Working for God’s Approval, Not Man’s

1 Thessalonians 2

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This passage starts out with Paul saying that they (Paul, Silas and Timothy) had previously suffered and been insulted.  Christians are being insulted every day, in everything we do. Verse 2 also goes on to say that they, with the help of their God, dared to tell about His gospel despite the strong opposition. How often are we given the chance to speak boldly in the name of Christ? When we do get the chance, how often do we take it? Or do we turn around and run?

They took the opportunity to talk about God because they wanted to have God’s approval not man’s. They encouraged, comforted, and urged them to live lives worthy of God.  They were torn from the Thessalonians and wanted desperately to return but they were continually stopped by Satan.

Satan is continually trying to stop us from the good that we do for God. He is always trying to get us to turn away.  The problem for him is that we know how this all ends. God WINS!!!  I know that the world is full of evil and forces are trying to pull us from God in many ways.  DON’T let Satan win.  When you are faced with something and you don’t know what to do and you think you are alone (this is one of Satan’s tricks) remember you have friends all over that love you, will listen and help you.  That is one of the wonderful things about FUEL (and Family Camp, State Camps and all the other ones I don’t know about).  You have friends that believe like you do and will stand up with you. Stand strong in your faith, share it with others and continue to bring more people to the kingdom. When Jesus returns, he and God will win; death and sin will be no more. We will get to be together forever with them and each other.

-The Ransoms

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