September 22/2Thessalonians 2

Verse 5 > It is important to hear the word of the Lord daily. Why? Because like Paul said to the Thessalonians, “Don’t you remember what I told you? They had his first letter where he told them about the tribulation, the Day of the Lord, the resurrection of the dead etc. But apparently they had failed to study it and now they were anxious, worried and afraid. In times of ease it is easy to back away from daily time spent hearing from the Lord in His word. So in times of difficulty it is easy to forget what God has said; things like “I love you as much as I love my son Jesus. see John 17, I will never leave you, see Hebrews 13, I will supply all your needs. see Philippians 4, In this world you will suffer persecution. see John 16, We > the Father, Son and Holy Spirit will abide in you. see John 14. Without me you can do nothing. see John 15, My peace I give you. see John 16.”

Verse 15 > Paul says, “With all these things in mind now you can stand firm in life with a strong grip on the Word! So I (Pastor Dan) say we must consistently stay in the word so that the word stays in our minds where we remember what the Lord has said. We panic in life’s storms when we don’t remember what the Lord has said. A good example of this is found in Mark 4:35-41. Jesus said to his disciples, “Lets get into the boat and go to the other side of the lake.” As they crossed a storm arose and the boat took on so much water that it was about to sink. The disciples, these seasoned sailors panicked! They hollered at Jesus and asked him if he cared that they were going to drown! The reason they panicked was because they forgot what he said. He said they were going to the other side! They couldn’t trust him because they forgot what he had said. Every word of the Lord is important and we must pay attention; which means we must consistently like Mary, sit at the feet of Jesus and listen. see Luke 10. We sit at his feet and listen when we open our bible and read. Jesus is always with us as we go to the other side!

In Luke 11:32 referring to himself Jesus says that someone greater than Jonah is here. What did he mean? Well Jonah voluntarily had the sailors throw him into the raging ocean during a time of storm and instantly the storm stopped and the sea calmed. Jesus voluntarily threw himself into the only storm that can actually sink us – the storm of eternal justice where we all would die because we are all guilty of wrongdoing- when he let himself be pinned to the cross. That storm wasn’t stilled until it swept Jesus away into death.

Now if you would let that image burn into the very core of your being you will never say, “God don’t you care?” So if he didn’t abandon you in the ultimate storm he won’t abandon you in the smaller storms of this life. Now with this in mind, knowing he loves you and knowing he cares, this gives you the power to handle anything this life can throw at you with poise and composure!

2 Thessalonians 2:16–17 (NLT) — 16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, 17 comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    The man of lawlessness will work behind the scenes until God steps aside and allows those who have not embraced Jesus to suffer their fate. He does not send a delusion but allows a delusion as noted in verse 11.