Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Lord is Faithful

"Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.  Let no one deceive you in any way.  For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.  Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?  And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work.  Only he who restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.  The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  Therefore, God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.  To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. 
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God of our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort  your hearts and establish them in every good work and word."  2 Thessalonians 2 (ESV)

"Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and  that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men.  For not all have faith.  But the Lord is faithful.  He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.  And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command.  May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ."
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 (ESV)

Let's pray:  Dear Lord, Thank You for Your saving grace.  Thank You for Your comfort.  Thank You Lord for being faithful.  I lift up to You those who are reading this and pray for them to have a personal relationship with You, Jesus.  I pray that You will reveal Yourself to them and show them the truth.  I pray that none of us will ever be deceived or follow a false gospel.  I pray that those who are following a false gospel will see the truth.  I pray that You will give us Your peace and protection even as the world is in chaos.  Please keep us safe and healthy.  I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.

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