2 Thessalonians 2: Will You Stand Fast In The Lord?
Verse of the Day: (V15) “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.”
1. Satan (V1-10)
V1 “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,”
Apostle Paul pleaded with the Thessalonians Christians to stand fast in the Lord, and endure the intense suffering and persecution from the Roman authority, as well as Satan’s and his demons’ lies and deceits, and patiently wait for the Lord’s imminent and glorious return when He shall gather all His saints to be with them forever! Today, we are still waiting for the Lord’s return, and let us continue to stand fast, and serve Him to the end.
V9 “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,”
2. Salvation (V11-14)
V13 “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:”
In spite of Satan’s lies and deceits, the Almighty God is able to save and sanctify many people from fiery hell to glorious heaven by His everlasting love and amazing grace, if only we truly believe and receive Jesus Christ, His Son, as our personal Saviour and Lord.
V14 “Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
3. Stand (V15-17)
V15 “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.”
Today, Satan is going all out to deceive and lead man to fiery hell because he knows that his time is running out. However, let us take comfort that our God shall ultimately cast Satan into fiery hell because of his sins and pride. This was why Paul encouraged the Christians to stand fast and cleave to God and His Word, because we already have great victory through His death, resurrection and return. Indeed, let us stand fast in the Lord as He is our everlasting love, grace and consolation, and greatest hope now and forever!
V16 “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to stand fast in You, and wait patiently for Your return.
2 Thessalonians 1: Are You In God’s Presence?
Verse of the Day: (V9) “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;”
1. Patience (V1-6)
V3 “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;”
Apostle Paul shared with all the churches of God of the abounding patience, endurance, faith and love of the Thessalonians Christians in spite of being persecuted by the Romans authority. He was very thankful for their great faith and their love for one another. Indeed, let us be patient in our suffering for Christ’s sake, and be loving towards one another that Christ shall be magnified and glorified in us through our glowing and godly testimony.
V4 “So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:”
2. Presence (V7-10)
V8 “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:”
Though the righteous seems to suffer and the wicked seems to enjoy life, yet one day God shall come as a Judge to all men. God shall punish the wicked with flaming fire and cast them out of His presence and into fiery hell, however, He shall bless and reward the righteous with crowns and draw them to His presence in His home in glorious heaven.
V9 “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;”
3. Pleasure (V11-12)
V11 “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:”
Paul always prayed for them that their faith and love be worthy of God’s calling and be a great pleasure of His goodness in spite of much persecution and suffering. Indeed, it is not easy to live a victorious Christian life in the midst of persecution and suffering, but let us remember that God shall richly bless and reward us in due time and for His glory.
V12 “That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to always be in Your presence, and be patient in life.
1 Thessalonians 5: Are You Patient With All Men?
Verse of the Day: (V14) “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”
1. Be Sober (V1-11)
V6 “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”
Apostle Paul reminded the Thessalonians Christians as well as Christians today to watch and be sober and be ready to meet God who shall come anytime to bring us to His glorious home in heaven. Until then, let us put on the whole armour of God, especially the breastplate of faith and love to protect our heart, as it is the vital organ of our body, without which we shall die. Next, we must put on the helmet of salvation to protect our head, another vital organ, without which we shall never function effectively, as the head controls our thinking and movement, and it is the hope of our salvation in Christ Jesus.
V8 “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.”
2. Be At Peace (V12-13)
V12 “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;”
Respect and honour your pastors and leaders even though they may not be perfect as God has appointed them over you. Let us fervently pray for our leaders that they will humble themselves and keep improving on their effectiveness as God’s leaders. Above all, let us be at peace with one another as unity in Christ is our greatest strength and testimony!
V13 “And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.”
3. Be Patient (V14-28)
V14 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”
The world says, Render evil for evil, but God says, Render good for evil as two wrongs do not make a right. We may seem to be at the losing end when we render good for evil, but God knows the heart of man, and He shall vindicate all who truly love and trust Him. Therefore, let us warn those who deeply hurt or harm us, and avoid them, but at the same time, be patient and forgiving towards them, and commit everything to God in prayer!
V15 “See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be sober, and be at peace and be patient with all men.