Daily Devotions: September 19, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is I Thessalonians chapter 5

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

Jesus is coming again! The return of Christ is a great comfort to God’s people. First, we are comforted by knowing that believers will be raised. Those who have died in the Lord, God will bring back with Jesus when He returns. Believers who have died will rise from their graves. Jesus is the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18), and just as Jesus was raised so will His followers also be raised. Secondly, we are comforted by knowing that we will be raptured. Those believers who are alive and remain at the coming of the Lord will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. Not only are we comforted by the rapture, and the resurrection of the saints, but also we are comforted by knowing that we are ready for the return of Christ. The day of the Lord will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. Saints of God won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. Instead, we will be ready because we are children of the light. Therefore, we must live as witnesses in a dark world. Let us wear the armor of faith and love, and the helmet of the confidence of our salvation. “For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when He returns, we can live with him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (I Thessalonians 5:9-11 NLT)

Prayer: “Dear Lord, thank You for comforting us with the truth of Your return. Use us as witnesses of Your unfailing love, and may we burn as bright lights in a dark world. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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