Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Daily Devo- 2 Thessalonians " Hold On!!"

2 Thessalonians 1

1 Paul, Silas and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. 4 Therefore, among Gods churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

5 All this is evidence that Gods judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 12 We pray this 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.

Lord I am so thankful for this passage in Your Word today! It reassures me of so many things. You show me that the things I am suffering here, are not necessarily a punishment. Just because You don't stop those who are persecuting me and those close to me, does not mean that I am outside of Your will.

You have said You will handle it all when Jesus returns. You have let me know that my standing strong during this time and season of suffering, I am growing and learning to love more abundantly!
My faith is becoming steadfast because I do run from trouble and I do not give up!
Thank you for Your love and Spirit that guides and enables me to hold on and keep walking during the tough times!
The way I handle trials You equate with being worthy of the Kingdom of God. Your Kingdom needs strong people who don't run at the first sight of tough times. We have an enemy who devours the weak, so please take my weakness and make me strong in You!!! I cannot serve and show others the way to You if I give up.

I will walk in God's love and Truth.
I will remember that God does not miss anything and He will handle everything in His own time.
Chasing After Their Hearts,
Glenda Johnson

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