Day 6

Grace Day

from the The Resurrected Life reading plan


1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

BY She Reads Truth

Text: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

Grace days are for catching up, being still, and praying Scripture back to God. Use the passage below to pray for yourself or someone else.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.
-1 Thessalonians 4:15-18, NLT

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28 thoughts on "Grace Day"

  1. Hannah says:

    My heart longs for this truth. I can’t wait! As one of my favorite pasters (Louie Giglio) likes to say, “Heaven is better!”

  2. James Gurl says:

    I love these verses!!! To know without a doubt we will physically be with God is amazing. However I always struggle with verse 16 the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Can you all tell me what that verse means to you? I think it means that their souls will come together with their flesh but not sure…….

    1. Hannah Fox says:

      I like to think of it as a coming together of souls with flesh, but also a promise that our old bodies will be made new in the light of Heaven and our Father on the final day. What a glorious promise!

  3. Tricia Oaks says:

    This is my first comment on this site although I’ve been doing the readings for several weeks. I’m 39 weeks pregnant with our son (we also have a daughter) and my dad died 3 years ago of cancer. I read this scripture this morning & wept & wept over the fact that my dad will not meet his grandson in this world.

    BUT GOD, so rich in mercy, offers hope. We will all be reunited in the resurrection power of Christ. Whatever that looks like, I trust it will be good & satisfying. So I also weep tears of joy.

    1. Casie says:

      It is a beautiful thing to know we will be reunited with our loved ones in heaven!

  4. Patti says:

    I read this morning’s scripture and just kept reading through the end of 1 Thessalonians.
    “May God himself, the God of peace sanctify me through and through. May my whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls me is faithful and HE WILL DO IT!” (changing of the pronoun is all my doing!)

    Sanctify. I looked it up in the good old Miriam Webster:
    Sanctify – verb. to set apart, declare holy, legitimize, free from sin, purify.
    synonmyns: bless, APPROVE, support

    affectionately desired! WOW. Jesus desires a relationship with me! of all people…… ME!

    As a neglected child who often feels like an invisible adult, all I can say is “Thank you, Jesus. Thank you.”

    1. Becky says:

      Thanks for this, Patti. I struggle with a lot of approval and control issues, and it’s always so refreshing to come back to scriptures like this that remind me that God loves me, has chosen me, and is still working in me to do what He says He will do.

    2. Ashley says:

      Thank you so much, I NEEDED this very thing this morning! I, too, struggle with the “invisible adult” syndrome ( this week especially), but I must remember that my discouragement is not of the Lord, but from the very one that seeks to steal, kill and destroy.

  5. Samantha says:

    It’s always amazing when you can put yourself into scripture & realize it really does involve you, not just others. We are a part of Jesus’s purpose. ❤️

  6. April L. says:

    I have been ready to go to heaven since I was 10 years old! This ole world keeps getting worse, and I’m like, ready to go God! Never been scared of dying, I have nothing keeping me here, that isn’t more important than worshipping my Savior. When I tell people that, they look at me like I’m strange. When death has been at your doorstep at the age of 10 and 11, you realize how very fragile life is, and you live/love like it’s your last day. Some days, I could do better, but I feel like God has given me the opportunity to accomplish what I needed to do, if I were taken at any moment. I have too much family in heaven now at close to 38 years old, I’m ready to go home. This place isn’t my home, my home is heaven.

    1. Jackie says:

      I hear this sentiment a lot among Christians and I am always so very confused…are we not supposed to be here on earth for a reason? Why live you life day by day wishing you were in heaven? I know I will eventually be with God there someday but until that time I try to be the best steward of my time and his direction for that time here on earth…

    2. Nana says:

      Philippians 1
      21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again. May these verses give you courage to press on until our Lord calls you home.

  7. churchmouse says:

    Thankful for the Word and its encouragement. Thankful for a community of believers to share that same encouragement. Grace upon grace. Blessing upon blessing.

  8. TGBTG says:

    17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we willbe with the Lord forever.

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