LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL
By Pastor Mensa Otabil
Saturday 15th August, 2020
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)
The early Christians were just like us. They were not perfect people. They were human beings saved by grace trying to live the Christian life. They had the same kinds of human attitudes and limitations we have today. When you read the letters of Paul to the early church, you notice that he addresses situations very similar to the situations we have in the church today.
In this part of his letter to the Thessalonians, he addresses the lifestyle of some people in the church. Some believed Jesus was going to return so soon so they didn’t work. Their whole focus in life was on waiting for the appearing of Christ; what we call the rapture. Others spent their time visiting other believers from house to house, eating and asking for money. As they did so, they also spread gossip from one member’s home to the other.
Unfortunately, they took this bad habit outside the church to unbelievers, misconducted themselves and became bad examples in the community.
So the Apostle Paul cautioned them to walk properly; or act with decency. The same admonition applies today. Living without a clear purpose and just looking out for a miracle or spiritual experience without working is improper living. Paul first encouraged them to lead quiet lives – not as busy bodies, interfering in everybody else’s issues.
He also urged them to work with their hands and mind their own businesses. Working is seen as a means of walking properly. The early church did not see work as an act of unbelief but an act of faith. Working was meant to help the believer not to lack anything; in other words for the believers to prosper and live gainfully. God expects us to commit ourselves to living a decent life and to invest in our work.
Today, that counsel is still valuable. We must not let our expectation of heaven stop us from living a gainful earthly life. The same God who gives us Eternal Life and also gives us abundant life here on earth. Both are the blessings of the believer. Christ recommends that we occupy till He comes. We must not be so spiritually minded that we would be on no earthly use. That means find something profitable to do with your life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank for the wisdom and opportunity you have given me to create wealth; bless the work of my hands and prosper me so that I lack nothing. In Jesus name, Amen!
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Topic: Hold On To The Word
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts (2 Peter 1:19).
As God’s children, we’re not trying to win in life; whatever trouble comes to us isn’t “Live”; we’re only acting out a script. In that script, it’s written that you won. You’re only going to have a problem if you don’t follow the script. The script is God’s Word.
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It doesn’t matter what comes at you when you follow the script—the Word—you’d boldly declare, “Nay, in all these things I’m more than a conqueror!” You’ll always be unmoved. Why? You already have the sure word of prophecy that no matter your experiences, the Word is more dependable!
Read our theme verse again; it reveals the secret of keeping afloat, the secret of winning continually, growing always and ever making progress. No matter who you are, no matter what your experiences may have been, it says, “Take heed to the Word of God as a light that shines in a dark place.”
Let’s suppose you’re currently in a dark place in your life and your experiences are so terrible; everything seems to be completely against your knowledge of the Word of God. You’re praying and it’s like nothing is changing; God says, “Look at that word of prophecy which may be like a flicker of light, and hold on to it! Hang in there, unwavering, until the day dawns, and the day star arises in your heart.” Hallelujah!
As you hold on to the Word, you’d hear the voice of the Spirit telling you, “Relax, everything is all right.” Hallelujah! In that seemingly dark place, God’s Word is there; the challenge came to pass. Therefore, refuse to give up or be dismayed.
I have a more sure word of prophecy with which I make war and subdue circumstances. I’m unperturbed by the circumstances of life because I have the secret of keeping afloat; the secret of continually winning, growing always, making progress and never going down. Whatever comes against me, the Word is my confidence and advantage. Hallelujah!
Matthew 24:35; Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Isaiah 40:8; The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
1 Peter 1:25; But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 15:1-21 & Esther 1-4
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
2 Corinthians 11:1-9 & Isaiah 19
Rhapsody of Realities 30th June 2020 Devotional was written by Pastor Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (D.Sc., D.D.). President of Loveworld Inc. aka Christ Embassy Int’l.