and He is good. His sacrifice made the way for us and He loved us so we can love others. Looking back, I can see how faithful He has been and know I can trust Him with my future. Then the Holy Spirit refreshed me and encouraged me to continue to look forward in anticipation to what God is going to do next.
Situations change, names and faces change and we grow older, but God never changes. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)! Our hope isn’t in a church, a pastor, or our spouses, but in the One Who saved us and renews us, moment by moment. His love and mercies are fresh every day!
Paul wrote his first letter to the church at Thessalonica. He didn’t send it to a building but to the people there who loved God. Authentic Christ followers around the world are part of the same Church. We are part of the living Church that endured and grew, from then until now, and will continue after we’re long gone. Thank You Jesus for calling us into Your Church!
Read: Isaiah 43:18-19
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Prayers and Thanks for a Healthy, Growing Church on January 26th, 2019 - Watch Sermon