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“At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise You, Father, LORD of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”
Matthew 11:25
Jesus mentioned two kinds of people in His prayer: the “wise” who were arrogant in their own knowledge and the “little children” who were humbly open to receive the truth of God’s Word.  We need to ask ourselves, “Are we wise in our own eyes?”  Or, “Do we seek the truth in childlike faith, realizing that only God knows all of the answers?

“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31
Hoping in the LORD is expecting that His promise of strength will help us to rise above life’s distractions and difficulties.  It also means trusting in God.  Trusting helps us to be prepared when He speaks to us.  It helps us to be patient when He asks us to wait and expect Him to fulfill the promises found in His word.
 

“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin.”
1 John 1:7
How does Jesus’s blood purify us from every sin?  In Old Testament times, believers symbolically transferred their sins to an animal, which they then sacrificed (See Leviticus 4).  The animal died in their place to pay for their sin and to allow them to continue living in God’s favor.  God graciously forgave them because of their faith in Him, and because they obeyed His commandments concerning the sacrifice.  Those sacrifices anticipated the day when Christ would completely remove sin.  Real cleansing from sin came with Jesus, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).  Sin, by it’s very nature brings death.  That is a fact as certain as the law of gravity.  Jesus did not die for His own sins; He had none.  Instead, by a transaction that we may never fully understand, He died for the sins of the world.  When we commit our lives to Christ and identify ourselves with Him, His death becomes ours.  He has paid the penalty for our sins, and His blood has purified us.  Just as Christ arose from the grave, we rise to a new fellowship with Him (Romans 6:4).

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“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.”
2 Thessalonians 2:15 NIV
Paul knew the Thessalonians would face pressure from persecution, false teachers, worldliness, and apathy to waver from the truth and to leave the faith.  So he urged them  to “stand firm” and hold  to the truth that they had been taught through his letter and in person.  We also may face persecution, false teachings, worldliness and apathy.  We should hold on to the truth of Christ’s teachings because our lives depend on it.  We should never forget the reality of Christ’s life and love!

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“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, Who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”
1 Timothy 6:17
With those that have riches comes great responsibility.  Those who have money must be generous, but they must not be arrogant just because they have a lot to give.  They must be careful not to put their hope in money instead of in the living God for their security.  Even if we do not have a lot of material wealth, we can be rich in good deeds.  We all have something to offer to the kingdom of God.
 

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