But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ …. Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! …. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:3-5, 16, 18
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Sometimes in our Christian lives we feel stymied. It just seems like we are not really getting anywhere with living a godly, Christ centered life. We have failed miserably and like humpty-dumpty, we are not sure we can be put back together again. Be assured that God never gives up on us and the great expectations he has for us. Today’s Scripture says, “the Lord is faithful” and we can count on this being true no matter how unfaithful we have been toward him. It really does mean that he never gives up on us and is ready to help us go forward if we are willing to receive his help.
When we are stuck and find it hard to turn to the Lord, remember he is waiting for us to do exactly that: turn to the him. So, turn and come to him with all your stuff: your sin, your failure, your hurt, you pain, your anger, your frustration, your sorrow, etc. When you come to him with an open heart, he is ready to forgive, heal, and restore. God is the expert who can best help you “get over” your stuff so that you can go forward once again. It is God in his faithfulness that does the wonderful work of bringing us to the point where get “get over” our stuff and it is God in his faithfulness that takes us forward in the journey of living faithfully for him.
Our passage gives us the key to our being able to go forward and keep going forward when it says, “He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” Elsewhere in Scripture it says, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” God’s protection is full and complete and the strength that we need to go forward victoriously is abundant and sure. The Apostle Paul wanted the Thessalonian believers to be deeply assured and encouraged concerning the reality that God strengthens and protects his people when he said, “We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command.”
How does God strengthen and protect his people? The answer in found in the next words of our passage, “May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.” Remember, when we turn our hearts to the Lord, he is there waiting for us. There in God’s presence he does the work of forgiveness, healing, and restoration so that we leave our stuff behind and begin the journey forward with him. As we go forward abiding in God’s presence, He directs our hearts into his love and into the steadfastness of Christ.” The enemy cannot go up against the love of God and the steadfastness of Christ. If our hearts have been directed into God’s love and into the steadfastness of Christ, we are safely inside and cannot not be touched. Strengthened and protected in this way, we have will have confidence in the Lord so that we will do and will continue to do all that we should as true followers of Christ.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen!
Posted on Sat, July 2, 2016
by Alan Porter