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That No One Be Moved

"1 Therefore, when we could not stand it any longer, we thought it good to be left behind at Athens alone, 2 and sent Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the Good News of Christ, to establish (strengthen) you, and to comfort (encourage) your faith; 3 that no one be moved by these afflictions (pressure, tribulation, persecution). For you know that we are appointed (destined) to this task.” 1 Thessalonians 3:1-3 NHEB  (All words in ( ) are other meanings of the previous word in Biblical Greek and inserted by me for your understanding).

After our class in the Institute of Biblical Studies (Empowered Ministry#4) this past Tuesday evening, one of my older students who has diligently studied his Greek for many years, came to me to share something he found during our class study. He traced a word (as he often does) and found a precious nugget. We enjoyed the nugget, and I took the time to research it after class. It indeed was a delightful nugget of truth. As I have thought about it during this week, I wanted to put it in a post to share with you.

Notice in verse #3 (the others precede it here, so we keep it in a proper context), that Paul tells the Christians in Thessalonica that he has sent Timothy to them to encourage them, so they do not become discouraged and moved in their hearts away from the truth of the gospel. “…that no one be moved by these afflictions.” He had told them they would experience some of the same types of affliction (notice optional words in the passage above) that he was experiencing and did experience when he preached the Gospel. He wanted to warn them that the good news of Jesus Christ will get them in trouble with religious people as well as idol worshippers. As he was reaffirming his love and concern for them, he used a word that is translated here as “moved.” He did not want them to be moved from believing. Then he told them they are appointed (destined as he is) for such pressure.

One of the primary meanings of the Greek word used for “moved” is “to wag the tail.” In other words, our attitude toward opposition is to greet it with a welcome joy and knowledge that it is what we are appointed to experience.

Years ago, one of my mentors who is now with the Lord, during a time when I was often misunderstood and opposed, said to me, “Iris, when such things begin to happen to you, get out your butter and knife because the Lord is about to give you bread.” I thought that was such a strange thing to say, but just a few days later, something I did to bless another person, was twisted into something I had not intended at all. As I drove away from their home in tears, the phrase my mentor had said came to my mind. I dried my tears and began to worship and praise my Lord. My heart was lifted into hope, and love just flowed from me to the one who was troubling me.

Did He give me bread? Oh yes, an entire banquet, but it was a matter of Spirit at first, not physically for a long while. But I began to rejoice and that held me through the time and much more opposition in peace and “wagging my tail” — I was not moved. Eventually, that all reversed in a rather dynamic way.

His promises are true, and as we discover more and more about how we are to live in the Spirit, we will learn to rise above the pain into His joy. Thank you, Lord, for making these things clear and empowering us to enjoy you — deeply in the middle of rejection and pai

Sharing - The Spiritual Dimension

In the Spirit, there is a dimension to this “sharing” that is often overlooked. When our Lord Jesus told His apostles, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” and then poured His Holy Spirt into the church on that beautiful Pentecost Day so many years ago, He literally eliminated any form or definition of distance between Himself and the person who chooses to be one with Him. That means He is always with us; whatever we do, He does also. 

This is a bit scary when we fully grasp the consequences of the “never leave you” and the responsibility that brings. However, today I believe we need to look at another aspect of this union in Him. 

We have the capacity to share deeply with one another in the natural and we are familiar with the benefits of those relationships where that is possible. Sometimes that leads to pain within the relationship, but it is always worth the price to be “close in heart” with others. It is like and usually includes the benefit of hugs. 

When it comes to opening to the reality of our Lord’s presence - always with us, we find He generously desires to live with us with a  sense of His presence — wherever we are and whatever we are doing. We have the capacity of deep sharing with our beloved Lord. When we begin to grasp this, then we can spiritually develop that presence to allow Him access 24/7 as well as learning His emotional delight in us and around us. 

This joy of sharing in His heart is not so much an emotion (although it often has emotional expression in our love with Him), but is instead a deep well of strength. Notice Isaiah 12:2-6 (KJV)

“2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. 4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. 5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. KJV

Read verse #3 once again. Notice that joy is the container we use to draw the water from the well of salvation. Everything we need is in the “package” of salvation given to us as a free gift for the asking from our Lord. Within that salvation is everything we will ever need. The strength to accomplish all He has specified for our day, our “now,” is fully supplied in our relationship in Him, and is accessed by this “joy.” As we open to receive, no matter what our circumstances may be, we find a strength in Him we do not possess on our own. It is a power (the container) to access all He has for us.

As we learn to share our life with Him and in Him, we begin to experience His presence experientially and the strength of that experience in sharing. This is possible to access when we set our hearts and minds on things above and not on our personal matters. (See Colossians 3:1-3) 

Learning to share with Him and in Him means not only do I know I am with Him always, it also means He can now share with me His thoughts (easily) and His concerns. When we pray in this perspective things begin to be known that have previously been hidden. 

Beloved, readers, we have much ahead in this relationship in Jesus. Let’s begin to open to this deliberately and allow the sharing to heal the heart and release the pain of our living as well as projecting us forward in a life in the Holy Spirit. 

Meditations On A Snowy Afternoon

I am in my LazyBoy comfortable chair, on this very snowy afternoon in Central New York in January 2019. A storm is supposed to bring us a lot of snow, and really, we have not had a “big” one this winter so, we will see if it comes as planned.

You see, there are not many weather events that happen to us in this location that will do anything but slow us down a bit. We do not have to work with hurricanes, tornados, and only a little bit of flooding every now and again. Snow, with all its inconvenience, comes and because it often comes we as Center New Yorkers have learned to work with it and if not enjoy it, at least not let much of it stop us.

However, a big storm, well that is different. Everything will stop. There is no panic, because tomorrow, or at the very latest, the 2nd day, all roads will be clear and most power restored - and life goes at its regular pace. But you see, now at this beginning period when traffic slows down, and most are planning on an evening at home, there is a rare anticipation of quiet in the heart.

Joe has gone to the Center this afternoon to complete some work on the music for his service tomorrow. It may get canceled, but just in case, the music team will be ready. So I am home alone with my electric fireplace going in the corner and sweet instrumental praise music in the background. There is still some light traffic in the bustling road out my picture window, but it will soon be paced slowly, or not at all. It is already so still (the snow muffles all sound) that one can get lost in the quiet. I love it.

So many want to be in the sunny climate, and I enjoy that too, briefly. When the Lord commissioned Joe and me to move to the Northeast in our mid-twenties, we had no idea how deeply we would learn to love it. The people are warm and genuine, and to be able to be in such stillness and beauty, well, it is just amazing and such a blessing to watch and enjoy.

Yes, the cold does hurt when it is really, really cold and it eventually “gets to me” somewhere in late February or early March, but it is still beautiful, and I would not miss it. Watching the snowfall and knowing our Father has made each of the flakes unique is a study in wonder. They are numberless - and so are we, the people of His love - yes, each one of us also unique.

Lord, thank you for the beautiful snow and for displaying your wonder for me today. May each day, although not wrapped in this kind of quiet, find you and then allow you to wrap us in the peace that goes way beyond quiet.


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