Friday June 11, 2021

Friday – June 11th – 1 Thessalonians 3:6-8     -----     
 
3:6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always have good remembrance of us, greatly desiring to see us, as we also to see you-- 
7 therefore, brethren, in all our affliction and distress we were comforted concerning you by your faith. 
8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord. 
 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
      THE BEGINNING OF ANXIETY IS THE END OF FAITH; THE BEGINNING OF TRUE FAITH IS THE END OF ANXIETY.*

     Friday of this week has arrived and with it the thankfulness of another work week almost completed. And the hits just keep coming in our inspirational thoughts for this week. I would suggest that many of us would probably deny regular dealings with anxiety in our lives. However, a greater reality is that we are probably very familiar with “worry”. I think that in this inspirational thought those two words could/would/should be interchangeable. When we worry or are anxious about a situation, especially those which we have no control over, we are setting aside our faith in God’s ability to take care of the situation. As we approach this weekend may our goal be to move past anxiety and worry and instead, in faith, trust God more and more.
 
   In our pick verses today, we continue Paul’s thankfulness concerning the good report he received about the rock-steady faith of the Thessalonians. Timothy has returned to Paul in Athens and is sharing the excellent news that in spite of the false teachers and the harassments from Jewish leaders in Thessalonica, these new believers were strong in their faith.  This news brings a passionate response from Pau showing how much he loved this group of believers. After having such deep anxiety and concern over them, their standing fast in the Lord gave him a new lease on life. I often wonder how Paul would feel about our commitment to the Gospel and our willingness to stand firm in our faith when we are bombarded with false teachings. What might he say to each of us?

Blessings
  Pastor Jim
Saturday – June 12th – 1 Thessalonians 3:9-10

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 30177). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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