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SPIRIT AND LIFE DEVOTIONALS

Day Five

Meditation: Enduring all things

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2: 8- 14
A fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith is that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and that there is a future resurrection of the dead to eternity with God or eternity in the lake of fire. Study 1 Corinthians 15. ; 1 Thessalonians 4 and Revelations 20 below.

1 Corinthians 15:12-20 KJV

[12] Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? [13] But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: [14] And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. [15] Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. [16] For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: [17] And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. [18] Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. [19] If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. [20] But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 KJV
[13] 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. [14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. [15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. [16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: [17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Revelation 20:11-15 KJV
[11] And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. [12] And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. [13] And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. [14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. [15] And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

The above scriptures state the fundamental position of Christian doctrine – Jesus died and rose from the dead and when we die we will someday rise from the dead to be with God or be cast into the lake of fire. In verse Eleven the scripture says if we died with him, we shall live with him. To be dead with him means to die to sin and revive Jesus as your Lord and personal savior. It means to accept the death of Christ as sufficient for your salvation, that when he died on the cross you also died and the power of sin over you broken. And scriptures says if we be dead with him, we shall live with him, we shall be resurrected to live with him forever and ever.

This was the teaching of Paul but it caused him a lot of sufferings in the hands of the heathen authorities at that time who threw him into prisons. He suffered for the gospel joyfully and endured all his sufferings without giving up the preaching of the gospel and message of salvation.

2 Timothy 2:10 KJV
[10] Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Paul lived a continuous life of enduring suffering so that people would hear the gospel and be saved. This is what God has called each one of us into; to suffer with Christ and to endure whatever suffering or shame or trouble that may come as we preach and or stand for the gospel in order that people be saved.

Paul also showed us in the remaining verses from verse twelve and thirteen that there are benefits and consequences for standing with Jesus Christ and enduring suffering for the cause of the gospel or otherwise. The choice is yours: if you suffer, you shall reign with him; if you deny him, he also will deny you; if you don’t believe him; he is faithful and cannot deny himself.

Prayers
1. Pray that at the resurrection of the dead, you will be resurrected into eternity with God and not into the lake of fire.
2. Ask God for grace to live a life that pleases God consistently so that you will not end up in the lake of fire.
3. Ask God to give you the willingness and grace to suffer for the cause of the gospel so that people will know Jesus and be saved.
4. Pray that you will never deny Jesus but will abide faithful to the end.

Faith confession
1. I declare that I will endure all things for the sake of the gospel so that others will obtain salvation in Christ Jesus.
2. I declare that when Jesus died, I died and when he rose from the dead I came alive as a new born of God and I know that as I suffer with him, I shall reign with him.
3. I declare that I will not deny Him and He will not deny me and on the last day, I shall be resurrected into eternity with God, therefore I shall live with him.

Memory verse
2 Timothy 2:10 KJV
[10] Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

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