In I Thessalonians 1:3 Paul praises the Thessalonians for their faith, hope and love. These are not easy to bring to life.
Paul knows and follows by saying we can do it by God’s power.
We are not people who follow a wise old principle. It does not work actually. It becomes a kind of facade over our real selves.
The Spirit gives us power. Are we receiving it? By faith toward connection we gain power to live out life giving principles.
Notably, Ancient Christians were renowned for their generosity through their new found faith. Paul saw they were finding real power. That does not mean they were perfect.
By faith and with hope, we find ways to resolve relational problems in our families. More over, we find ways to bring love outside our doors. It is only sustainable by His power which only comes through faith, hope, and love.
I Find Bringing Faith to Life Needs Prayer
I once thought I was alive in Christ and did not need any achievement to feel strong. It gave me a kind of false pride that I did not realize I carried.
Cracks appeared. Things could be bad at work and good at home and I was spiritually powered Jim. Or good at work and failing at home and ok too. See also God Gave Me Life.
However, when things were bad at work and at home at the same time, I started to notice I was undone. I could actually only find my inner strength via outward achievement. Thus, my actions showed I was not as good as I thought. Rightly so. We often deceive ourselves to think we are living in the Spirit.
I talk of having faith hope and love with power from on high, but I am oh so human.
I have mentioned the prayer journal I started last year. It is changing my life. However, recently I have not been faithful to it.
I find it gives me more super natural strength, when I do it that is. Amazingly, I gain a living connection with God. I need to step up on that.
Super natural strength is our inheritance. Let’s do more to claim it. Or see that something is wrong if we lack it. We are not atheists looking for a neat philosophy to follow.