• History and the Christian Faith Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 1-3

    All three of these types of problems still exist in the church today. Determine to stand strong in the face of persecution. Beware of false teachers—be discerning whom you follow. Resist the temptation to be idle. Pray that when the kingdom comes you will be found faithfully working the field God has given you. View Resource

  • Paul Asks for Prayer Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 3:1-2

    Do you pray regularly for the success of the gospel among the unbelievers you know? It is easy for us to forget to pray for the gospel’s advance, but the Lord uses our prayers to make the gospel effective in His elect. Let us pray on a regular basis for the gospel’s success among unbelievers, and let us start doing so today. View Resource

  • The Faithfulness of the Lord Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 3:3-5

    One of the most precious truths about the Lord is that even if others are unfaithful, He is always faithful to us. We never need to doubt that He is working out His good purposes for us, and we must cling to this truth especially when we cannot understand what He is doing. In fact, we do not need to understand what He is doing; we need only to know that He is always perfectly faithful. View Resource

  • A Warning against Idleness Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 3:6-9

    Many people want to work but are unable to do so because of illness, disability, or other things outside their control. Others are unable to work because they cannot find employment even though they are trying. Still others are able-bodied but refuse to support themselves even when they can find a job. The last group is not living according to Christ’s command. Let us take care not to be numbered among them. View Resource

  • Working and Eating Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 3:10

    Christians are to be kind and compassionate, helping those who are truly in need. At the same time, the church is no place of charity for the idle. We must seek to wisely assist those who cannot support themselves, especially fellow church members, but we cannot be enablers of those who can work but do not want to do so. As we give of our time and money to help others, let us seek to do so wisely, helping only those who are truly in need. View Resource

  • The Mandate to Work Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

    God’s command to love our neighbors is not an abstract principle or a call to mere sentiment. Instead, we are to love our neighbors concretely, and that love is to be shown even when we are at work in our vocations. We should be asking ourselves if others would see us as diligent workers. If not, it may mean that we are not loving our neighbors as we ought. View Resource

  • The Sins of Idle People Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 3:11-12

    We do not have to become respected preachers, notable heads of state, or scientists who make history-changing discoveries in order to live noble lives that honor God. Instead, we need only to engage in lawful work no matter what vocation we have been given. A quiet life of dignified labor is honoring to God, and He will not overlook it. View Resource

  • Never Give Up Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 3:13

    Are you growing weary of doing the right thing, of laboring diligently without receiving a reward? If so, you should know that this experience is common. At such times, we need to remember Paul’s words in 2 Thessalonians 3:13 that we should never give up. God does see our faithfulness and He will not forget it. Let us find encouragement in that truth today and use it to encourage others not to grow weary in doing good. View Resource

  • Warning the Disobedient Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 3:14-15

    Excommunication is not the loveless shunning that we see in many cults when former cult members leave their false religion. We are to make the impenitent sinner aware that his life invalidates his profession of faith, but we are to do so in a manner that encourages him to turn from his sin. We should treat him as we would treat an unbeliever, with love and exhortations to trust in Christ. View Resource

  • The Blessing of Peace Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 3:16

    People look to achieve peace in many different ways. Some people merely avoid conflict, hoping that it will go away. Others pursue peace in the accumulation of possessions or in the teachings of false religions. None of these things can give us peace with our Creator, so peace continues to elude those who look for it anywhere except in Christ. If we know Christ, we are at peace with God, and He will sustain this peace forever. View Resource

  • Paul’s Closing Greeting Devotional

    2 Thessalonians 3:17-18

    Take some time to skim the book of 2 Thessalonians today and note a teaching or two that are particularly applicable to where you currently find yourself. Ask the Lord to help you follow the teaching and to give you the courage to stand on God’s Word. Thank Him for this Apostolic instruction and for the spiritual life that it gives. View Resource