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Do We Care About Those Who Are Struggling To Serve The Lord?

SIH HALTAL ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].
See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men]. (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

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Christ Is The Center Of All Biblical Revelation. Come Join Us As We See Christ In The Prophetic Scriptures…

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Please Join Us As See Truths About Christ Revealed Throughout The Book Of Revelation.

This Series Will Be Looking At The Entire Book Of Revelation (verse by verse) and Will Be Presented Every Thursday Morning

 

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.   (Revelation 19:10)

SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (4)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].  See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].  (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…

 

1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

 

EXPOSITION:

 In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the third of Paul’s exhortations to us…

 

support the weak,

Who are the “weak” ones?
The best way to understand the meaning of this word is to realize that this word comes for the Greek word “asthenes”.  It is from this word that we get our word “asthma”. Anyone who is familiar with those afflicted with asthma know that it involves physical weakness and inability to perform a task (due to lack of breath). When an asthma attack is severe, it stops all other activity and brings everything to an abrupt halt.

It helps if we compare being “weak” with those who are “feebleminded”…
In our previous devotion, we saw that the “feebleminded” were those who were lacking boldness, desire, or spirit. In other words, they lacked the inward strength of will to perform a task.

In comparison to the feebleminded, the “weak” possess the desire to serve the Lord, but are unable to fulfill their desires. They are weak, perhaps they are spiritually immature, weak in the faith, or struggling with some physical weakness which inhibits them from performing the task at hand.  Because they take their service to Christ very seriously, it is like a “weight” of responsibility that lies before them. They deeply desire to bear their cross and follow Christ.   However, when they try to lift the weight they find they cannot; their weakness inhibits them.

The important point is the feebleminded lack DESIRE while the weak lack ABILITY.

 

 

How can we help those who are weak?
In this text, we are told to “support” them. The idea of support involves “to attach to and prop up”. It implies two basic ideas:
1. to accompany someone
2. to help hold them up and make them firm

Any gardener knows that when a plant is drooping down, by tying it to a stake, it is able to stand tall, straight and firm. This is the exact meaning of “support”. We are the “stake” that should attach ourselves to the weak and support them in their service to Christ. When we see someone who is struggling to carry the weight of their service to Christ, we are to join up with them and help lift their cross and follow Christ.

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.Let every one of us please [his] neighbour for [his] good to edification.
For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.(Romans 15:1-6)

 

 

APPLICATION:
May we all be aware of those who are struggling to fulfill His will for their lives. May we take the time to share our lives with them and, in doing so, help them to serve the Lord in greater ways.

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Are We A Comfort, Or A Pain, To The Discouraged?

SIH HALTAL ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].
See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
(1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (3)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].
See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
(1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…

 

1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

 

EXPOSITION:
 

In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the second of Paul’s exhortations to us. Please keep in mind all of these exhortations accomplish several things on our behalf:

1. They show our love for the Lord and others
2. they help us to build a Godly testimony in the eyes of all who see us
3. and they benefit those that we are helping.   If we help one who is saved we are aiding them to grow spiritually. If the one we help is without Christ, we are pointing them to Christ through our acts of love and kindness to them.

 
comfort the feebleminded

 

What does the Bible mean by the term feebleminded?  The word translated “feebleminded” comes from tow Greek words that are fused together:
1. oligos – means “small, weak, faint or susceptible”.
2. psuche – means “will, spirit, or desire”

 

To be “feebleminded” means to be fainthearted or to be weak willed, lacking courage and/or desire
We are told to “comfort” those who are faint of heart. Again, this word comes from a fusion of two Greek words:
1. para – “to be near”, “to stand by”
2. mueo – “to instruct”, “to reveal mysteries”
This implies two principles… to accompany someone and to teach someone.
In other words, to be of “comfort” to someone teaches us that we are to stand near to the fainthearted, giving to them words of encouragement that is meant to strengthen and encourage them.

 

Folks, when we see someone who is struggling with doubts and fears in their life what are we to do? We are to approach them, stand with them as they face their fearful, discouraging situation and speak words of encouragement and strength to them.
One of the greatest Biblical examples of a human encourager is that of Barnabas. Although Barnabas was not his birth name, he became known as Barnabas, which means “son of encouragement/consolation”, due to his many acts of comfort that he performed (Acts 4:36-37).

 

Let’s see a few Bible accounts of how Barnabas encouraged others …
1. Barnabas encouraged others by giving materially to those in need. (Acts 4:34-37)
2. Barnabas supported Paul in the face of many doubters.
He overlooked Paul’s past and trusted Paul’s testimony of salvation and his desire to serve Christ. He placed his own reputation on the line by recommending Paul to the many doubters. (Acts 9:26-27)
3. Barnabas encouraged others by verbally encouraging them to continue in their service to Christ. (Acts 11:22-24)
4. Barnabas encouraged Paul by giving up his personal pursuits to physically accompanying him on his missionary journeys. (Acts 13:1-3)
5. Barnabas trusted Mark’s testimony of repentance and his desire to serve Christ in the face of a doubting Paul.
This was very similar to how Barnabas had trusted Paul’s testimony following Paul’s salvation and calling. How sad it was to see that Paul was not willing to do for Mark what Barnabas had done for him (Paul). Eventually, it was proven Barnabas was correct in believing John Mark and Paul actually called for John Mark to be at his side (Acts 15:36-39, 2 Tim 4:11).
 
