Hello, this is the Think Doctor, Pastor Phil coming to you with wisdom for life and living.
That is how I start out the 1-2 minute devotional blurbs. And I mean it. Hope C is all about bringing you into a place of wisdom and well being through discovered truth. Truth undiscovered is like the tree that falls in the forest with no one around. Did it make a sound? Yes. Was the sound of any value to you? No. It passed by and you missed getting the value.
Let’s examine the power and impact of these verses. Let’s discover and uncover the truth that will set you free in body, mind, spirit, emotions, relationships, and finances. The truth brings wisdom and well being in all areas of life in Christ.
1 Thessalonians 1:6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
Summary: The Thessalonians found that by imitating the leaders sent of God and imitating Christ that they entered into a life of joy and escape out of severe suffering. This was such a powerful testimony that it became known everywhere. They left the old life and found a new one full of joy and power from that day forward.
1. They became imitators
2. They welcomed the message in the middle of severe suffering
3. Their reception was so powerful and the joy so evident it RANG OUT to others.
4. Others repeated the message of the living and true God, Christ.
So, let’s walk through this snippet out of testimony from these great people. These are people just like us. There was nothing special about them until they connected with the power of the joy of the Holy Spirit in Christ. We have the same opportunity. We can become imitators, receive, drop our suffering, and become models for others. Yes, we can. Yes, you can.
On facebook a friend posted a video story that I love. She pointed out that she had learned this lesson in one of our workshops from me. She is becoming an imitator. She is ringing out the message of wisdom in living for others to follow.
When I met this person, she was not showing her happy. There were issues that needed resolving. She was determined to do something different with her life and received the message with joy. Well, not a first. At first, she wanted to punch me out. But she changed. She opened up and received in the midst of severe suffering. Now her reception is so powerful, it is ringing out to others and they are repeating the message.