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.

July 3, Reading 3 – 1 Thessalonians 4

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Faith and works go together and should never be separated. Faith without works is dead, and works without faith is fruitless and directionless. What ambition fills your heart? Does it line up with Scripture?

SJA Notes

We are able to read this passage and hear Paul speaking to all of us. Paul puts himself in the future tense,

“Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”

Paul died and so is in the first segment now,

“And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

But he places himself in the segment of God’s people who will be alive when Jesus returns – Writing encouragement to us all.

Because whether we are raised first in Christ because we are dead, or caught up together with them to meet our Lord in the air – It doesn’t matter!

We all, all of us, whether we shuffle of this mortal coil or whether the King of the Ages returns while we still breathe – We get to ALWAYS BE WITH THE LORD.

Let’s be encouraged in this today. Encouraged as we walk this road, and exhorted to take seriously Paul’s earlier words on living in holiness.

* Father God,

Thank You for Paul’s words here, for Your Word here that we read – Thank You that whether we are raised first or caught up second, that we have finished our race, and will be with You always.

Always.

Thank You Lord God for this hope. What a hope! What a Saviour!

Amen.

July 2, Reading 3 – 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13

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When you face trials, ask the Lord to send someone who will strengthen and encourage you in your faith. God did not create us to be independent islands unto ourselves.

SJA Notes

Paul’s love for the church family is so evident in this letter. We can be very encouraged both to have the same kind of love, and to see the love in those ministering around us.

Particularly when we undergo trials and temptations. Both as individuals, and onwards through our various relationships, even to our churches and beyond. When we undergo these things, Paul shows us how we ought to find joy in God’s family, as we struggle together through life.

And we can all be praying for one another, that our Father would establish our hearts blameless in holiness before Him.

* Father God,

Thank You for Paul’s words in this passage, words of encouragement and exhortation.

Please help us to be both established and exhorted in our faith.

Please help us Lord in our struggles and worries, our concerns for each day.

We cast them at Your feet, we turn them over to You.

Amen.