Sometimes we as Christians act like we have no hope, no God, no redeemer, no Savior and it’s because we are conformed to this world and not transformed by the renewing of our minds. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 reminds us, we should not be ignorant like the unbelievers who are distressed, and sorrowful because they have no hope.
“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
If we believe that Jesus died and rose again because God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved and when He returns we who believe will all go up to meet Him as we see stated Romans 10:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Remember and keep in mind what John 3:16-17 says, this is where the complete showing or manifestation of God’s love for us started. Therefore, we have no reason to be distraught and sorrowful when our loved ones, friends or whomever that believes in Christ is no longer with us, it should be a celebration, because even though we will miss them they will be going to a better place.
We have hope because we know that 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 says, the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive (and in rightstanding with God) shall be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. As a result of this, when it’s windy, I think of the day of Pentecost; and when it thunders, my mind starts to wonder and I start to listen for the shout, the voice of an angel and the trumpet. Are you prepared and ready if Christ should come today or are you too busy collecting and accumulating the things of this world that you can’t take with you?
God wants us to comfort each other with words of His Son’s return, not manipulating, cursing and chastising each other — that’s God’s job. We should put our trust, confidence, hope and faith in God’s word, which is full of His promises; and also in Him because He does not lie.
Part of our job as Christians is to encourage each other and remind each other that Jesus made us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Jesus says He will be with us always, in Matthew 28:20, even unto the end of the age. This is a promise! Even God has promised that He will never leave or forsake us ( in the Old Testament and it resurfaces in the New Testament), He is our helper and because of this, we should not fear (Isaiah 41:9-10; Hebrews 13:5-6).
“You who I have taken from the ends of the earth , and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, ‘You are my servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed for I am Your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I uphold you with my righteous right hand.‘” – Isaiah 41:9-10
“Let your conversation be without covetousness, be content with such things as ye have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear, what can man do to me?” – Hebrews 13:5-6
Confidence in God’s presence is our comfort and the joy of the Lord is our strength, because He rewards those who diligently seek Him. And if other people don’t comfort or encourage you, do as David did and encourage yourself in the Lord.
The offer to receive Christ into your heart is still here. To receive that offer go to the Salvation page at the top of this blog and follow the instructions. If you have turned away from God, there is a strong possibility that He is waiting for you to turn back to Him; rededicate yourself to Him. You are already reconciled to God by Christ, the next step is yours.
All glory, honor, praise and thanks go to God for using me to deliver this message. I pray that He will give all who read this message the spiritual gifts necessary to comprehend and act upon His word. I exercise my power and authority in the name of Jesus to bind every tactic of the enemy that will try to stop, hinder, or prevent this word from reaching its intended people. I ask the Lord to loose the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly angels to secure this word so that it reaches its intended people, according to Matthew 16:19 and Luke 10:19 in the Omnipotent name of Jesus, Amen.