Putting God's Word into Practice…

2 Thessalonians 3 ~ BUT the Lord is Faithful!

on January 20, 2013

2 Thessalonians 3:3,5 “But the Lord is faithful.  He will establish you and guard you against the evil one…May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”

In His faithfulness, the Lord grounds us, guards us, and guides us.  

Grounds Us.  Evil is all around us.  We have an Enemy that wants to flatten us and render us useless in our labor for the Lord.  When I think of being established my the Lord, I think of a stately, deeply rooted tree.  It cannot be easily knocked down.  Ephesians 6:10-11 says, “Finally brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”  When God establishes us, He makes us strong and sturdy–able to stand firm come what may.

Guards us. How does God guard us against evil?  In Psalm 91:11 it says that God sends His angels to guard us.  2 Timothy 1:14 tells us that the Holy Spirit is our guard.  God’s surpassing peace guards our hearts and minds too (Philippians 4:7).  With godly wisdom He guards our mouths and our paths according to many verses in Proverbs.  To be guarded from evil, we must be surrounded by our guards.  When we walk in obedience to God, we are right in the center of His protection, even in the midst of persecution and affliction.

Guides Us.  The Christians in Thessolonica were under persecution and suffering.  They needed reminded that God loved them.  Their suffering didn’t mean that God had abandoned them or that He was displeased with them.  He loved them in the midst of their adverse circumstances!  They also needed to remember the example of Christ’s endurance in suffering even to the point of death.  They needed to remember the eternal victory He claimed over death and draw from His power for endurance in their affliction.

Because I know God loves me and what my Savior endured, I can stand firm!  The Lord is faithful!  He is my strength.

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