September 16/1Thessalonians 3

In this chapter you can almost hear a sigh of relief from Paul. He was so concerned about the welfare of the Thessalonian Church that he sent Timothy to find out how their were doing. Do you have anybody in your life that is concerned about how you are doing in your walk of faith with Jesus? They’re priceless right?

Timothy came back with a glowing report that their faith was strong, their love was visible and they were still thrilled with Paul! Perhaps this is why Paul could write to the Philippians > Philippians 1:6 (NLT) — 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

The Lord is perfectly able to keep his own children living for him. It is great to have others to encourage us and help us along however when they are not around do we know for certain that the Lord will not crumble when we lean of him?

What do you do to encourage yourself in the Lord? On your worst days how do you draw strength from the Lord? What steadies you when it seems like God is crumbling under your weight?

Verses 7-8 > does it encourage you to remain strong in your faith when you see others going through tough times and they still are rejoicing in Jesus?

Verse 9 > Have you ever thanked God for other believers? Does their faith increase your joy as you pray to the Lord?

Verse 10 > Have you ever asked God to help you to help someone else in their faith; perhaps to help them understand the Lord a little bit better?

1 Thessalonians 3:12–13 (NLT) — 12 And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows. 13 May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people. Amen.

Be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Paul was encouraged during his trails that those he dicipled were remaining strong in the faith. Faithfulness brings rewards to more than just the faithful individual. Let us remain faithful as an encouragement to pastors scan and jeremy.

  2. Mark Gundersen says

    Sorry about the typo Dan.