Tag: Jesus coming

Patience required!

Scripture reading for October 9th: Jeremiah 37, 21, 34, Psalm 79, James 5

Key Scriptures: James 5:7-9 “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.”

The Church of Jesus Christ needs patience! Jesus has promised His return for His Church and judgment for the wicked. The Church can be confident that He will come again but the time of this great event is left unknown to believers. No one knows the day or the hour! James uses farmers as an example of patience. They plant the crop and must wait through a whole growing season for the precious fruit to come forth. This requires early rains to get it started and late rains to fill the harvest and mature the fruit. Grumbling about the lack of rain is not faith! We must establish our hearts on God’s faithfulness and truth!

Psalm 79:13 “But we Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will give thanks to You forever; from generation to generation will will recount Your praise.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your great patience with me and with the rebellious of this world. Help me to show Your patience to others and not grumble. I know the Judge is coming soon!

Jeremiah 21:14 “I will punish you according to the fruit of your deeds, declares the Lord; I will kindle a fire in her forest, and it shall devour all that is around her.”

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Established blameless before Jesus

Scripture reading for September 16th:  1st Thessalonians 3, Psalm 35, Proverbs 31

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 3:11-13  “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 prayed that God would direct his way back to the church so he could spend more time with them.  He prayed for the Thessalonians to increase in love for one another and for all people.  He also prayed that God would establish their hearts in blameless faith before His throne.  Jesus Christ would soon return for those who were waiting in faith and living a holy life.

Faith Confession:  Lord Jesus, direct my way each day to those who need the love of Jesus and ministry of God’s Word.  Let love flow in abundance through me.  Establish those I have shared with in blameless holiness that they may all be ready for Christ’s soon return.

Psalm 35:9-10  “Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord, exulting in His salvation.  All my bones shall say, “O Lord, who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him?” 

 

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Called to live a holy life!

Scripture reading for September 17th:  1st Thessalonians 4

Believers can’t please God except to live by faith in His holy word.  The word of God must be read, memorized, and acted upon day by day in order to grow spiritually and to be ready for Christ’s soon return. Paul, a loving pastor, continued to remind the believers about God’s will for their daily conduct.

 “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified:  that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him.  The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you.  For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.  Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who give you His Holy Spirit.”  (1st Thessalonians 4:3-8)

Sexual sin and temptation has been a stumbling block for many believers of every age and culture.  The Roman culture was strikingly similar to what believers live in today in America.  Sexual contact was frequent and lust was cultivated by the media and entertainment of their times.  Paul warned and instructed the church, as pastors must today, about the dangers and the call of God to live a holy life.  Believers must separate themselves from sexual sins because God will judge and punish men for these sins if not repented of.  Grace will not cover those living in known sin!

Remember, if we reject these simple instructions, we are rejecting God’s word!  This will not help us when Jesus returns for His holy Bride!

 

 

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Living a life worthy of God!

Scripture reading for September 15th:  1st Thessalonians 2

Paul sought to encourage the church that he had so courageously founded in the midst of strong opposition.  He reminded them of his conduct among them and how he had spoken to them the precious Gospel given to him and them by God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  He also reminded them how he had worked tirelessly with his own hands so as not to be a burden on them for financial support.  His motive was not financial gain, but their highest good in receiving the true Gospel message and becoming established in it.

“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls  you into His kingdom and glory.  And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in those who believe.”  (1st Thessalonians 2:11-13)  Paul commended them for their reception of the message of the Gospel as the ‘word of God’!  As God’s word, it is full of His Spirit and life and it works inside of each believer to produce the life of Christ.  Paul called them to actually live a life worthy of God, their heavenly Father.  God had called them into His family and kingdom and they would eventually share His glory.

“For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when He comes?  Is it not you?  Indeed, you are our glory and joy!”  (1st Thessalonians 2:18-20)

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The man of lawlessness!

Scripture reading for December 5th: 2nd Thessalonians 1-3

Because of Christ’s love for His bride, the church, He describes a “man of lawlessness” who will come at the end of the last days and be known for his terrible evil.   God wanted to motivate us to tell as many people as possible about the Lord and understand His plan for the final judgment of those who refuse to believe in Christ.

“Concerning the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him, we ask you brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have com from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come.  Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:1-3)

The coming of Jesus Christ will happen suddenly at a time when most are not expecting it.  (1st Thessalonians 5:2-3)  According to Paul, this day will not come until this lawless man is revealed.  Even though it has been nearly 2000 years, these words are as true today as when they were originally written.

Paul goes on to describe this man of lawlessness as one who will opposes truth and set himself up as god.  He will do this by being empowered by Satan to do counterfeit signs and miracles.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:9-10)  These signs will deceive people who have refused to know and love God’s truth.  They will be deluded and go to their destruction.  (2nd Thessalonians 2:11)

How important the love of the truth is!  We have a daily choice to read and believe His word.  If we reject the truth, we have nothing left but a lie.  God chose us to be saved by the sanctifying work of the Spirit and belief of the truth.  This is all a gift of God’s grace.  Because of this grace will will share in the Lord’s glory when He comes.

Take time today to share Jesus Christ with someone who does not know Him.  Ask them if you can share this passage about the coming man of lawlessness.  Let the Holy Spirit lead you in sharing truth about Jesus the Son of God and the events leading to His return to earth for His Church!  The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophesy!  (Revelation 19:10b)

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