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Worthy

We know the opposite of worthy is worthless and that it means not having any worth at all. So, what then is the definition of worthy? It would mean that the person or thing identified does have worth, value and merit. Paul asked God that the church at Thessalonica be "enabled…to live a life worthy of His call." (2 Thess. 1:11) Which is similar to what Paul said at both Ephesus and Colosse, "live a life worthy of your calling" (Eph. 4:1) and "the way you live will always honor and please the Lord…" (Col. 1:10) How were they worthy of the call to become a believer? Paul said to the believing Thessalonicans, "We proudly tell God's other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering. And God will use this persecution to show His justice and to make you worthy of His Kingdom, for which you are suffering." (2 Thess. 1:4-5) Paul was able to boast in their spirituality because all were seeing th…

Recycling In Life Series - Faithfulness Study - 14

We have been talking about faithfulness to God, self and others. If you establish patterns of faithfulness in your life, however small you may think they are, then that faithfulness will spill over into other areas. Being responsible in doing small things will enhance your ability to be responsible in large things. Take a quick review of your life. Where do you find yourself not faithful? Now, don't just review the big things in your life, look at the small things also, which could include little rules, small money, and little actions. Many quote the thought to destiny phrase: "Sow a thought, reap an action; sow and action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a lifestyle; and sow a lifestyle, reap a destiny." Thinking more about faithfulness, will definitely turn into action in line with it and the above process will happen in a good way. Here is more to think about concerning faithfulness: Examples of Faithfulness to Study: Moses was ca…

Recycling In Life Series - Faithfulness - 13

What are the most prevalent areas of unfaithfulness in people? Certainly they could include marriage, work and church. So, what are the results experienced when people are unfaithful in these areas? That seems obvious: divorce, fired from their job and lack of spiritual growth. Jesus shares the parable of the three servants entrusted with their owner's money while he was away on a long trip. "He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities." (Matthew 25:15) Two of them invested their silver allotment to gain more but the third dug a hole in the ground and hid his allotment. When their master returned, he asked for an account of his money. The servant who invested his five bags earned five more, and the servant who received two bags earned two more. But the servant who hid the one bag confessed his fear of losing it so there was no return on the investment. He was called a wick…

Rest

Have you ever heard someone say, "I just need some rest." Maybe you might have said this, too. Some people are unable to rest well at night. They can't seem to shut off their mind and so restlessness plagues them. When was the last time you really rested well? Rest is not over-rated but under-appreciated for your body. You feel different when you don't have the rest you need. Our bodies need rest to be able to respond correctly to a new day of work. Rest restores the spring in your step, helps you be positive, tolerant and accepting. We could be talking about a good night's sleep or a week of vacation, whatever will renew your body. I have found for me that one week just gets me relaxed and I need the second week to really rest up. If I go back to work too soon, I will short-circuit the process of resting and that will bring me consequences. Certainly there is physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual rest. Each of these has a place but the one we all need the mos…

Devoted Prayer

What are you devoted to? Is it a person, a project, or possibly an issue? Devotion reveals loyalty, faithfulness, and a deep affection. It can make us cross our nation and stand on the steps of Congress. It can cause us to work feverishly in an election for a congressman or senator. It might put us at the steps of the Supreme Court to advocate for an issue dear to our heart. We don't do any of this unless we are devoted. So we know that these two words "devoted prayer" express a type of attention to prayer. They give us a sense of what should characterize our prayers. In Paul's last paragraphs to the church at Colosse he wrote, "Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart." (Colossians 4:2) Here is the devotion of self. Commentators define that devotion as "clinging closely to" or "remaining constant to." It suggests a gritty determination to not give up until God's response comes and is illustrated by Jesus'…