Daily Bible Reading “Give Thanks for the HOPE We Have in Christ” (2 Thessalonians 2)

Give Thanks for the Hope we Have in Christ

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17. In the first chapter of the letter Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica he addresses the tribulations that they have been going through. In this chapter he talks to them about the hope we have in Christ.
Even in that time the people thought the Lord was coming back or had already came and they missed it. Paul tells them of some of the signs of the times and things that will take place before the Lord comes back to gather His children.
Paul talks about the wrath that will come upon the people who refuse to accept Christ. It breaks my heart to think that anybody would have to go through this. It’s my desire that all would come to Christ, but I know there are some who won’t accept Him.
If you are reading this and have never accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, I urge you to pray and ask Him to come into your heart and forgive you of your sins, that you might escape the wrath to come and live eternally with Him in heaven.Paul gives thanks to God for the people and talks to them about the hope we have in Christ. Do you know of that hope?

 

Daily Bible Reading:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

Things to think about:

  • How do you know if you’ve found the hope of the Lord?
  • In what ways does the Lord comfort your heart?
  • Do you look forward to the coming of Christ?

 

Prayer of the day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the hope we have in You. We pray for those who haven’t yet accepted Your salvation, that they might accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives. We give thanks to You for Your love for us and the comfort we have in You. We love You, LORD. Amen.

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God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

– 2 Thessalonians 2:13

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Daily Bible Reading “Hope” (Proverbs 13:1-12)

Hope

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 13:1-12. We are reminded in this Scripture that a wise son hears his father’s instruction: but a mocker doesn’t listen to reproof. What is the real difference between a wise person and a wicked person?

By the fruit of their mouth a person will eat well: but the soul of the faithless desire violence.

Those who guard their mouth keep their life: but those who open their lips wide will be destroyed.

The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent becomes prosperous.

A righteous person hates lying: but a wicked person stinks and comes to shame.

Righteousness keeps those of integrity: but wickedness ruins the sinner.

There are those who pretend that they are rich, but have nothing: and there are those who act poor, but they are wealthy.

A wealthy person may be able to ransom his life: but the poor doesn’t hear rebuke.

The light of the righteous rejoices: but the lamp of the wicked burns out.

Only by pride comes strife: but those who are well advised find wisdom.

Wealth gotten by vanity will be diminished: but those who gather by labor will increase.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

The last verse in this Scripture is my favorite one from this passage. Have you ever hoped for something, but never received it? This passage reminds us that hope deferred makes the heart sick. But, when we are able to get the desires of our heart it springs up with life inside of us.

We may not have much hope in this world and the things of this world, but we can find true hope through our faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 13:1-12

1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
8 The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

 

Things to think about:

  • What are some of the characteristics of a righteous person mentioned in this Scripture?
  • What are some of the characteristics of a wicked person mentioned in this Scripture?
  • What is the real difference between a righteous person and a wicked person?
  • Where can we find hope?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs we see that there are many differences between those who are righteous and those who are wicked. Help us to choose to walk on the right path of life. Help us to make wise decisions and find our hope in You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Be Hopeful” (Jeremiah 17:7)

Be Hopeful

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Jeremiah 17:7 and many more.

“Blessed is the man (person) that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is” (Jeremiah 17:7).

What does the word “hope” mean? When I think of the word hope I think of wishing for something, trusting in something, putting my confidence in something, anticipating something, or having faith in something.

We can put our hope in many things. Some people put their hope in their job, business, or money. Some may put their hope in their friends or family. The problem with putting our hope in earthly things is they are all bound to let us down at some point in time. The only hope that is eternal is our hope in God and the Lord, Jesus Christ.

There are so many Bible verses in the Bible with the word “hope” in them I had a hard time choosing and eliminating them. I hope that these verses will encourage you and increase your hope in God and the Lord, Jesus Christ. Many of the verses are from the book of Psalms. King David, who wrote a lot of the Psalms, talks a lot about his hope in the LORD.

I also found a lot of the verses about hope to be in the letters from the Apostle Paul who encouraged the people to put their hope in the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Psalm 16:9 – Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

Psalm 22:9 – But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.

Psalm 31:24 – Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Psalm 33:18-22 – Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

Psalm 38:15 – For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.

Psalm 39:7 – And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

Psalm 42:11 – Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 71:5 – For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.

Psalm 71:14 – But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.

Psalm 78:7 – That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

Psalm 119:49 – ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

Psalm 119:81 – CAPH. My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.

Psalm 119:114 – Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

Psalm 119:116 – Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

Psalm 130:5 – I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

Psalm 130:7 – Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

Psalm 147:11 – The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Proverbs 10:28 – The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

Proverbs 13:12 – Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Lamentations 3:24-26 – The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

Romans 5:1-2 – Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 8:24 – For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

First Corinthians 13:13 – And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Galatians 5:5 – For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Ephesians 4:4-6 – There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

First Thessalonians 4:13-14 – But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

First Thessalonians 5:8-10 – But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

Titus 2:13-14 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Titus 3:7 – That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Hebrews 3:6 – But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Hebrews 6:11 – And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

Hebrews 6:18-20 – That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 7:19 – For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

First Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1Pe 1:13 – Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

1Pe 1:21 – Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

First Peter 3:15-16 – But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

First John 3:2-3 – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

 

Things to think about:

  • What are some reasons we can have hope in God and Jesus Christ?
  • Which of these verses about “hope” are your favorites?
  • Do you think with this many verses about “hope” you can find some words of encouragement?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for all these Scriptures that remind us of the hope that we can have in You and in Jesus Christ. Help us not to put our hope in earthly things, but to base our hope for today and for the future on You and Your Word. Remind us of these Scriptures when we lose hope and strengthen us in our faith through Your Word. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

Bible Verse for Journaling and Memorization:

Blessed is the man (person) that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

– Jeremiah 17:7

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