Victory Vitamin Blog – 1 Thessalonians 3:13

“May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.”

-1 Thessalonians 3:13 NIV

The apostle Paul prayed that God would strengthen the hearts of the Christians living in Thessalonica.  He wasn’t praying for their cardiovascular health, he was praying that they would live a life of certain faith, godly conscience, biblical morality, and Christian love.  To this day we consider the heart to be the place where faith, conscience, motives, and love reside.  We talk about loving others with our “whole heart”.  We talk about being “half-hearted” in our efforts.  God wants our “hearts” to be strong as we wait for the return of Christ.  Jesus’ defeated death for us.  Through faith in Jesus that victory is ours!  Our hearts need not be fearful or uncertain, they are to be strong!  Strengthened by God’s Word and sacraments we have strong hearts that enable us to live lives of certain faith, godly conscience, biblical morality, and Christian love.

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for December 2, 2018 – 1 Thessalonians 3:13


Sunday Service Sneak Peek for December 2, 2018 – 1 Thessalonians 3:13

We begin the church year the way we ended it; waiting for the arrival of our Savior.  But this time, we’re waiting and preparing for our celebration of His birth, his arrival in a manger.  During this time of preparation, we ask God to strengthen our hearts so we’ll be ready for His second coming.  Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 we’ll consider what it means to have a “strong heart” here at Victory Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, MN.

Victory Vitamin Blog – 1 Thessalonians 4:18

“And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage each other with these words.”

-1 Thessalonians 4:18 NIV

 

The end.  One day time will end, life on earth will end.  The Judgment will take place and we will be with the Lord forever in heaven.  I’ve always wondered what we’ll do in heaven.  Will there be activities, trees, music?  Clearly I’m overthinking it.  I love how Paul describes it in the verse above.  He simply says, “And so we will be with the Lord forever.” That’s how the story ends. That’s it, and that’s all anyone needs to know.  We’ll be with the Lord.  Our peace and satisfaction won’t be determined by our surroundings, our joy won’t come from the wide array of activities.  We’ll be with the Lord, in person.  That will be our joy, our satisfaction and our peace.  So encourage each other in good times and bad with the certainty that in the end, all believers will be together with the Lord in a place that Jesus calls “paradise”.  Encourage each other with these words that remind us that this world is fleeting and the world to come is eternal.  One day all of this will end, but it truly will be just the beginning for those with faith in Christ.