"For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 3:8
To "stand fast in the Lord" means come what may you’re not going to be moved. Paul said, "...we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know" 1 Thessalonians 3:4. Again he says "...yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto."
Tribulation is a state when you are under pressure that you can no longer endure or forbear. Yet while in that state the tempter comes to give you solace and comfort to prove you.
The bible says, "And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost...and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness....And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread" Luke 4:1-3.
The devil is the great tempter of course, he also has cohorts who preaches another gospel. These could be spirits, angels, false prophets, false teachers or anyone "among the people...who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them...And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you..."2 Peter 2:1-3.
False prophets, privily bring in, tempt you with damnable heresies you yourself wants to hear. Jeremiah 9:5 says, "they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity." It’s by reason of their false teachings and damnable heresies that the way of truth is evil spoken of today. Galatians 1:6-7 says, "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ."
Anyway, Paul said, I have sent "Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto" 1 Thessalonians 3:2-3.
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The aim of the gospel of Christ is to establish you, and comfort you in this journey of life. We don’t do it through deceiving or lying spirits though.
My friend, believing the gospel does not mean you’re appointed to quick fixes, but even when you pass through fire you should not also be moved. Paul said we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass. Concerning your faith the tempter will want that you dodge tribulations, but the gospel’s intention is that you shouldn’t be moved by afflictions at all. He says, "Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 3:7-8.
1 Thessalonians 3:10 says, "Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith"
Here is how you perfect it - stand fast!
- Do not be moved by afflictions - it came to pass.
- Do not be moved by tempters you know present to you a false sense of peace, comfort or hope.
- Do not turn to fables but endure sound doctrine.
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