Pastor Stephen Dedman

Concerning The Times

Concerning The Times

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you.
1 Thessalonians 5:1

Anticipate The Day

There is great joy and great confidence in knowing that Jesus Christ is coming very soon.  In 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul gives answers to the questions of what happens when someone dies and Jesus hasn’t come back.  But there are many questions of when is Jesus coming back for the church.  So Paul starts chapter 5 with a great statement to encourage Believers.  Just as the Thessalonians were curious about the coming of Jesus and the Rapture of the church so are many of us today.

Paul said we do not need any more information because we already have what we need to know.  He means this in a way that Christians are prepared for Jesus’ return and since no one knows the day or hour we stay alert and rejoice in the fact that Jesus is returning soon.  Acts 1:7 says, “He (Jesus) said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.”  If we knew the exact time that Jesus was going to return it would either cause panic and fear if it were near or it would cause us to lose hope if it were a long time away.  What Paul does say that we need to know is the fact that the day is coming soon.  We should expect it to happen even if it were today.

Prayer

Pray for God to help you live a holy life with complete obedience to His Word and in anticipation of looking forward to the day of the Lord.

Pray like Jabez

“Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.”
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1 Chronicles 4:10

This is an exciting verse that we have in front of us today. This verse is a prayer that was desperately prayed and God answered it. Do you realize that as a child of God your prayers are heard and answered?  God does not hear the prayers of those who do not belong to Him.

Jabez is only mentioned in verses 9 and 10 and this is all that we know about him. So let’s learn a few things from him.

First, we learn that no matter what is bothering us we can go to God for help. His name indicates that he either suffered pain or caused pain. Regardless, he needed help and turned to God. His prayer changed everything as God granted his request.

Second, we learn that our negative circumstances should never define our life.  Our hardships and trials shape us for what we can become.  We become better people when we overcome trials.  It increases our faith.

Third, we learn that we all are unique and have a special purpose in this life. We were created in the image of Almighty God and we should give Him glory for our unique attributes. God gives each of us special gifts and talents to honor Him with and to bless others.

Pray the “prayer of Jabez” and see how it changes your mindset and your outlook.

His Steadfast Love

His Steadfast Love

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭136:1

God Loves You

A solid theology results in a strong relationship with God. If we look back at all the men and women in the Bible who exhibited strong faith in God it is because they knew God in a personal and intimate relationship. God wants us to know Him and how much He loves us. As we trust and obey Him we begin to see how much He loves us.

Because God is good we can trust Him. The psalmist exclaims praise and gratefulness because of His goodness and love. When we experience His goodness it overwhelms us and we can’t help but praise His Name. God is working in your life to show you how good He is. Sometimes we don’t recognize it until after the fact. His goodness supersedes anything the world has to offer. When we do recognize His goodness we need to stop everything and praise and worship Him as our Lord.

A word to focus on in this verse is steadfast. God’s love is immovable, unchanging, and loyal. No one can love like God loves because His love is steadfast. Furthermore, His steadfast love is everlasting. We must ponder this because it will change our way of living. God does not punish those who He loves. He does discipline and chastise because He wants us to build character. He does not condemn but He does correct. It’s all because He loves us and wants us to know His great love for us. Can we ever comprehend how much love and goodness He has in store for us?  Only when we take the time to reflect and meditate on Him do we start to visualize how much. Take time today to reflect on Him.

Prayer

Lord, Your love is the best thing for me and I thank you for loving and taking care of me.