July 4, Reading 3 – 1 Thessalonians 5

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SAA Notes

Speculation about end times is wrong. Speculation feeds on pride and leads to fights and arguments as we defend our position. Reread Luke 12:35-48 together with this passage. Who should you encourage and how will you build them up? (Verse 11)

SJA Notes

“But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day.”

In Matthew 24 we read, “Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”

In Luke 12 we read, “You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

And the warning from Jesus’ lips in Revelation 3, “If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.”

Our Lord God is very clear in His word.

Let us be exhorted and encouraged to stay awake and alert spiritually, to walk in the light of God and His word, to refrain from doing evil and work to restrain evil, to love the church and grow in unity under Jesus.

Let us keep ready for our Lord!

* Father God,

You have set a day in time, that we do not know, when the last trumpet will sound.

Please equip us to go about the work You have laid out for us, each of our days, with all diligence.

Please help us to stay awake and alert, to be children of Your light, and not of darkness.

Amen.

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