2 Thessalonians 2 13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as first fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
Lord Jesus-There are so many reasons to be thankful. There are those who you have brought into my life who are examples of your work and the power of the Word to save. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that people are brought to a saving relationship with you.
Thank you for the way in which you have worked...and thank you for the people who you will bring to yourself in the coming days. I am looking forward to what you are going to do in this coming days. Lord Jesus continue your work.
14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord Jesus--You have called your people for a purpose...to share your glory. That is the goal, work toward that goal in this week that starts in just a few moments. In this week, lead in ways that I may not be aware of until after the fact.
15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
Lord Jesus--Paul is giving the marching orders to the troops. Stand your ground...practice what you have been taught. Live out the life of faith in the face of everything that life throws at you. Live it, because you know you are not alone.
Paul reminds me this morning that you are the one who is doing the encouraging and who is engaged in this battle with me. It is on your strength that I face the day that is in front of me.
You are the one who will lead every step, every day in this week that is just waiting to start in front of me. Lead on Jesus...