When we remember the work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope, of others in the Lord Jesus Christ, our hearts are filled with thanks unto God. The scripture tells us to remember faith, love and hope without ceasing. When our focus is about the weakness of others, how they failed our expectations, or what they are yet to grow into, our faith and hope is diminished.
Our prayers for others are affected by what we remember of them. Without ceasing, we are to recall their work of faith and labor of love. As we do so, our faith for what is to come into their lives is increased. Our prayers are motivated and remain fervent by love. Remembering, even briefly, what the enemy has done can plant seeds of fear and hinder our faith. This is true whether it’s in regards to us or to others. The connection between prayer and thanksgiving is seen throughout the Bible.
Our labor of love is not in vain in the Lord and the prayers of the righteous avail much. We do not see the glass half empty, but half full. One drop is enough for our God to multiply. At times, when we only see what hasn’t been accomplished yet in our lives, and the lives of others, let’s remember our work of faith, and labor of love and praise God, from glory to glory!
1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.
There are four primary evidences of being filled by the Spirit that are listed by Paul in the Bible: praise, worship, thanksgiving, and submissiveness. These signs of the inward presence of the Spirit of God are increasing in our lives. They substantiate the reality of Christ’s indwelling because they manifest the most when the opposite can be seen in the natural.
All four are ordinary things, not extraordinary deeds. We may look for astonishing happenings to determine the presence of the Spirit of God, but it’s in these simple endeavors that they are frequently witnessed. We praise the Lord as we speak to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. This praise that the Spirit of God breaks forth from within–-is supernatural. It doesn’t happen because everything is going right, but for things to be overcome by the presence of God. Singing and making melody in our hearts springs forth from our worship. Worship frees us from oppression and difficult situations. Thanksgiving in all things and submission to God in situations only He can change, brings about grace and divine empowerment.
The more we do these by the Spirit, the more we are filled with the Spirit. It’s when our flesh does not feel like it that we let the Spirit flow freely by faith. Being filled helps us empty ourselves of hindrances. We walk in the Spirit, full of His life to overflow, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 5:18-21 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.