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WEEK 49

November 1 – November 7

DAILY READINGS

Sunday

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Monday

1 Peter 3:1-22; Psalm 139:14-24; Proverbs 30:5-7

Tuesday

1 Peter 4:1-19; Psalm 140:1-5; Proverbs 30:8-10

Wednesday

1 Peter 5:1-14; Psalm 140:6-13; Proverbs 30:11-13

Thursday

2 Peter 1:1-21; Psalm 141:1-10; Proverbs 30:14-16

Friday

2 Peter 2:1-22; Psalm 142:1-7; Proverbs 30:17-19

Saturday

2 Peter 3:1-18; Psalm 143:1-12; Proverbs 30:20-22

DEVOTIONAL: READ 1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18

Death isn’t easy. We often feel a heaviness just at the thought of the word. However, when we believe in the truth of the gospel, that Christ defeated death on our behalf, we have something so beautiful to hold onto–hope.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Paul writes that physical, earthly death is inevitable. However, for believers he declares that death is no more because of Christ’s triumphant victory over sin on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. Those who know and believe in Christ’s resurrection and forgiveness of sins will partake in this victory over death and experience everlasting life with Jesus.

If we truly know and trust the everlasting hope of eternal life with God, we can have hope that we will meet other believers again when they “go home to be with Jesus.” That doesn’t mean we won’t miss those who have passed away, but we can have hope that they are experiencing something greater. Neither does it mean that death isn’t difficult. Death itself is a result of sin entering the world.

Christ’s victory over death means that we have an everlasting hope that cannot be taken away from us! While we live, we can know Him and devote our lives to His kingdom. When we die, we are able to go be with Him. While He has given us new life even now, we will be made complete when we are with Him. There will be no more pain, shame, anxiety, worry, anger, lust, envy, or any other sin. What a joyful and beautiful truth we can cling to!

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REFLECTION

If you were to die today, what would happen to you? Why? In Christ, we can have certainty if we believe in Him. If you are unsure, who can you talk to about this today?

How does having the view of death described above change the way you are able to live now?

Who can you share this message of hope with? How would you share this with them?

DISCUSSION

What is something you hope you’ll be remembered for?

PRAYER

I am certain, O God, that You are my hope! Because Jesus has died and risen from the dead, anyone who places their trust in You will never be disappointed! Thank You that You have promised eternal life beyond the grave for those who call on Your name! Thank You that Jesus will return with a loud shout! God, how I long for the day when I will be with You!

Lord, I know that my days on this earth are short and few. Help me to take full advantage of this life You have given me, not for my own gain but for You and Your kingdom. Use my life to make Yourself known in this world. Let every one of my remaining days bring You more and more glory. Let me see You and praise You when my life is full of joy. Let me see You and praise You when life is difficult and painful. Let me be motivated to live for You every day, no matter how many days I have.

Each morning, wake me with the hope found living in Your presence. You are here now; keep me faithful and believing. Amen.

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