Pray for Us

Today’s reading is 2 Thessalonians 3.

“Pray for us,” Paul writes, “that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored.” What a great prayer. As those unashamed of the gospel, busy passing it along, this should be a prayer we often speak. “And that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.” And there is that part. No matter how much we proclaim and how much we pray, there will be unbelievers. Let us pray God will deliver us from them. Not only that He will deliver us from their physical attacks and persecutions, but even from their attitudes and influences that might drag us along in their unbelief. If you haven’t prayed yet today, make this part of your prayer. If you have, why not pray again and include this?

Monday’s reading is Matthew 1.

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Established By God

Today’s reading is 2 Thessalonians 2.

Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians is that God the Father and God the Son will establish them in every good work and word. This is in contrast to what God is doing with those who ignore the truth but take pleasure in unrighteousness. With those, God sends a strong delusion. He pushes them further down their path of unrighteousness (see also¬†Romans 1:18-31). As they have pursued instability, He gives them what they seek. He destabilizes them. The good news is when we pursue God’s word and work, He will provide stability. He will establish us. We can’t make God do anything. But good news; He is doing His part. Today, let’s love truth (God’s word) and pursue righteousness (God’s work). Then let us pray and take comfort that God Himself will establish and stabilize us in, through, and for these pursuits. Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Thessalonians 3.

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Don’t Grow Weary

Today’s reading is 2 Thessalonians 3.

This letter to the Thessalonians begins with a thanksgiving that their faith and love are both increasing and abounding. So much so that Paul was able to boast about them in all the other congregations he visited. It ends with a caution. Don’t let that flag. Don’t grow weary in it. It is especially wearisome to do good when even brothers and sisters around you are growing weary. We, however, can and must continue. Relying on God, let us continue to shine God’s good light by doing our work, doing it well, and pointing to Him. Some days that won’t come naturally. But put your hand in God’s and walk with Him anyway. You’ll be amazed at the outcome God produces through you and for you.

Monday’s reading is Matthew 1.

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The Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ

Today’s reading is 2 Thessalonians 2.

Why do we disciple and long to be discipled? Because the goal of the disciple’s calling is the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. The gospel leads to obtaining the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, we stand firm in the gospel, holding to what Paul and the other apostles and prophets have passed down to us through God’s Word. What goal could be greater than ours? Let us keep our eyes on what God has in reserve for us and continue toward it in the strength of His might, not being distracted by anything less glorious than the glory of the Lord Jesus.

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Thessalonians 3.

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It Is Coming

Today’s reading is 2 Thessalonians 1.

Why are we so intent on making disciples? Because we know things will not continue as they are today. The day is coming when the Lord will descend with a shout. The day is coming when the heavenly hosts in flaming fire will come to inflict vengeance on those who have not obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ. Just as we are glad someone brought the message of the gospel to us to save us from that wrath, we would bring that message to others to save them from it as well. Further, we take comfort knowing that those who refuse to repent and instead persecute and mistreat us will be judged by God and do not need to be judged by us. So we speak. So we persuade. So we make disciples. Wrath is coming. To whom will you take the gospel today?

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Thessalonians 2.

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