Devotions for November 28, 2014

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1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don’t really need to write you. 2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. 3 When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.

4 But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. 5 For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. 6 So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded. 7 Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk. 8 But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.

9 For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. 10 Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. 11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: What kind of mindset is Paul urging the church to have regarding the coming of Jesus? How is the church supposed to live in light of God’s coming wrath on the earth? Think of a fellow Christian who needs encouragement to war more for their worship. Do you pray for them, love them, and intentionally point them back to Jesus?

Q: When you begin your day today, know you are living as a son or daughter of the light, not of the darkness. Set your eyes on Jesus, the light of the world. How can you war more for your worship today? If something feels impossible for you to submit to Jesus, then know that His strength is made perfect in your weakness. Rely on Him, and He will not let your shoes wear-out for the journey.

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