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A Life Pleasing to God (Part II)

Introduction

How can we as a community of God’s people live a life pleasing to God?

Two ways:

A. EXCELLING IN OUR LOVE (vv.9-10)

  1. What is love for our Christian brothers and sisters?
  2. How can we “do this more and more” (v.10)?
 

B. TESTIFYING THROUGH OUR CONDUCT (vv.11-12)

  1. What conduct are we to work towards?
  2. Why? “so that you may walk (peripatéō) properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one” (v.12)

For the purpose of pleasing and glorifying God! The way we live our lives must glorify God!

 

Conclusion

May our life please, delight and glorify God!

 

Reflection Questions (For CGs and Families)
  1. What will I do to love my Christian brothers and sisters more and more, and thus please God?
  2. How can I, through my daily work, be a godly testimony to people and bring glory to God?
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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Exodus 19:10-18
Thu, 19 May 2022

Meeting the Lord at Present

Observation:

What significant observations can you make about believers meeting the Lord in these two passages?

Deeper Reflection
AT “THE COMING OF THE LORD”, BOTH THE RESURRECTED and raptured believers will “meet the Lord in the air” (vv.16-17). It is our face-to-face meeting with the Lord. But we can meet the Lord at present while waiting for that future ultimate meeting.God came down on Mount Sinai so that His people may “meet God” (Exo 19:17). This God is an awesome holy God (Exo 19:16, 18). So God commanded Moses to “set bounds all around” for Israel to meet Him (Exo 19:12). There is now no more this setting of bounds, for we can meet God freely, quickly and easily. But be careful of the danger of familiarity breeds contempt. Who God is has never changed – He is still “a consuming fire” (Heb 12:29). What has changed – radically – is our access to God. Now, “we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus” (Heb 10:19). But still, “Guard your steps as you go to the house of God” (Ecc 5:1).God commanded Israel to “be ready” to meet Him (Exo 19:11, 15). “Be ready” is an act of the heart. Be ready with a cleansed heart: “let them wash their garments” (Exo 19:10, 14). Be ready with a consecrated heart: “consecrate them” (Exo 19: 10, 14). God required Israel to take three days to be ready (Exo 19:10, 11, 15). Our heart and who God is require the “three days”.The Coming Lord knocks on the door of our hearts that we may open it and let Him come in to eat with us and we with Him (Rev 3:20).
Application:

What changes do I need to make in my life regarding meeting the Lord?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
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  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for Outreach/Missions/New Life leaders: To have the hunger for meeting the Lord
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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