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Scripture: 1 Thes 3:7-13

7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord. 9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. 11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

 

Three factors that help us move forward victoriously in the storms of Life:

1. Faith Factor

”… in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith… “ (v.13)

Now faith is the substance … (Heb 11:1)

Without faith it is impossible to please God … (Heb 11:6)

A. Because of Your Faith

When the Son of man comes, will He really find faith on earth? (Luke 18:8)

O woman great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed at that very hour. (Matt 15:22)

B. Because You are Standing Firm in the Lord

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isa. 43:2)

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold. So, when your faith remains strong after many trials, it will bring much praise and glory and honour on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (1 Pet. 1:7)

 

2, Prayer Factor

Night and day we pray most earnestly … (v.10)

Get someone to pray with and for you

…. pray for one another. (James 5:16)

… we have not stopped praying for you. (Colossians 1:9)

… brothers pray for us. (1 Thessalonians 5:25)

Let us come boldly to the throne of grace. (Hebrews 4:16)

… pray for us … (2 Thessalonians 3:1)

 

3. Love Factor

A. Ask God to increase and overflow you with love

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else … (v.12)

Whoever does not love, does not love God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8)

By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:35)

B. God’s Love is Our Strength

So, do not fear for I am with you; do not be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isa. 41:10)

 

 

By: Rev. Derek Sim

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