Thursday July 15, 2021

Thursday – July 15th – 2 Thessalonians 1:4-6     -----     
 
1:4 so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, 
5 which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; 
6 since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, 
 
 Today’s Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for the day:
     SEEING GOD FOR WHO HE IS WILL OPEN YOUR EYES TO WHO YOU ARE.*
 
     Welcome to Thursday and the official middle of July. This past week in our teaching from the “Asking For A Friend” series I spoke about the importance of self-awareness. Today’s inspirational thought states that the foundation for our own self-awareness begins with our connection to God. Our understanding of who God is and the role God plays in our life and in the connectedness of the universe is what defines who we are and how we live out our life. Our understanding about God comes from our knowing God which is found through time spent in scripture as well as observing “God moments” out in the world. Today may we have our eyes open and our heart open to the movements of God.
 
    Our pick verses for today are in the middle of one of Paul’s signature long sentences. Paul’s focus in these verses is to convey understanding and insight around God’s final judgement and the glory of the new creation. At times we may question God’s system of judgement when we must patiently endure hardships in life or persecutions from ungodly people. But Paul says that such persecutions, seen in the light of the Lord’s return, are a mark of God’s ultimate justice. When Jesus returns, He will repay with great tribulation those who persecute believers. When we patiently suffer for the sake of the Gospel, we know we have chosen the winning side in any spiritual warfare battle.

Blessings
  Pastor Jim
Friday – July 16th – 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 36717). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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