Monday, December 19, 2011

The Morning After: Authentic Trust (1 Thessalonians 5:23-28)

For some reason, this sermon was very difficult to preach. Maybe it was because I was trying to think of how to finish the series on the book of 1 Thessalonians. Maybe it was because of the busy week I had last week. Or maybe because trust is a difficult thing for me personally. The one main question I sought to ask myself (as well as the entire church) was "Do We Really Trust God In All Things?" That can be a very difficult question to answer. Do I really believe that God is faithful? Do I really believe that He works for our good? Do I really believe that everything that happens to me is God working through situations and people to conform me more and more into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ?

The Apostle Paul gets to the end of this great letter and has nothing more to give them but to leave them in the trust and care of the One who saved them. He knows that his influence on them is waining. He knows that he can do very little in their life. His only comfort is to trust God, the One who saved them, to lead them to Holiness. He is trusting that God will eventually deal with them in every ares of their life.

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to dig our heads into the sand of our own life? When things go wrong in our life, it is easy to become so focused on what is going on that we lose the perspective of what God might be trying to teach us. Maybe the loss of the job or that trial you are going through is because God needs to deal with something in your heart that you are fighting to not give up. He who calls is faithful and He will surely bring the Christian to sanctification. Slowly but surely, God is going to be working in the life of the believer to conform them into the image of Jesus with the culmination coming when we die or when Jesus returns.
"Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it." (1 Thess. 5:23-24)
So, are we going to trust Him in all things? He is faithful. He is faithful. He is faithful. I pray you do today. If you want to listen to the message in its entirety, you can find it HERE (usually posted by Tuesday).

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