Paul's goal for this new church was their sanctification in holiness. He began here with Jesus' secret return to motivate them before giving them a list of godly duties. They were confused about the timing of His return as many today.
The living and true God, Jehovah of the Bible, is our God and Father. He responds gloriously to our prayers. The 14 attributes of God for prayer build confidence and excitement to pray more. He does far more than hear and answer. You will shout!
God loved His Son's noble conduct to become a man and die the cruel death of crucifixion. For His death on the cross, God gave Him great honors and rewards, which spoils of victory He has shared with His church, especially the Holy Spirit.
A very short devotional before the Lord's Supper in which a very few notable features of Jesus' death are identified in the Bible. Lovers of Christ want to remember more than that Jesus died but how well He died, just as His Father above.
God counted this Italian the first Gentile convert. His conversion is given in detail and defended twice. Jesus provided much help for this glorious conversion of a Gentile family, but he was regenerated long before he ever met Peter.
The Holy Spirit, an angel, and Peter declared Cornelius's saved conduct before Peter preached to him. This inspired event proves regeneration before faith and good works. Traditionalists today as then miss or resist God's sovereign grace.
Paul was taught by Jesus Christ, and knew about Him better than any man, but he sought to know Him better in personal ways. In contrast, he warned about enemies of Christ that worshipped their bellies by minding earthly things.
What should we do to change our habits and increase our love of Christ? We must repent for past lack of love and commit our full devotion to Him. There are some practical things that can be done daily to keep our hearts with Him.
We shall soon be at the judgment seat of Christ to account for our lives. Have we loved Jesus Christ and served Him passionately, or have we measured ourselves by worldly standards? Earthly honors will not mean a thing in that day.
Character or conduct valued by men is not enough, even if Biblical. We must love Jesus the Son of God or we can expect His judgment like Israel received in 70 A.D. What can you do with your family to know and love Jesus most of all?
Isaiah foretold Jews rejecting Jesus for not having any beauty. To those with spiritual and foresightful eyes, He is very beautiful. Do you think Jesus Christ beautiful? How do you show it and tell it to others. Renew your first love of Him today.
The devil will devour lazy souls like he did Lot, Samson, and Solomon. The result are terrible. His main tactics are the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride of life. He used these three on Eve and Jesus. You must hate the world and all in it.
Chief tools of the devil are anger, bitterness, and not forgiving others, especially spouses. God wants his children happy, healthy, and confident to meet Him in the Day of Judgment, but the BAD devil will destroy all three blessings.
The devil's sin was pride, and he uses the pride of life to destroy. Esteem others and lower yourself. He was and is a liar, so you must love gospel truth, practice personal honesty, and hate even hearing distracting inputs of the world.
Keep in mind when studying the devil's wiles - Jesus has and will yet defeat Him. He cannot do anything God did not plan and direct. He wants you to be BAD, which is bitter, arrogant, and deceitful. These are three of his chief wiles.
The devil wants you BAD ... bitter, arrogant, deceitful. By bitterness, God and the Bible mean any thought, word, or deed tending in the direction of murder, for Satan has been a murderer from the start. Hate this B sin in your heart.
The devil looks for weaknesses to tempt you. He knew Jesus was hungry from long fasting. What habits do you have that leave you exposed to the devil? This is the first line of resisting him - discipline in all parts of life to send him away.