"Great Expectations & Stability" - Thursday, June 30th

"Great Expectations & Stability" - Thursday, June 30th

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. It was for this He called you through our gospel, that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

Today’s Scripture has three parts. The two little words, “So, then,” connect part 1 and part 2. The two little words, “Now may,” connect part 3 with parts 1 & 2. Part 1 is a great overview of the wonderful plan of salvation God has for us. It says, “God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.” Next it says, “He called you through our gospel.” And then it says, “that you may gain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Long before we responded to Christ, God chose us for salvation and sanctification. Then God called us through the message of the gospel and we responded to Christ for salvation and entered into the lifelong process of sanctification. In the end our transformation will be complete and we will share Christ’s glory forever.

Part two of our passage says, “So, then brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.” We are right in the middle of the lifelong process of sanctification through Christ. The Apostle Paul knows what a challenge it is for believers to stay on track and so he admonishes us with these words, “stand firm and hold to ….” God has great expectations for us and the stability of standing firm with God’s plan and holding to the truth is all important.

Part three of our passage says, “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.” Notice the words, “comfort and strengthen your hearts.” This is the key to it all. If sanctification is going to take place consistently in our lives we must “stand firm and hold to.” For us to be able to “stand firm and hold to,” we need a special ongoing work of God that continually comforts and strengthens our hearts. Our hearts being comforted and strengthened comes from daily communion with God. Communion with God is where our victory is secured and this must be our primary aim and daily pursuit.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

 Lord, draw me near and help me to be really close to you. Help me to experience your presence moment by moment. Minister to me deeply within so that I have a stability of soul that comes from the constant comfort and strength you provide. I want to stand firm with your plan and hold to the truth, so I commit myself to seeking you moment by moment throughout every day you give me. I love you and worship you, Lord. Amen!

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