APPLICATION:
Folks, if we dedicate our lives to serving others, by seeking to encourage the hearts of the downtrodden, we too, will be known as “sons (or daughters) of encouragement”. May we all leave behind the personal testimony that Barnabas has left behind for us to emulate…
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith:” Acts 11:24
May we all be willing to give of our personal, worldly, pursuits to dedicate ourselves to encouraging those who are weak and faint of heart.

 

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Do We Love Others Enough To Take Time To Warn Them?

SIH HALTAL ICON warn them that are unruly, 

 (1 Thessalonians 5:14)

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (2)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
(1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

 

For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…

1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional we will be looking at the first of Paul’s exhortations to us…

warn them that are unruly
Do we care about others around us? Do we desire to please the Lord with our lives?  If so, we will take the time and effort to warn others who are erratic in their life walk for Christ.

Who are we to warn? It is those who are “unruly”. In other words, it is those who “unarranged”, or “out of proper order”. It is those people whose life walk is not in alignment with the principles of God’s Word…

1. Their speech and actions are not in alignment.
They may speak the truths of His Word without living them out in their lives. In these cases, their words and actions are erratic and inconsistent with one another.

2. Their lives are inconsistent from one moment to the next.
In these cases, they live inconsistent lives. They are like a ship tossed about by the waves of a sea. One moment they may be living in obedience to the Word, the next moment they are living in disobedience. In these cases, their service to the Lord is not consistent but varies based upon their situation, their mood, or their convenience.

 

How are we to deal with these erratic Christians? We are to “warn” them of their spiritual shortcomings.

If we study the idea behind the word “warn” it teaches us much about the proper spirit and way in which we are to give warning to others. The Greek word for “warn” literally means “to gently place in the mind”.   This helps us to understand several basic principles:
1. to warn implies MILD counsel and correction.
It is simply placing in someone’s mind the need for change. It does not imply a forced submission. It is simply speaking to others wanting to place in their mind the importance of change for their lives.

 

2. to warn implies HUMBLE counsel and correction.
It excludes an attitude of superiority or lordship over others. It is not speaking down to them, nor is it commanding them to change their life. It is simply laying forth the truths of God’s Word in an understandable way, allowing the Spirit to convict and bring about the needed change.

 

3. to want implies LOVING counsel and correction.
It is a counsel that is given from a heart of love (for the Lord and the one in need of counseling). It is to lovingly place in the mind of the individual a gift of advice that is only meant to be of benefit to them. If we really love those around us, how can we withhold spiritual counsel from those who are erratic in their service for Christ?

 

Please note these basic truths about giving counsel to others is upheld in many other Biblical texts…

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 5:25-6:2)

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.Let every one of us please [his] neighbour for [his] good to edification. (Romans 15:1-2)

 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient,In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.(2 Timothy 2:24-26)

 

APPLICATION:

May we all understand the need to help those who are struggling spiritually among us. We can do this by gently placing in their mind the truths of God’s Word and the need to align themselves with those truths.

The best way for your counsel to be received and be beneficial to others, is by delivering the counsel with the proper spirit and manner. Love, humility, kindness and gentleness should always be a part of the counsel that we give to those in need.

May we all be willing to humble ourselves and lovingly share spiritual counsel to those who are erratic in their service for Christ.

 

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Do We Take The Time To Teach Others?

SIH HALTAL ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].
See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
(1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3H0

 

 

SIH’s Think On These Things: I Thess. 5:14-15 (1)

SIH TOTT ICONNow we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].
See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
(1 Thessalonians 5:14-15)

 

For the next 6 devotions, we will be looking at this word of encouragement from Paul to the members of the church at Thessalonica. Our devotions will center on the six exhortations given to us by Paul…

 

1. warn them that are unruly,
2. comfort the feebleminded,
3. support the weak,
4. be patient toward all [men].
5. See that none render evil for evil unto any [man];
6. ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

 

 

EXPOSITION:

 

Now we exhort you, brethren,

Before we begin with the first exhortation, let’s attempt to answer the question, “What is an exhortation”?
In this verse, “exhort” comes from a Greek word (parakaleo) that holds three basic ideas:

1. to call near (to accompany and/or help)
2. to render encouragement (through words and/or actions)
3. to possess urgency (importance and/or insistence)
The idea that Paul is giving to the Thessalonians an “exhortation” teaches us that Paul was stepping to their side wanting to aid them in their walk with Christ. He did this by delivering a very important (urgent) message that was intended to encourage them in their service for Christ.
What was this important message?   This message encouraged them to treat others in a Godly fashion. If you notice the six main exhortations, they all involve our relationship with others… how we treat them, and how we respond to them in various sets of circumstances.
How we relate to all others (family, friend and foe) is a central area of the Christian’s testimony. It is proof of our adoption into the family of God and of our spiritual growth and maturity…

 

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so?
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
(Matthew 5:43-48)

APPLICATION:
As we go about our day today, let’s always be aware of how we are treating those who are around us. Because of our fallen natures, it is so easy to become self-centered with our focus only upon ourselves. But for each of us who are Christians, who now possess the love of Christ within us, may we consistently think of others before ourselves.

By putting others first, we are displaying the love that our Heavenly Father showed to us when He gave Christ to die on the cross so that we might be saved…

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
(1 John 4:7-12)

 

A Godly relationship with others is the central method of displaying to the world that we are Christians…
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35)

This is why, for the next 6 days, we will be studying Paul’s exhortation to treat others in a Godly way.

 

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He Is Leading His People Even When His Footsteps Are Unknown…

SIH HALTAL ICONThy way [is] in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known. Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.   (Psalms 77:19-20)

 

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