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Steadfastness of hope!

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

1st Thessalonians 1:2-8 “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your 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 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 in Achaia.”

Paul began his letter to the Thessalonian believers with thanksgiving and prayer! The church there that he had helped found was only newly established when persecution forced Paul to leave for other cities. He was pleased to learn that the church there had flourished because of the faith and steadfastness of these believers. They had come to Christ because of God’s grace drawing them through the Word preached to them. The Holy Spirit had brought full conviction of sin and they had repented and believed. In spite of the persecution and affliction, the Holy Spirit had filled them with joy and vision of Christ’s purposes and were now a great example to other believers of God’s amazing grace and faithfulness!

Psalm 117:1-2 “Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol Him all peoples! For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the power of the Gospel to bring full conviction and repentance leading to a transformed life of faith. These believers are an example to all believers and me today of Your power to keep those You call in the midst of affliction and persecution steadfast in the Blessed Hope, Jesus’ soon return! Praise Your Name, in all nations now and forever! Amen!

Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.”

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Our God is Worthy!

Scripture reading for December 9th:  Revelation 7, Psalm 117-18, Proverbs 29

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 7:9-12  “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!”  And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen!””

As John beheld the glory of God and the Lamb, he saw a great multitude of people from every tribe, tongue, and nation assembled in white robes and shouting praise to God and the Lamb for their salvation!  This caused a domino effect as the angels, elders, and living creatures joined in the shout of blessing to the great God of heaven and earth!  Amazingly, this was going on then and is now and will for eternity!

Faith Confession:  I look forward to joining the throng around the throne of God in worship of the Lamb and in thanks for His great salvation.  It is my prayer that none of my family or friends will miss out!  Help me to pray Lord!

Psalm 117:1-2 “Praise the Lord, all nations!  Extol Him, all peoples!  For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.  Praise the Lord!”



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