1 Thessalonians 5


1 Thessalonians 5 is speaking to my heart this morning. I want so badly to be the person described…

“But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and Love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.”

“For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”

“We urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.”

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

“God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.” 

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State-of-mind

Enjoy the present moment. 

Leave the past behind. 

The future isn’t here yet…

It’s all a state-of-mind. 

Slowly, but surely, transforming…

That’s what I am choosing to believe. 

I am able to give Grace,

Because I’ve been shown it. 

I thank God for that.

I haven’t been the person God intended.

I’ve been anxious,

Controlling,

Doubtful,

Faithless,

Ungrateful…

A monster. 

But it’s not over,

The page is turning…

The leaves are changing colors.

The dead is starting to breathe, once again. 

Revived by God’s spirit,

Into something strong,

Steady,

And free. 

Immovable 

I want to tattoo “undesirable” on my forehead. 
But only for this moment. 

The permanent mark of it would do no justice. 

For I know, that the meaning of the word is only temporary and is not truthful. 

But I can’t help but feel this way. 

When two insecurities collide, it is a chaotic mess.

Like a hand grenade waiting to explode, 

Into broken tears and resentful words… 

How do you wipe away the residue of doubt, 

When the patterns are cemented and seemingly immovable? 

The Pursuit of Knowing Truth 

I want the world to know that this life is not about getting to heaven. 
It’s ultimately about knowing and uncovering the truth about God for who He truly is. 

It’s about learning His heart.

It’s not through feeling like we have accomplished many things we think He approves of, but about opening our heart to truly knowing Him. 

This world will always have opinions and mindsets about what He is, and about how we should live. 

We can’t know the truth about Him through learning by hearing and watching others experience Him. 

We must connect with Him ourselves, in our own intimate relationship. 

Having that uniquely, personal relationship with God will build meaning and purpose.

This will grow that desire and Love by starting the journey of knowing Him. 

It isn’t easy. That is the truth. 

There are many distractions, and the enemy will do everything to tell you lies that you are incapable and undeserving of truly knowing God. 

But God’s intention was always for you to know Him, and to help you become fully alive through that process. 

Be strong and fight for your right to know Truth. 

Advice 

Take yourself a little more seriously. 
Believe in the words that escape your mouth,

The ones that are spoken within you that often times leak out,

Believe in the spontaneous moments that are starving for your attention,

Believe in the beauty of nature, and how it is so mind-blowingly intricate that there must be a grand Creator.

Follow the beat of your heart that is good, by knowing it’s goodness derived from a sacred place. 

Know deep down that there is a bigger purpose and that your pre-destined role is needed. 

Apply the advice you humbly give. 

It was meant for you, before you gave it. 

Fuzzy Sweater

Comfortable.

Wrapped up in the coziest sweater that could wrap around a baby elephant.

But my mind is a circus.

I shouldn’t spend all my time within the warmth of the soft material,

Nor do I want to.

I want to be challenged and grow stronger,

But it seems my heart has molded and meshed into the strands of cotton.

I can’t focus on what He wants to teach me.

I am distracted,

And doubtful if it’s His voice I’m even hearing…

What is wrong with me? What am I lacking? What am I forgetting?

To cluttered and overwhelmed by the demands of this life and the many voices around and within me,

My time is spread too thinly, but my options are few.

I need to pause, just a moment, to catch my breath.

Then, I’ll be ready to hang up the sweater,

And my heart will be more prepared to handle the cold parts of this world.

Not because the sharp winds have stopped,

But because, in the quiet, the warmth of His presence will surround.

Through each pause, I’ll trust a little more.

Your Heart is Good

Have you ever felt that you aren’t being the person you want to be? You may not always act like the person you are, and during those times you feel like maybe you aren’t the kind, calm, encouraging, and beautiful person, afterall. 

You start to question if you are good. 

And when you make mistakes that aren’t good, you don’t always feel good about yourself, which can affect not only your self view, but how you interact and react to others. 

When we don’t feel like we are good, we won’t follow through with actions, we won’t be as encouraging towards others, and we will be so consumed with our not-so-goodness, we will miss out on the bigger picture. It isn’t about our goodness and actions, but about Who’s goodness dwells within us. 

God has given us a new life, with a new heart. In His Resurrection, we have found an affirming truth. 

We can be strengthened in knowing that even on our gloomiest days, we are not our mistakes. We are ever-growing and changing into more wise, capable, and mature creations. We are not ignorant, but aware, of the process of transformation that is made possible through Jesus’ Resurrection in the form of the Holy Spirit being present within us. 

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” -John 10:10 

“We are saved by his life when we find that we are able to live the way we’ve always known we should live. We are free to be what he meant when he meant us. You have a new life- the life of Christ. And you have a new heart. Do you know what this means? Your heart is good (Waking the Dead).”