Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:6–10
Key Verse: 1 Thessalonians 1:6
And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit.
God is continually molding believers to be more like Him. Often, transforming people into the image of Christ is a difficult process. It involves emptying a person of sins and filling him or her with Christlike characteristics. In 1 Thessalonians 1:6, Paul admonished, “You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit” (nasb).
You are being molded by God. He teaches you through trials, and He guides you by the Holy Spirit. You endure this process so that you will understand God’s Word and be His witness in the world.
- L. Moody said, “I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts.”
Each of us needs help becoming all that God created us to be. This is why God has given us His Spirit. The frustrations we face help to refine us and mold our lives so that we reflect God’s mercy and grace to others. It is through this molding process that God helps us fulfill His plan for our lives.
The Holy Spirit keeps you connected to the heart and will of the Father. The Spirit guides you through the toils and trials on the pathway to becoming more like Christ. He sustains you with joy as you conform to the image of your beloved Savior.
Holy Spirit, fill the corners of my heart. Show me the places where You cannot enter because of my own debris. Guide me in sweeping clean a pathway for You.