2 Thessalonians 2
Signs of the Day of the Lord, a day preceded by a vast "falling away," show us we must stand fast.
Unbelief is dangerous: It leads to deception, and deception leads to destruction. Jesus performed many miracles,convincing people of His identity so they could have a basis for believing in Him. Before His return, the Antichrist, empowered by Satan, will be loosed on the earth and a time of great deception and apostasy will occur. Those people who hate the truth will buy into this deception, precipitating their ultimate destruction. Meanwhile, believers must stand firm, holding tightly to the truth. In a world of falsehood and deliberate deception, we must always be on guard.
Praise the Lord for the encouragement He gives us through His Word, through the Holy Spirit, and through other believers:
He is the Rock, His work is perfect;
For all His ways are justice,
A God of truth and without injustice;
Righteous and upright is He (Deuteronomy 32:4).
The Lord lives!
Blessed be my Rock!
Let God be exalted,
The Rock of my salvation! (2 Samuel 22:47).
Pause for praise and thanksgiving.
Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
O God, You know my foolishness;
And my sins are not hidden from You.
Let not those who wait for You, O Lord
God of hosts, be ashamed because of me;
Let not those who seek You be confounded
because of me, O God of Israel (Psalm 69:5-6).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind, and pray this affir-mation to the Lord:
And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.
The Lord encourages us to come to Him with our concerns and desires. As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
greater wisdom for living life,
needs of your immediate family,
your activities for the day.
Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord:
"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!" . . . "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!"(Revelation 5:12-13).
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