Begin your time with God in prayer:
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart:
Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Why do some people grieve at the death of loved ones (13)?
What hope do we have as believers (vs.16-17)?
What are we to do with this good news (vs.18)?
And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Apply God’s Word to your life:
· Look forward and prepare for Christ’s return.
· If Jesus were coming today, how would you want to be living?
· Tell others about Jesus so they can go to heaven also.
· Encourage other believers with these words of hope.
Father, thank you for the hope we have of one day being with You in heaven and joined with our loved ones who knew You. Help me to encourage those I encounter today with the hope of heaven. Help me see those who do not know You in light of eternity. Give me the courage to reach out to them with the good news of Jesus. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also." John 14:3
"Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality." I Corinthians 15:51-53
"But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city." Hebrews 11:16
Posted on Wed, January 13, 2016
by Sam Petitfils