Category: Pauline epistles–BibleTrekToday

Peace through prayer!

Scripture reading for June 26th:  1st Kings 7, 2nd Chronicles 4, Psalm 44, 1st Timothy 2

Key Scriptures:   1st Timothy 2:1-6  “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”

Paul urged Timothy to be a man of prayer and lead God’s people in prayer.  Prayers should be given for all people and especially for those in positions of authority.  God is pleased when His people exercise faith through prayer and grants answers that lead to peace and the ability to share the Gospel message with all men.  Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men, but believers must appeal to Jesus on behalf of all men!  The treasury must be filled with precious souls!

1st Kings 8:51 “Thus all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the Lord was finished.  And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, empower me to be a man of prayer who leads your people in prayer.  Thank You for Your promises of peace and the salvation of men and women through the Gospel.

Psalm 44:8 “In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to Your Name forever.”

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All Glory to the King of the Ages!

Scripture reading for June 25th:  1st Kings 6, 2nd Chronicles 3, 1st Timothy 1

Key Scriptures:  1st Timothy 1:15-17  “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.  But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life.  To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen!”

Paul, the most experienced of sinners, knew one glorious truth about Jesus Christ:  “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. .”  Paul had persecuted believers and had them arrested and even put some to death, thinking he was doing God a favor.  Paul explained that God had shown him mercy because he had acted in ignorance and unbelief.  God also was using him as an example of His perfect mercy and patience that others might have hope.  You might say that Paul’s extremely sinful past example and his new changed life gave a picture of God’s rich mercy!  God was building His Church (House) by transforming sinners!  All glory to the eternal King of the ages!

1st Kings 6:7  “When the house was built, it was with stone prepared at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the house while it was being built.”  

Vs. 19  “The inner sanctuary he prepared in the innermost part of the house, to set there the ark of the covenant of the Lord.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for saving me, a sinner, and using Your Word and Spirit to prepare me as Your sanctuary.  Help me to be an example of Your perfect mercy!

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God is Faithful!

Scripture reading for June 24th:  1st Kings 5, 2nd Chronicles 2, 2nd Thessalonians 3

Key Scriptures:  2nd Thessalonians 3:1-5 “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men.  For not all have faith.  But the Lord is faithful.  He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.  And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command.  May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”

Paul asked the believers at Thessalonica to pray for him and his ministry team.  He asked that the Word of God would be speedily advanced and honored by those who heard it.  He also asked to be delivered from wicked and evil men who had no faith and refused to accept God’s Word.  Paul assured them that God was faithful!  He would answer prayers!  He would establish them and guard them from the evil one!  He would direct their hearts in loving God and being patient and firm in Christ Jesus!  He would build His Church and hell’s gates would not prevail.  To God be all glory!

2nd Chronicles 2:5  “The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods.” 

Faith confession and prayer:  Thank You Lord for all Your precious promises!  May Your Church be built through Your faithfulness and my obedience.  Protect me and Your Church from the evil one and help me to love and obey.

1st Kings 5:4-5  “But now the Lord has given me rest on every side.  There is neither adversary or misfortune.  And so I intend to build a house for the Lord my God, as the Lord said to David my father, . .”

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Sealed by the Holy Spirit

Scripture reading for June 23rd:  Song of Songs 7-8, Psalm 127, 2nd Thessalonians 2

Key Scriptures:  2nd Thessalonians 2:13-17  “But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Holy Spirit and belief in the truth.  To this He called you through our Gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.”

Paul warned the Thessalonians concerning the coming deception of the lawless one, the antichrist, who would deceive those who refused to love the truth.  But he gave thanks for the believers and encouraged them to stand firm through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit would set them apart for God and reveal truth to their hearts.  Through the Holy Spirit, God the Father would comfort the believers and give them hope through further revelations of the grace that is ours through faith in Christ.  God would establish them in every good work and word, protecting them from deception!

Song of Songs 8:6  “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave.  Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.” 

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit, sealing me for the day of full redemption, giving me comfort and good hope.  Fill me afresh with the flame of Your love and protect me from deception.

 

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The Holy Spirit brings out the “spices”!

Scripture reading for June 22nd:  Song of Songs 4-6, 2nd Thessalonians 2

Key Scriptures:  2nd Thessalonians 1:2-5  “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love for one another is increasing.  Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.  This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering–. . ”  

Paul was writing a second letter to the church at Thessolonica.  He sent greetings of grace and peace from “God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  He thanked God for their growing faith and increasing love for each other.  They were remaining steadfast and growing in the face of persecution and affliction.  Even as the winds of adversity blew upon them, their faith and perseverance was evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work to prepare them for God’s eternal kingdom!  The spices of their hearts brought a pleasant fragrance before God.

