Tuesday, April 9
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
13 But we ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God has chosen you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, so that you might obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, whether by what we said or what we wrote.
16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.
If you believe in Jesus today it’s because God chose to reveal Him to you. Just think: are your natural desires for God or for self? In our human condition, all of us desire our own purposes and plans. If you are reading the Bible today (and you are!), there must be new desires in you. So, we’re told to stand firm and keep believing and trust Jesus to encourage and strengthen us to live for Him today.
Father, thank You for choosing to make Jesus known to me. It is all an act of Your grace. I ask you to strengthen me to live strongly for Him today.
How does God’s choosing of me cause me to respond? Is it humbling, as it should be? What should I do today as a result?
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.