2 Chronicles 33:14-34:33
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
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Focus Verses: 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you
worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every
good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your 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
was confident that God would one day act in justice and put the world
to rights. He was sure that destruction would come upon all who
rebelled against God, rejected the gospel of Christ, and persecuted the
church. He was just as convinced that blessing would be poured out
upon all who had put their faith in Christ and followed him through
thick and thin.
With that in mind, Paul prayed for his
Christian friends in Thessalonica. He prayed that God would fulfill
every good intention and every righteous act prompted by their faith.
He wanted Jesus to be lifted up and glorified in their lives.
Response and Action:
faith should help me persevere in times of trial. It should move me
toward good purposes and spur me on toward good deeds. God's grace
and power help me to become the person he has in mind for me to be,
and to accomplish the good work he has in mind for me to do.
me, O Lord, transform my life, shape my desires, and prompt me
toward the righteous acts you have prepared for me to do. I am your
workmanship. May my faith in Jesus prompt me to delight in your
will, to want what you want, and to walk in your ways to the glory of
your name. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Ephesians 2:8-10
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not
from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one
can boast. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to
do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
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