You ought to walk and to please God. 1 Thessalonians 4:1
“I shall always remember (evangelist D. L.) Moody,” wrote one man, “for he was the means of leading me to Christ. I was in a railway train one day when (he) came in and sat in the seat beside me. We were passing through beautiful country, to which he called my attention, saying, ‘Did you ever think what a Heavenly Father we have to give us such a pleasant world?’ I made some indifferent answer; upon which he earnestly inquired, ‘Are you a Christian?’ I answered, ‘No.’ ‘Then,’ said he, ‘you ought to become one at once…. If you kneel down right here, I will pray to the Lord to make you a Christian.’”
Before the train reached the next station, this man had trusted Christ as His Savior.
We can all receive this Gospel. Jesus can set us free and wash us with His blood. If you haven’t received His offer of salvation, you should. If you aren’t a Christian, you ought to be!
We ought to remember that Christ has the power to help everyone who asks for His divine aid. D. L. Moody
1 Thessalonians 4:1 You ought to walk and to please God ..
Dec 16, 2013
The Local Church 1 Thessalonians 4:1
A Life Pleasing to God 4 Finally, then, brothers,[a] we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification:[b] that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body[c] in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
Are you confident that the Lord will hear and answer your prayers? One of the reasons we may struggle with doubts is because we don’t realize all that God has done to make it possible for us to bring our requests before Him.
Association. Our sin once separated us from God, but Christ gave His life on the cross as payment of the penalty we owed. At the moment of our salvation, we enter into an intimate association with God the Father through His Son.
Access. With our new relationship comes access to the throne of grace, where we can boldly and confidently bring our concerns to God.
Authority. In the Gospels, the Lord’s prayers always carried the power of His divine position. Now, because of our association with Him through salvation, Jesus Christ has given us the privilege of praying in His name according to His power and authority.
Agreement. But prayer offered in Jesus’ name should always be in agreement with what He would ask. In other words, our requests must align with the character of God and the content of His Word. It does no good to tack “in Jesus’ name” on a petition for something outside His will.
Assurance. When Jesus told His disciples He would answer requests offered in His name, He was saying that we can pray with assurance because of our association and agreement with Him.
When we’re uncertain whether our requests are in accordance with what Jesus would ask, we can take comfort in knowing that Christ is seated at the Father’s right hand, always interceding for us according to God’s will.
“Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.” (2 Peter 1:1-2)
All too often we skip over the introductory verses of greeting in a Bible book, but many times these verses contain rich information. Such is the case in today’s verse.
We first notice the strange paradox in Peter’s identification of himself. He is both the authoritative “apostle,” the officially commissioned ambassador of Jesus Christ, as well as His “servant,” or bondslave. Historically, we know that Peter was one of the inner circle of disciples in whom Christ placed great responsibility, but he was also the one who denied Christ at His trial. Christ had bought him with His blood as a slave would be bought, forgiven him much, and had sent him out on a lifelong mission.
The letter is written to those “that have obtained like precious faith,” i.e., the same kind of precious faith possessed by the apostles, implying equal standing and privilege before God, obtained through His righteousness.
Peter uses two descriptive names for Christ, calling Him both “God and our Savior,” referring to His dual divine/human nature and role. Peter’s prayer for us (possessors of like precious faith) is moving. He desires the sanctifying and sustaining grace of God for us, the peace of God that brings joy even in the face of adversity, and that both would be multiplied. These traits would come “through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus, our Lord” (today’s verse). Much of the rest of the book deals with false teachers and false knowledge, but Peter would have us grow into “full knowledge” (literal translation; see also vv. 3, 8) of God through the walk of grace and peace. JDM
Daniel 2:26-45, 48
Daniel, having been instructed by God as to Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, now went in unto the king.
Daniel 2:32, 33
part of clay or earthenware
Daniel 2:37, 38
The first great empire was the Babylonian or Assyrio-Chaldean—a majestic despotism.
And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, this was the Medo-Persian monarchy
Indicating the Macedonian empire of Alexander.
Thus was the Roman power predicted.
Daniel 2:42, 43
The Roman empire was a mixture of many nations, and not a uniform whole, and in due time it fell to pieces.
This fifth monarchy is no other than the divine empire of King Jesus, which shall subdue all things to itself.
So was the Lord honoured among the heathen, and a friend provided at court for the poor despised Jews.
Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17)
God’s invitation to men is broad but not unqualified. The words “whosoever will may come” throw the door open, indeed, but the church is carrying the gospel invitation far beyond its proper bounds, turning it into something more human and less divine than that found in the sacred Scriptures.
What we tend to overlook is that the word “whosoever” never stands by itself. Always its meaning is modified by the word “believe or “will” or “come.”
According to the teachings of Christ no one will or can come and believe unless there has been done within him a prevenient work of God enabling him to do so.
In the sixth chapter of John, Jesus teaches as that no one can come of himself; he must first be drawn by the Father. “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing,” Jesus said.
Before any man or woman can be saved, he or she must feel a consuming spiritual hunger. Where a hungry heart is found, we may be sure that God was there first—”Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you” (John 15:16).
“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.” Zech. 13:9
Grace transmutes us into precious metal, and then the fire and the furnace follow as a necessary consequence. Do we start at this? Would we sooner be accounted worthless, that we might enjoy repose, like the stones of the field? This would be to choose the viler part: like Esau, to take the pottage, and give up the covenant portion. No, Lord; we will gladly be cast into the furnace rather than be cast out from thy presence!
The fire only refines, it does not destroy. We are to be brought through the fire, not left in it. The Lord values His people as silver, and therefore He is at pains to purge away their dross. If we are wise, we shall rather welcome the refining process than decline it. Our prayer will be that our alloy may be taken from us rather than that we should be withdrawn from the crucible.
O Lord, thou triest us indeed! We are ready to melt under the fierceness of the flame. Still, this is thy way, and thy way is the best. Sustain us under the trial and complete the process of our purifying, and we will be thine for ever and ever.