"For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing."
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

Paul tells us the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While peace and safety are being declared then labor pains will come upon them suddenly like labor pains of a woman with child and they will not escape, no one. This is referring to those who sleep.

But then Paul says to the true believers we are not to be in darkness, that the day would overtake us like a thief, for we are to be sons of the Light and sons of day. He tells us we are not of the night nor of darkness so then let us not sleep as others do, but we are to be alert and sober having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope for salvation.

As believers we cannot zone out, and become apathetic. The rapture of the church is about to be fulfilled! Whether in life or death we are destined to live with Him. If you aren’t living with Him presently , it is doubtful you will be living with Him when He takes up His Bride for the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Believers need to be alert, sober, and self disciplined. We are told in following verses we are to appreciate those who diligently labor among us, and have charge in the Lord over us that gives us instruction. We are to esteem them highly in love, because of their work. We are told to live in peace with one another.

Then in 1 Thessalonians 5:14 we are given these instructions:

"We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Holy Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances, but examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil."

I do hope you will take the time to read this entire chapter for yourself. Read each instruction carefully above, and let us apply it to our lives with the help of the Holy Spirit. We must rely on Him to teach us and strengthen us in the Scripture. We were not left as orphans, but Jesus asked the Father to send us the Holy Spirit to teach us, comfort and to guide us into all truth. This is how we get sanctified as we prepare to meet our Bridegroom. He is coming! Let us end with Paul’s closing words in verses 23-28:

"Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to past.
Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you."

How I am encouraged with these closing words and they became a prayer for me and for my family. Join me in standing on the wonderful promises of God as we eagerly await our Bridegroom’s return for His Bride.
In His love.

Teresa Roberts

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Believe it or not, this is a thistle in the process of blooming and in full bloom in it’s glorified season! It was an exciting reminder to me, as I am eagerly awaiting my transition of shedding my worn, physical house for the glorified, eternal spirit being I shall become in the twinkling of an eye!