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DateScripturesDaily devotional commentary
Apr 4-10: Judges
April 11: 1 Thessalonians 1-5 From Paul, With Encouragement, N Sween
April 12: Ruth | April 13-21: 1 Samuel
April 22: 2 Thessalonians 1-3 and 2 Samuel 1-3 Why God's People Suffer & Fighting For The Promise
Apr 22-30: 2 Samuel

From Paul, With Encouragement, by Sween
April 11 reading
1 Thessalonians 1-5
Bible Study Aids and
1 Thessalonians Commentary
* 1 Thessalonians, Google * 1 Thess, TextWeek
1 Thessalonians Commentary 1 and 2, Chuck Smith
PROMISE: "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever." (4:16-17)
Thought for today: Who is chosen? Those who have heard the gospel with words, seen the gospel with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction, and those who imitate the Lord through suffering with joy from the Holy Spirit, modeling the gospel message yourselves. (from 1:4-7)
This letter to encourage the church at Thessalonica, Greece, is by Paul, Silas, and Timothy. Paul founded the church there during his second missionary journey (Acts 17:1-9).

How did Paul know these Thessalonians were chosen by God? From reading Genesis, Exodus, Ezekiel, and Revelation, we know that God uses marks on people similarly to how the Hebrews marked their doorposts at the Passover. Ezekiel 9:4 says that the LORD had an angel mark people grieving over the detestable things done in Jerusalem. The angels coming to destroy evil people watched for the mark, not trusting their own eyes. Similarly, believers are marked as they hear the gospel and respond to it positively, not only with repeating the words, but with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction. Suffering comes with faith in the Lord's gospel, and joy comes from the Holy Spirit. The suffering comes from opposition - from those who reject God's plan for man - not from God's wrath. The joy comes from knowing you've changed and turned away from idols to the living and true God, to serve and please Him, not other men. You hear and enter into the gospel, see how Paul lived, and realize that God's word is at work in you also. You realize that people who oppose the gospel and don't want to let you hear and learn it, are heaping sins upon themselves. You realize that people who love the gospel encourage you, and need encouraging themselves as they also go through trials from unbelievers. Persecution comes with faith. We are destined for trials. So encouraging each other is vital.

How shall we pray? May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as Paul's did for the Thessalonians. May the Lord strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

How shall we live? Keep living to please God, more and more. Keep learning what God's will is. (4:3-8; 5:16-18) Actively practice brotherly love, and learn to control your own body over immorality. Lead a quiet life - mind your own business - work with your hands. In this way of earning your own living, you'll also earn the respect of outsiders.

How shall we encourage each other? Death is not going to defeat you. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming for the dead in Christ and for any believers still alive. People will lie about peace and safety, but you will know when the secret time is near - you just will. Be alert and self-controlled, with faith, love, and hope at the forefront of your life. What we suffer is not God's wrath. Jesus died for us so that awake or asleep we may live together with him. Respect those over you in the Lord, even their admonitions. Our response to being wronged is not revenge but kindness, patience, joy, prayer, giving thanks, testing everything, holding on to good, avoiding evil. (5:12-22) These responses don't come naturally. Practice them. Learn them.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful - He will do it!

Tomorrow's reading: Ruth 1-4 with Commentary

1 THESS. | Ruth | 1 Samuel | 2 THESSALONIANS | 2 Samuel | 1 Timothy

DateScripturesDaily devotional commentary
April 13-21: 1 Samuel
April 22: 2 Thessalonians 1-3 and 2 Samuel 1-3 Why God's People Suffer & Fighting For The Promise
Apr 22-30: 2 Samuel

Why God's People Suffer, N Sween
April 22 reading
2 Thessalonians 1-3 and 2 Samuel
Bible Study Aids and
2 Thessalonians Commentary
* Guzik's Commentary * Jeremiah Project's
Increase of Wickedness and War on Christianity
* Study Guide for 2 Thessalonians, by C Smith
PRAYER: "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. 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." (1:11-12)
Thought for today: Knowing the truth about salvation and the antichrist
gives believers a valuable kind of power to hold onto while suffering.
Reading 2 Thessalonians right after reading about David's sufferings (his life in danger, irrationally pursued by King Saul in 1 Samuel) gives us more insight into how and why God's people suffer. As these Thessalonians, David was counted worthy of suffering for the kingdom of God. Paul encouraged believers at Thessalonica to recognize that relief does come for believers - but not permanently until Christ returns to establish his kingdom. And then relief for those faithful to Christ will accompany punishment for those who aren't. Without following Christ one doesn't know God and doesn't obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. Paul issues the warning that without knowing Christ, the destruction of non-believers will go on, and on, and on. Vengenance is up to the LORD. His enemies will be shut out from Christ's presence and power, but His holy people will glorify Him and marvel at all he does.

Just as David wasn't always confident he would survive Saul, the Thessalonians' confidence had been shaken by a counterfeit letter supposedly from Paul, saying that the LORD had already come back. But Paul assures us (in his own handwriting - 3:17) that the LORD will not return until the specific situation predicted throughout scripture happens. Rebellion will continue, but one will hold lawlessness back until a specific man of lawlessness is revealed. He will work with Satan in counterfeiting miracles, signs, and wonders in order to deceive any who refuse the truth of how - and with whom - to be saved. This powerful delusion is sent by God to see who will believe the lie vs the truth. In time the LORD Jesus will overthrow and destroy the man of lawlessness.

Meanwhile, stand firm by remembering that God set up His plan for believers to be saved through what the Holy Spirit does and through your believing the truth. Be encouraged. Take seriously Paul's specific request for you to pray for those spreading the message of the LORD and their deliverance from wicked and evil doers who fake faith. Commit your heart into God's love and Christ's perseverance. Stay away from idle believers with "too much time on their hands" who don't work to support themselves and are busybodies. Never tire of doing what is right. Shun a lazy believer to warn him as a brother to follow Paul's work example.

(Continue on to 2 Samuel 1-2 and commentary, "Fighting For The Promise")

Tomorrow's reading: 2 Samuel 3-5 with Commentary

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