1 Thessalonians 5

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in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

– 1 Thessalonians 5:18

In another place Paul writes, “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). Is it really possible to give thanks always for all things? Can we truly give thanks “in everything?”

This last Sunday I was teaching at my home church through 2 Timothy, and while I was teaching something stuck out to me that wasn’t in my notes. Paul in the opening of 2 Timothy writes “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day.” Those three words — “I think God” — jumped out at me. They jumped out at me because of the context in which they were penned.

When Paul wrote “I thank God” in 2 Timothy, he was suffering, in prison, chained, and expecting immanent execution for no real crime. And yet he could write, “I thank God.” He could do that because (1) this is the will of God in Christ Jesus, and (2) because he knew in whom he had believed, and he was persuaded that He was able to keep that which he had committed to Him until the day he entered into the promise of life that he had received from Christ Jesus.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Thessalonians 4

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But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

– 1 Thessalonians 4:9

God is at work in us, by His Spirit, and His word, to teach us to love one another. We do not need another brother, or sister, or pastor to tell us to do so. We do not need a course to teach us to do so. God by His Spirit is calling us to do so. Therefore, we ought to love one another.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Thessalonians 3

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And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you,

– 1 Thessalonians 3:12

Jesus said that the world would recognize us as His followers by the love that we have one for another. Here Paul prays for the Thessalonian Christians, that God would cause them to increase and abound in love for each other, but also for those outside of the church.

This is truly what our world needs to see evidenced in and through the church. May God perfect it in us!

Read Pastor Miles latest article — “Acts As if God Exists” — at CalvaryChapel.com

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Thessalonians 2

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For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.

– 1 Thessalonians 2:13

God’s word effectively works in us who believe. As we receive the Word of God, and welcome it into our minds and hearts as His inspired truth, then it works in us effectively to produce an abundance of fruit.

Read Pastor Miles latest article — “Acts As if God Exists” — at CalvaryChapel.com

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

1 Thessalonians 1

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We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,

– 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

Paul rejoiced in prayer for the Christians in the City of Thessalonica, because they had three really important, God given characteristics: faith, hope, and love.

God desires that you and I would grow in our work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Read Pastor Miles latest article — “Acts As if God Exists” — at CalvaryChapel.com

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Colossians 4

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Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

– Colossians 4:6

This is a challenging exhortation. Let your speech always be with grace. I’m not very good at that. My speech is sometimes with grace, and often times over-seasoned with the salt of sarcasm, and sometimes snippiness.

May God empower us to be gracious in our speech, and sparing in our salt, so that we know how we ought to answer one another.

Read Pastor Miles latest article — “Acts As if God Exists” — at CalvaryChapel.com

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Colossians 3

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Before we get into the devotion today, I want to thank you for your patience last week as I sorted out some technical difficulties with our email system. I think we’re back up and running. In fact, if you’re reading this, we are! And to make up for the three days that didn’t come through last week, here’s an extra long devotion.

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Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

– Colossians 3:12

I’m grateful to see that nearly 2,000 people a day receive The Listening Plan delivered to their inbox. That’s not to mention the additional subscribers via Apple iTunes or the Google Play podcast store. What that means is that a lot of people are taking the time to take in the Scriptures daily. That’s a really good thing! But perhaps you’re looking for something more than just listening to a chapter a day. I hope that you are. If so, I want to share with you a simply, and effective method for devotional Bible study. It’s called. T.I.P.S for devotional Bible study.

T.I.P.S stands for:

  1. Truths to believe or obey.
  2. I examine myself in light of those truths and commands.
  3. Pray and Plan to obey.
  4. Step out to obey, with the Spirit’s help

That might sound like a lot, but it’s actually really simple. So lets run through it with the above verse from Colossians 3.

Step 1

What are the truths to believe? Simple! I am chosen (elect) by God, holy and beloved. God chose you. He loves you. And because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross, you’re holy.

What are the truths to obey? As a holy, beloved and chosen child of God I am to put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

Step 2

I examine myself in light of these truths and commands, with some very simple questions. Do I believe that I am chosen, holy, and beloved? Do I respond to people with mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience?

Step 3

After I’ve examined myself in light of God’s word, I need to pray. Perhaps I need to confess to the Lord that I have not believed these truths, or that I have not been kind and patient. If that’s the case, then I need to pray, asking for God’s help to enable me to be patient and kind the next time, by the Holy Spirit’s help.

Step 4

Finally I need to step out to believe and obey God’s word, by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. This is where we put God’s word into practice. We must aim at not merely being hearers of God’s word, but as James writes, we need to be doers also.

Read Pastor Miles latest article — “Acts As if God Exists” — at CalvaryChapel.com

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Colossians 2

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For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

– Colossians 2:9-10

So quickly we can fall into a pattern of thinking that says, “You’re missing something. You’ve got to find away to make up for that which is lacking, in you.” But the fact is, all that we need now, or could ever need, is found fully in Christ.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Colossians 1

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And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled

– Colossians 1:21

The work for our reconciliation is accomplished. We were far from God, because of our sin. We have been brought near again, by the finished work of Christ.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Philippians 4

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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

– Philippians 4:13

This is the other side of the statement that Jesus makes in John 15; “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.” These to truths need to be indelibly imprinted upon our hearts and minds.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Blue Letter Bible

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon