Thank you, Firefly!
2 Thessalonians 3:5 ESV
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
Prayer: Lord, please guide us on a path that opens our heart to Your love, peace, grace, steadfastness, and forgiveness. Please build our relationship, our connection. We love you, Lord. Amen.
Firefly Challenge: Today, let us open our heart to God’s Love and steadfastness.
The prayers of the New Testament are glorious. Over the years I’ve heard Bible teachers suggest that we pray them for one another. Occasionally I have, but more often my prayers are heartfelt but vague. Let’s determine to take this wise counsel!
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.
Because the Lord made this day, and all others, because He is in Heaven and does whatsoever He pleases and all that He does is good!
Thank you, Lord, for the Bible in our own language! For the men whose studies You guided!
Thank you for worship that is more Biblical and that we aren’t compelled to offer false worship to bread and wine!
Thank you for brothers and sisters who went before us, having grown strong in the faith and having overcome! For Tyndale and others who loved not their lives unto the death! All this is of You, Father in Heaven!
Thank you for the so-called Magisterial and Radical Reformers who served you with an upright spirit! For their strengths and weaknesses! And for forgiving their sins and our own!
Thank you for the events recorded in Bible history, Old and New, and the unfolding history of Your Church, for its inspiration and lessons to take to heart!
For the great cloud of witnesses, from Adam to Abraham to the Apostle John, to the Reformers, martyrs, and confessors of that age – and all ages!
For sending Your Son, for His patient endurance of such contradiction of sinners against Himself!
For His costly saving blood!
For the Holy Spirit Who came to live in us and teach us and guide us!
For one another!
For prayer, for praise, for hymns and psalms, for Your great goodness in all You are and do!
For answered prayer and joy made complete!
Happy Reformation Day, happy 500th year! Its victories belong to each of us who are believing Jesus Christ!
1 Timothy 1:17
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.