Saved by the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Scripture reading for September 20th:  2nd Thessalonians 2, Psalm 39, Proverbs 4

Key Scriptures:  2nd Thessalonians 2:13-15  “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 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.”  

Paul was thankful for the believers in Thessalonica who had come to Christ as a result of his ministry there.  He noted that they had been sanctified, set apart, by the Holy Spirit and had believed the true Gospel.  They had heard God’s call to salvation through that Gospel and now needed to stand firm in the truth they had believed.  Glory awaits those who are truly saved and living in truth.

Faith Confession:  I thank God for the Gospel of grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  That Gospel called me into relationship and through the Holy Spirit I am standing firm in the truth.

Psalm 39:7-8  “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?  My hope is in You!  Deliver me from all my transgressions.  Do not make me the scorn of the fool.!”

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Worthy of His calling!

Scripture reading for September 19th:  2nd Thessalonians 1, Psalm 28, Proverbs 3

Key Scriptures:  2nd Thessalonians 1:9-12 “They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His might, when He comes on that day to be glorified in His saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.  To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power,  so that the Name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Paul was clear concerning the events of the last days.  He told the Thessalonians that the wicked, those who don’t know God and have rejected the Gospel of Jesus Christ,  would suffer eternal punishment.  The will be eternally separated from God’s glorious presence.  But the righteous would be glorified as they had glorified the Name of Jesus through good works done in faith and the power of the Holy Spirit.  Praise Jesus for His glorious Gospel!

Faith Confession:  I believe in the salvation of the righteous, those who have confessed their sins and trusted in Jesus Christ to save them.  My faith in Jesus motivates me to live a life of faith doing good works that God has prepared for me.  To God be all glory!

Proverbs 3:3-4 “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.  So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.”  

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Destined for Salvation!

Scripture reading for September 18th:  1st Thessalonians 5, Psalm 37, Proverbs 2

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.”  

Christians belong to the day and are creatures living in the Light of Jesus Christ.  We don’t need alcohol to help us cope with this world because we have faith in Jesus Christ and His love and are filled with hope through the Holy Spirit.  We know God’s Word has promised us salvation and escape from wrath.  Whether we are awake and ready or asleep or even sleeping in death, God’s promises are true.  We must remind each other of this day by day.

Faith Confession:  I am a believer in Jesus Christ and hold fast to the hope of salvation and deliverance from God’s wrath.  Thank You Lord for Your promises and the light of Your Word to guide my path.

Psalm 37:39-40 “The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their stronghold in the time of trouble.  The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him.”  

 

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Take time to be Holy!

Scripture reading for September 17th:  1st Thessalonians 4, Psalm 36,, Proverbs 1

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 4:3-8  “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: 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.”  

Our sanctification, or the process of being set apart for God and made holy, is progressive.  We should be learning how to control our body and its appetites.  We come to understand the law of love which recognizes the worth of each person and how wrong it is to take advantage of another person sexually in adultery or fornication or any form of sexual perversion.  Paul stressed that God Himself was the avenger of these sins.  That should make each of us take note.  God demands holiness for anyone to see Him when He returns.

Faith Confession:  I understand that God is the avenger of sexual sins.  Sexual sin hurts the other partner and brings impurity into our lives.  Lord, help me to control my body and appetites and to be holy set apart for Your use.

Proverbs 1:32-33 “For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to Me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

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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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Filling up the measure of Sins

Scripture reading for September 13:  1st Thessalonians 2, Psalm 34, Proverbs 30

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 2:14-16 “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 church for their willingness to suffer as the churches in Judea had.  There the Jews had killed the Lord Jesus, persecuted those who believed in Him and drove Paul and others out of the area.  These religious people were displeasing to God and opposing all mankind!  This filled up the measure of their sins and ultimately brought the wrath of God upon them.  This is the consequence of opposing God’s people and rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord.

Faith Confession:  Lord, I am willing to suffer persecution and abuse by those who oppose Jesus Christ.  Help me to continue to believe and preach the Gospel message to whoever will listen so they may be saved from God’s coming and ongoing wrath.

Proverbs 30:5-6 “Every Word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.  Do not add to His Words, lest He rebuke you and you be found a liar.”  

 

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Waiting for the Son!

Scripture reading for September 12th:  1st Thessalonians 1, Psalm 33, Proverbs 29

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 1:8-10  “For not only has the Word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and in Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.  For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”  

When someone is truly saved and has believed God’s Word, they most often become vocal about sharing their faith.  They tell others what has happened to them and share the Word of God with lost friends and acquaintances.  The Thessalonians had turned from serving dead idols to now accepting adoption by the God who is alive and true.  They knew the wrath that would have been theirs under the darkness of idolatry and excitedly waited for the return of Jesus Christ and eternal life.

Faith Confession:  I tell the good news of Jesus Christ to those God places in my path.  Jesus saved me from idolatry to sin and self and gave me a vision of His coming again with full salvation for all who believe in Him.

Psalm 33:18-20 “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His steadfast love, that He may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.  Our soul waits for the Lord, He is our help and our shield.”  

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Seasoned with salt!

Scripture reading for September 11th:  Colossians 4, Psalm 32, Proverbs 28

Key Scriptures: Colossians 4:2-6 “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it, with thanksgiving.  At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the Word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison–that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom towards outsiders, making the best use of the time.  Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

Paul’s final instructions contained a call to prayer for the church and for him and his ministry as a prisoner in a Roman jail.  He never asked to get out, but for open doors for God’s Word and boldness to declare the mystery of Christ Jesus the Lord.  He wanted to make it clear and know when to speak and what to say to each person, not wasting any precious time.  Watchful prayers and faithful witnessing will bring God-directed results!

Faith Confession:  Lord, help me to watch and pray for missionaries and evangelists who are preaching the Word.  Give me open doors and boldness as I preach Your unchanging Word.  Season my speech with the saltiness of the Gospel.

Proverbs 28:20 “A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.”  

 

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The Word Dwells Richly in Me!

Scripture reading for September 10th:  Colossians 3, Psalm 31, Proverbs 27

Key Scriptures:  Colossians 3:14-17 “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  

God is Love.  Love is a basic covering for those in Christ Jesus.  When we live in love, there is harmony and peace in our hearts and between other believers.  Thankfulness and faith go hand in hand and pleases God.  We can easily be thankful when we let Christ’s unchanging Word dwell in our hearts and flow through us to inform our actions and to share with others.  God’s Word is wisdom, melody of song, and rich instruction for hungry hearts.

Faith Confession:  I am clothed with love as I am filled with the Holy Spirit.  God’s peace fills my heart and I seek to allow the Word of God to dwell within me and come out of my life and mouth in thanksgiving, praise, and godly instruction in wisdom.

Psalm 31:19 “Oh, how abundant is Your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!” 

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Rooted in Christ

Scripture reading for September 9th:  Colossians 2, Psalm 30, Proverbs 26

Key Scriptures:  Colossians 2:6-10  ‘Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority.”  

The true Gospel message teaches Jesus Christ as Lord of all and as having the fullness of God in human flesh.  There are lots of other philosophies and human traditions that teach something different.  Paul warned the Colossians not to be taken in by anything that did not exalt Jesus Christ as coming as God in human flesh and Lord of all heaven and earth.  We must go deeper in knowing Christ Jesus and overflow with thanksgiving that we have a God who understands human weakness.

Faith Confession:  I am thankful that Jesus Christ our Lord came as a human man and showed me the fullness of God.  I desire to be deeply rooted in Christ and built up in my faith concerning His wisdom, divine power, holiness, righteousness, and preeminence over all authority.

Proverbs 26:12  “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

 

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