The benefits of God’s Word Pt. 6 - 1 Thessalonians 2:13

The Word of God, prayer, and suffering are the three “tools” that God uses in our lives.

“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God, which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

If we want God’s power working in us, we must spend time daily with the Word of God. But we must also pray, because prayer is the second “tool” God uses to work in the lives of His children. “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20, Romans 8:26–27; Zechariah 12:10).

The Book of Acts makes it clear that prayer is a divinely ordained source of spiritual power (Acts 1:14; 4:23–31; 12:5, 12), and the Word of God and prayer go together (Acts 6:4).

Patience/Suffering. God’s third “tool” is suffering. The Spirit of God works in a special way in the lives of those who suffer for the glory of Christ (1 Peter 4:12–19). Paul himself had experienced God’s power in that Philippian jail; he was able to sing and praise God in spite of his suffering (Acts 16:19–33). His “fiery trial” also enabled him to forgive the jailer.

It was not the earthquake that brought conviction to the man; it almost led him to suicide! It was Paul’s encouraging word, “Don’t do it!” This kind of love broke the man’s heart, and he fell before Paul asking how to be saved.

The Word of God, prayer, and suffering are the three “tools” that God uses in our lives. As the Christian reads the Word and prays, he becomes more like Christ; the more he becomes like Christ, the more the unsaved world opposes him. This daily “fellowship of His sufferings” (Philippians 3:10) drives the believer back to the Word and prayer, so that all three “tools” work together to provide the spiritual power he needs to glorify Christ.

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