Greetings in the most loving name of our Lord.
I write these few lines in order that no one may delude you with beguiling speech. Yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ As therefore, you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, so live in Christ, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just you were taught (NKJV) abounding in thanksgiving.
From the above verses, we could see a counseling, exhortation or warning to all of us, not to be deluded with beguiling speech i.e. attractive speech to deceive people. Satan knows that if you are well established with the word of God and have a good foundation in your spiritual life, he cannot carry out his plans. Hence he would try to deviate your thoughts by giving attractive speeches to stop the growth of your life in the Lord. Therefore, Paul says that we have to be so vigilant in our lives by giving due regard to the following principles of spiritual development and prosperity.
JOHN: 1.11 He came to his own home, and his own people received Him not. But to all who received Him, who believed in His name, he gave power to become children of God. God gives power, privilege to become his sons and daughters, when we get faith in the name of Jesus and accept him as our personal saviour. Accepting Him in the sense, receiving Jesus in our hearts as saviour by faith.
I Thes. 2:13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, which is at work in you believers.
Here Paul says accepting the word of God is also a method to receive Jesus in our hearts. I Thes 1:6 is talking about the testimony of the believers in Thessolonian. And you became imitators of us and of Lord, for you receive the word in much affliction with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit.
So from the above verses, we come to understand that we have to receive the faith in Jesus name, receive the word of God and put it in our practice to show our testimony for His glory, so that people will see Jesus in us.
The strength of the tree is in its roots, which goes deeper into the earth. In the same way every believer must have a deep root in Jesus Christ. A righteous man is compared with a tree. Ps.1:3 He is like a tree, planted by the streams of water that yields its fruits in its season and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Jer17:7-8.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, he is like a tree planted by water that sends out its root by the stream and does not fear when heat comes for its leaves remain green and is not anxious in the drought. For it does not cease to bear fruits. If the root does not go deeper into the land and fails to supply the needed strength to its branches the tree cannot give fruits(results) Luke 8:12-13.
The seed is the word of God. The ones along the paths are those who have heard, then the devil comes, and takes away the word from the hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who , when they hear the word, receive it with joy, but as these have no deep root, they believe for a while and in times of temptations fall away.Therefore it should be understood people who do not have deep root(foundation), they fall away because of temptations, unbelief, and riches and pleasure of worldly life.
Job 14:7-9. For there is hope for a tree if it cut down, that will sprout again and that its shoots will not cease though its root grow old in the earth and its stumps die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth branches like a young plant. Verse 8 says about scent of water or smell of water. Water is the anointing of the Holy Spirit. So as a tree smells the water, a believer should be filled with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and he should meditate the word of God and keep it in his heart(Isa.55:13). The tree will send the strength to all the branches only after sucking the water by its deep roots. In the same way we have to eat (meditate) the word of God and keep it to have good fellowship in Christ.
Matt 4:4 It is written Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.It is not the tree that supports the root, but it is the root that supports the entire tree.In the same way we the believers, if we have a very strong fellowship or foundation (Luke 6:47) we will not be ashamed by any satanic forces. Romans 11:18 Remember it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you.
Matt.7:24. ? Every one who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise men who built his house upon the rock (Jesus Christ) This portion explains how we have to take the word of God as our guide and trust the name of the Lord. People have to seek the permission of the word of God before getting into any work.
Heb.2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. Luke 11:28 Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it. Therefore we can be assured of a blessed and strong life as long as we are in complete union with his word.
It is a life that we must give implicit obedience towards God and demonstrate the features of Jesus Christ. if you want to live in Kuwait. You have to maintain your position safe by valid visa and prepared to conduct yourself according to the rules and regulations of this country. You cannot change it according to your convenience. In the same way if you want to have real spiritual prosperity you have to be in full realization of His biblical expectation.
II Cor.5:17. Therefore if anyone in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has passed away, behold the new has come.
II Cor.2:14 Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him every where. Eph.5:8. For once you were darkness, but now you are the light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Gal.1:23. (Testimony of Paul in the churches of Judea) He who once persecuted us in times, now preaches the faith which once he destroyed.
People in this world wants to establish their position, status, business, family in their respective countries. They go on doing something to maintain the same position. Christ has started the faith in our hearts by His words. Bible tells us faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
Heb. 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him. For whosoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. Apostle Paul was so confident in His faith and he says in II Tim 1:12 I know whom I have believed and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day. Meditating the word of God and putting the same into practice can make a person to be established in his faith.
I Tim 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith, take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.
Jn 20:31 These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing you may have life in His name.
We live in an acquisitive society where worth is judged by wealth. So we have to realise a greatest commission delegated by our Lord, the work of bringing others to His faith. We should not be in bondage to inordinate desire ? a slave to our passions. We must live on His summons not on a guess but on our goal.
So let us pray O God how can we face the future unless we are empowered by your spirit. Give us, O give us the dynamic energy as the early churches experience and enjoyed, so that we can truly turn the world upside down. Bring us to the point, where we rely not on our natural wisdom and expertise but the direction and the wisdom of the spirit. Forgive us for our guilty silence if we refuse to share with others that you have done for us. We come to your presence to make it responsive to your perfect will. Help us vitally Christians, so that we draw people not to ourselves but to you.
In Jesus name Amen.