Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Sat, 05 Aug – 1 Thessalonians 4-5 ~ live to please God

Reading, Reflection & Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening(Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Please Read: 1 Thessalonians 4-5 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

Live to Please God

1 Thessalonians 4:1 (NLT)Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more….

Holy God: you have called us to live holy lives as a people set apart to be light in the darkness, to reflect your glory. Cleanse our hearts and minds of all impurity –

+ that we might shun all sexual sin and lustful passion
+ that we might live honorably and faithfully within our marriages
+ that we might love and support one another,  as well as other believers around the world
+ that we might live quiet lives, minding our own business and working to support ourselves
+ that we might live honest, respectable, lives as people with good reputations within our communities

Live Hopefully

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NLT)And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.

Mighty God: you raised your Son, Jesus Christ, from the grave to glory, and promised he would return to raise his saints to glory as well. Show us how to live as people who are on their way to heaven –

+ that we might live confidently and faithfully in anticipation of his return
+ that we might encourage one another, and build each other up, in faith, love, and good works
+ that we might be alert and prepared for his return at all times – loving and forgiving one another
+ that we might live as children of the light, clearheaded and protected by faith and love, confident of our salvation

Live Respectfully

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NLT)Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.

Gracious God: May our respect and love for you be reflected in the way we treat those who serve you as our spiritual shepherds. Show us how to strengthen your Church and live peacefully with each other –

+ that we might all patiently do our part to encourage the timid and care for the weak
+ that we might reject all evil and anger, and seek only the best for one another
+ that we might live joyfully, prayerfully, and thankfully
+ that we might welcome the Holy Spirit and his manifestations among us, testing everything against Scripture

Live Confidently

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NLT)Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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“Living for Jesus” – Cedar College of Education Choir at KwaSizabantu Mission in South Africa.


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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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