Faith confession and prayer:  Father God, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit living in me.  I am trusting You today for grace and peace and to allow fragrant spices to flow from my heart.  Help me to be steadfast in life’s daily afflictions and the persecutions of the last days.  May Your kingdom come and Your will be done!

Song of Songs 4:16  “Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind!  Blow upon my garden, let its spices flow.”

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Saved for Christ!

Scripture reading for June 19th:  Song of Solomon 1-3, Psalm 72, 1st Thessalonians 5

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 5:8-11  “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation, for God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with Him.  therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”  

Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to live in the light as children of the light.  Christ will come again soon.  Whether awake (alive) or asleep (body resting in the grave) we live with Him and for Him.  God has not destined His people for wrath but for salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  We should encourage each other to continue in faith as we wait for Christ’s return.

Song of Songs 2:4  “He brought me to the banqueting house, and His banner over me was love.” 

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for the light of Your Word and Your love shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and encouragement for others.  I long to be with You.

Psalm 72:19  “Blessed be His glorious Name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory!  Amen and Amen!”

 

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Sexual purity is not optional!

Scripture reading for June 18th:  Proverbs 29-31, 1st Thessalonians 4

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 4:3-8  “For this is the will of God, your sanctification:  that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.  For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.  Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives His Holy Spirit to you.”  

Paul solemnly warned the Thessalonians against sexual immorality.  God’s Word is very clear about what He considers “immorality”.  Adultery is sexual immorality in a marriage covenant when one partner steps out on another.  Fornication is any sexual acts outside of a marriage relationship.  Homosexuality is any sexual acts between those of the same sex.  Bestiality is sexual misconduct with animals.  Pornography is lusting for sexual contact through images or imagination. These acts “transgress and wrong” those involved and they must and will answer to God.  We disregard God Himself when we claim to be a believer and still continue in sexual immorality.  Be warned: God will avenge!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, have mercy on our land and its people.  We have transgressed against Your Holy Word and Spirit and each other in these sins of sexual immorality.  Help me to control my own body and thoughts and solemnly warn this people about Your plan for our sanctification in Jesus Christ. turning away Your wrath.

Proverbs 29:1  “He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.” 

Proverbs 29:8 “Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath.”

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Blameless in Holiness before God!

Scripture reading for June 17th:  Proverbs 26-28, 1st Thessalonians 3

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 3:9-13  “For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, as we pray earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?  Now may our God and Father Himself and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.”

Paul had been encouraged by the report from Timothy concerning the faith and steadfastness of the Thessalonians.  It gave him great joy and comfort to know that the tempter, Satan, had not been successful in his tricks.  But as a true pastor, he longed to return and further instruct them in God’s Word and see their faith increase.  He entrusted them to the Father and the Lord Jesus to help them grow and abound in love.  He prayed that their hearts would be blameless before God when Jesus Christ returned.  Without holiness, no one can stand before the Lord.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your Word and the working of holiness into my heart by the Holy Spirit.  Help me today to grow in faith and love towards You and my brothers and sisters that I may be able to stand before You when You come again.  Hide me in Jesus Christ on the Day of Christ.

Proverbs 27:12  “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”  

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Adversity and the Word of God

Scripture reading for June 16th:  Proverbs 24-25, Psalm 41, 1st Thessalonians 2

Key Scriptures:   1st Thessalonians 2:13-16  “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 but as what it really is, the Word of God, which is at work in you believers.  For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea.  For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved–so as always to fill up the measure of their sins.  But wrath has come upon them at last!”

Paul commended the Thessalonian believers for receiving the Word of God for what it really was.  God’s Word is alive and powerful, able to transform the soul from death to life eternal.  It changes attitudes and rebellious behaviors and enables perseverance during suffering.  In fact, suffering in believers lives comes from the unsaved world and sometimes our own relatives.  They are under God’s wrath and oppose the Word of God.  Jesus was betrayed by one of His own disciples and was crucified by His own people.

Psalm 41:9  “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for the Word of God.  I receive it and desire its work in me for transformation and salvation.  Anoint me to preach the Word of God in the face of adversity!

Proverbs 24:10  “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”

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Loved and chosen by God!

Scripture reading for June 15th:  Proverbs 22-23, Psalm 117, 1st Thessalonians 1

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 1:2-7  “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father you work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.  For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in Word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.  You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.  And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the Word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.”

As Paul began his letter to the Thessalonian believers, he encouraged them by telling them of his prayers for them.  Paul thanked God for their “work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope” in the Lord Jesus.  They had received the Word of God in much affliction and had demonstrated their faith by works of repentance and true change.  These believers became examples of Jesus Christ and the power of the Gospel among the growing church in Macedonia.  God was glorified!

Psalm 117:2  “For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.  Praise the Lord!”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, help me today to do works of faith in the love of God, being steadfast in hope and full of joy as I obey Your Word.  Use my example to encourage other believers and bring God glory.

Proverbs 23:19  “Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.”  

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