We can’t just speak the Good News, the Holy Spirit must be present to provide the power.MY FAITH EXPRESSIONS
1 Thessalonians 1:1 (NLT) says,
1 This letter is from Paul, Silas, and Timothy.
We are writing to the church in Thessalonica, to you who belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
May God give you grace and peace.
Many of the Thessalonians had come to believe in Christ. They experienced Salvation and experienced the Holy Spirit. Paul was unable to be there to teach them as they grew in their faith. In his need to minister to them, Paul wrote them letters such as this.
In this letter written in 1 Thessalonians chapter 1, Paul speaks on how he, Silas, and Timothy give thanks for the faith of the Thessalonian believers. As they prayed to God concerning them, they thought on their faithful work, their loving deeds, and the enduring hope they have because of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 1:2 (NLT) says,
2 We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. 3 As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.
These things probably stood out to Paul because it was a demonstration of the people’s faith in God and the ultimate power of the Holy Spirit to shift the atmosphere and bring about lasting change amongst God’s people. It revealed that they trusted in the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:4-7 (NLT) says,
4 We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people. 5 For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you. 6 So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord. 7 As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece—throughout both Macedonia and Achaia.
Paul says that when they brought the Thessalonians the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave them full assurance that what they said was true.
When we speak what God gives to us in reference to the Good News of Jesus Christ, we must make sure that our words are not just mere words, but that they are backed by the power of the Holy Spirit that is in operation within our lives. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that penetrates the hearts of those who are listening and evokes the change that begins to take place within their lives. What we have to say, even when it is truth, will not go very far if the Holy Spirit does not go along with it to break down stony hearts and cut through the chains that have many imprisoned within the chaos of their hearts and minds.
The way that Paul, Silas, and Timothy lived among them when they were there with them was a demonstration of their concern for them. The message to the Thessalonians was received with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering that it had brought them. In this way, they imitated both Paul, Silas, and Timothy, as well as the Lord, finding joy within their suffering. The Thessalonians, as a result, had become an example to all the believers in Greece – throughout both Macedonia and Achaia.
What caused the joy in hearing and receiving this Good News even though the current status of their lives did not immediately change? It was the power of the Holy Spirit.
A lot of people are looking for instant deliverance from everything that causes disturbance within their lives, when they turn to the Lord. But we must realize that people, including ourselves, did not fall into these situations and traps of the enemy, Satan, overnight. Our lives were not turned upside down with just one step to the left or the right. A lot of things led us towards a dark place that only the light of the Holy Spirit can bring us out of. Sometimes, it takes various stages to be completely free and to see the evidence of change in someone’s life.
This requires the staying power that the Holy Spirit provides that goes beyond the words that are spoken. This will allow people the ability to fight and to hold on to see what God has in store for their lives.
The Holy Spirit allows us to stand strong and helps us to realize that we are no longer alone and no longer fighting these battles on our own.
We can move beyond the initial point of Salvation upon repentance and change in the course of our life towards full deliverance from what Satan intended for evil within our lives. Like the Thessalonian believers who had left behind their old way of living, we can have this type of joy and be an example to other’s right where we are.
Paul’s intent was to encourage them as it relates to how far they had come and to strengthen them for the upcoming adversity that they would face.
We can turn to God’s Word here and apply the words of Paul to our lives. We can be encouraged that with God by our side, Jesus interceding on our behalf, and the Holy Spirit empowering us, we can make it through any scenario that we must face. Even in the midst of suffering, no matter how great or small, we do not just have the mere Words of Scripture, but we have the power of the Holy Spirit lifting us up in our various times of need and cries for help and strength.
Everywhere they went, people were telling Paul, Silas, and Timothy about the Thessalonians faith in God. Before their joyful conversion, the Thessalonians worshiped other gods. However people kept talking about how they turned away from idols to serve the living and true God.
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 (NLT) says,
8 And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it, 9 for they keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God. 10 And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment.
The Holy Spirit provided the power of the Good News that caused a redirect in the lives of the Thessalonians. Without this power, undeniable change would not have occurred.
Let us pray and ask God to word our mouths and let the power of the Holy Spirit do the work that it was intended to do.
Lord, as I continue to grow and learn and speak Your Word to others, I give the Holy Spirit full reign over all of my endeavors to touch someone’s life. Do not let anything that I say be of myself, but let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight. Let the Holy Spirit be the change agent that brings about total deliverance in the lives of many. Lord, my mere words are not enough to do anything, but as You use me and speak through me, let Your power flow. Let the words be a source of comfort and allow others to see and recognize truth. Let Biblical application take place and let Your glory be revealed.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Thank God. Amen.
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