08 November: Claiming Benefits

Most of us will want to access benefits, if we knew we were eligible or we felt we deserved them. However, how we’re to benefit others is more important…

READ 2 THESSALONIANS 3  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


Even back in the first century AD, the concept of people being idle, becoming busy-bodies [v11], and earning the bread they eat [v12], were real social issues. In today’s chapter, a Jewish teacher named Paul, introduced this rule…

“If a man does not work, he shall not eat” [v10]

…and it’s been the backbone concept behind every structured society throughout the centuries. This is because the Creator God has created His image-bearers for so much more than just existing. We have a unique purpose, in a specific plan with a divine calling.

So I can claim the benefits of knowing the Creator God, and yet not be like Him as I was designed to be. This is the same Creator who’s continually at work on a 24/7 basis for my benefit. So my job is to reach high and wide as I build with gold, silver and costly stones. [a] I want to be proud that I’ve made my Maker proud[b], when the court is seated and the books are opened[c] …when I see Him face-to-face.

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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to connect with the One who created you for a reason? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[d]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom His favour rests! [Luke 2:14]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the Government of Sudan[e]
  • Your Nation: Pray for those addicted to pornography
  • Yourself: Boldness in living for Christ
  • Your concerns for today
In my distress I called to the Lord. I called out to my God and from His dwelling place He heard my voice. My cry came to His ears. [2 Samuel 22:7]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Don’t hide Your face from me, Lord. Don’t turn Your servant away in anger. You’ve been my helper, Lord. Don’t reject me or forsake me, God my Saviour. [Psalm 27:9]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”

Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it. [Ecclesiastes 7:12]

“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”

When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[f] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Spiritual LIFE

“And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.” [Romans 8:11]

[a] 1 Corinthians 3:12-15

[b] Matthew 25:14-30

[c] Daniel 7:10

[d] Matthew 6:5-15

[e] http://www.operationworld.org/country/suda/owtext.html

[f] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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