As new covenant believers, we repent primarily to God’s promises and our prophetic destiny rather than just from our sins and weaknesses. We are more for good than we are against evil.
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-9 (Also 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; 2 Peter 1:3-8)
Paul was in agony, wondering how his new converts in Thessalonica were doing. He had come to their city as a result of a vision of a Macedonian man beckoning him to come from Asia Minor to Europe. After a short stay in Philippi he came to their city and began a work. The same Jewish rabble-rousers who opposed him in Philippi came to Thessalonica and stirred up civil and religious opposition to him. He had to leave prematurely for Berea; was received openly there also; but the same opponents forced an exit from there to Athens. He was concerned about the new believers. Will they continue in their new faith, or will they fall back into their old life and beliefs. He sent Timothy to
One of the surest things in life is conflict! Even Jesus, who was perfect, had opposition– and he promised us that if they opposed him, we would be opposed as well. Some of the conflict we face is NATURAL– because people are different, there are differences. But a lot of the conflict we face is SPIRITUAL. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6 that “We wrestle not against flesh & blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenly realms.” The thing that is really troubling is that this spiritual conflict is often in the religious realm. Demons go to church– Jesus encountered them in the synagogue. And it was the
We understand that to walk in wisdom we must have a plan for our personal and ministry growth.
Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 4:7-8, 14-16 (Also 2 Timothy 1:6-8; Hebrew 5:12-14; Matthew 13:3-23)
When we see a winning Olympic athlete, we know he did not wake up and randomly decide that he would try the pole vault that day! No, it involved a purposed intention to not only learn how to pole vault, but to excel at it through disciplined training. The same can be said of a successful businessman, a trained soldier, or a celebrated artist. The same assertion can be made of a Christian’s personal life and ministry– it doesn’t just happen, but comes as a result of a chosen purpose and personal discipline toward that end.
Paul exhorted his spiritual son, Timothy, to “discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7, NAS)– or as one translation worded it