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“For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia but also in every place.” 1 Thessalonians 1:8

1 Thessalonians 1

There is something about a midwest summer storm that is absolutely magnificent. I can specifically remember a trip to Ohio that exploited the beauty of lightening and thunder on a warm summer night. We were visiting extended family when we actually pulled over on the side of the road to watch the power of each bolt that lit up the stormy atmosphere. They say that an average lightening bolt contains about 1 billion joules of energy (and that’s just the average bolt).

Here in the first chapter of Thessalonians, we are reading Paul’s letter to the people of Thessalonica about their recent conversion. Before Paul ministered to this city, they were praising idols and glorifying Greek gods (verse 9). It was a radical change in their behavior because Paul was not afraid to speak the Word of God. After the conversion, the Thessalonians started a fire by glorifying God in their day to day tasks. We know that Thessalonica was a port city that called for many travelers to pass through, so in turn, these devout Christ followers interacted with the masses and were able to minister to those in need.

“For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia but also in every place.” (verse 8) The phrase sounded forth in Greek is usually used to describe the blow of a trumpet, the roar of the sea, or the crack of the thunderstorm. Paul wasn’t messing around when he used this phrase to describe what has happened in this city. Think back to those storms that you’ve witnessed. He was using those type of circumstances to relate to the power of these Christians walking in their faith.

With Jesus Christ as our Savior, we need to realize that we have that immeasurable power within us. Becoming a born again Christian does not mean you have to sell your possessions and minister to the suffering souls in Africa (although that is not a bad thing). You can let the Holy Spirit work right where you are.

What is preventing you today from tapping into that power? Let’s all lift our hearts and surrender what is keeping the Holy Spirit to be powerful in our lives. Ask Jesus to rule over your every day life this week, so you can display the love that He has for His people and sound forth the word of God.

be free. xo

Leah

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