Wow! What a blessing it is, that you are praying for me and this ministry. Yesterday the 5 Basics of Growth book finally became a reality. I will, by the end of today, have the printed copies in my hands. Next week I will be mailing out a free copy to all my readers who requested one of the first editions! Yay! And thank you all for your patience!
Today, in Thessalonians, I’d like to continue with the series of What Sets You Apart posts. If you would like to catch up and read the first post click here.
First, I need to explain why these actions set us. The word “sanctification” from vs. 3 of this ch. is Greek for set apart. When we are sanctified we are seated in the heavenlies, I’d say that’s pretty much as apart as you can get from the world. (Eph. 2:6) Lol!
We may have the hope in our hearts and be seated spiritually in Heaven, but physically we still have to live here. We still have to go to work and put on a good face. Have you ever heard the old phrase, “He’s so heavenly bound, he’s no earthly good.” Well, God wants us to know how to handle being set apart while still digging into the grime of daily life here. As I looked over this section of verses, I realized it’s more than a two part post, it’s 3 and the last one almost deserves two posts of its own. Each are gooey, rich cupcakes brimming with God’s love and wisdom. I just don’t want you to miss a thing! Lol! (BTW: Thank you Jessica, for the yummy cupcakes last night!)
Okay, let’s roll up our mental sleeves for some biblical push-ups. Oh my…your so tone, and tough, way to go working out your biblical mental muscles! 🙂
That no [man] go beyond and defraud his brother in [any] matter: because that the Lord [is] the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 4:6-8)
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and [that] ye may have lack of nothing.(vs. 12 KJV)
I’d like to let you read it in the literal translation according to usage:
Do not swindle or take advantage of a brother in any matter. The Lord is the administrator of justice in all these things as we said before and witnessed to you. God did not call us to impurity, but to holiness. So then, whoever disregards (the charge), does not disregard man, but God, Who gave you His holy spirit.
(And vs. 12) The result will be your walk in a proper manner toward outsiders and your having no need unsupplied.
The 3rd thing that sets us apart is…honesty! Ha! Who’d have guessed, huh? Be honest and don’t swindle people. Is charging a fellow believer the price you charge everyone else who walks into your business, swindling him? Not at all. That is what’s fair. Do you need to give believers a special discount? Now, I’d say that’s unfair to outsiders, which can get you just as much trouble, right. Just treat everyone fairly in your business or service. Besides your fellow brother in Christ shouldn’t have any need going unmet, because they are believing God to supply it. God knows how much things cost today, and how much they’ll cost ten years from now. These are still your need and he still promises to supply it. (Phil. 4:19) If they (believers) give you a guilt trip just remember, you’re doing the Word, and guilt is not of God. He cleanses us of our guilt when we believed Romans 10:9. Just check with the Father and see what he says to do. If nothing, then let him decide. He is after all the “Administrator of Justice.”
What about when someone, believer or unbeliever, swindles you?
First, stop, pause and refrain from launching emotionally-charged into the situation. We are responsible for our individual walk. That means we need to check the thoughts in our mind first. God is the Administrator of Justice right. Take your complaint to God’s Court Room. (It doesn’t take long) Tell him what happened. Be the “Expert Witness.” There is no jury to appeal to, or bias, you only have God and His Justice there. Ask Him, “God, if you were me what would do now?” This simple statement can change your life!
God bless you all today! I look forward to hearing your thoughts and experiences here.
Click here for part 1 & 2 of this series.
Click here for part 4 of this series.