Daily Devotions: September 23, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is 2 Thessalonians chapter 2

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

Confusion about end times can be harmful to a believer’s faith. The Thessalonians were alarmed and shaken up due to false teaching about the “day of the Lord.” There is a lot of bizarre and false teaching bombarding God’s people today. We must be well grounded in God’s Word so that we don’t get blown off course. Don’t be fooled by false teaching, know what your Bible says. The Thessalonians were told that the “day of the Lord” had already come. Paul refuted this idea and taught them the doctrine of eschatology. To clarify this doctrine, Paul shared some of the signs God’s people should look for at the return of Christ. First, there will be a great falling away. Many will turn from the truth and away from God. Second, the “man of lawlessness” will be revealed. The Antichrist will exalt himself by defying all that is godly, defiling the temple, and desiring that all people worship him. This is Satan’s agenda and he is secretly at work in the world today. But the Holy Spirit is restraining evil, and is reaching out to the lost world through the Gospel witness of God’s church. At God’s appointed time the church will be raptured, and the Holy Spirit will cease to restrain evil, and the Great Tribulation will begin. Thirdly, there will be great deception on the earth. Satan will work through the Antichrist using counterfeit power and signs and wonders. Many will believe these lies because they have refused to love God and accept the truth of the Gospel. Those who have refused the Gospel will be condemned because they love and practice sin, and reject God and the Gospel of grace. Instead of being confused and troubled about these things, God’s people should stand firm in the faith. We should “keep a strong grip” on the teaching of the Gospel, and take comfort in our salvation through Christ and the hope of glory.

Prayer: “Dear Lord, help us to be firm in the faith, and use us to teach others about the love of the Savior. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

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