Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DBV 1-21-14

"With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith." – 2 Thessalonians 1:11 (NIV)

Thoughts: There's a lot being said in this sentence. 

1. Pray to be worthy of His calling. Meaning that you should consciously seek out the life God has intended you for.

2. Pray that He will bring that life into reality as well as every spiritual instinct you have to genuinely do good. It's interesting because most people assume that "desire" is something selfish that people want for themselves and crave deeply in a shameful way. But there is a part of people that also deeply desires "good" things -like love, patience, courage, and helping people. This sentence is talking about the God-given desires, not the man-driven longings. 

3. Pray that with His strength, every action you commit that is prompted by faith is seen through and comes into being. This can be a vision, a goal, or even something small and simple that you struggle with achieving. As long as it comes by faith, it can be done through His strength. 

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