BRT – 2 Thessalonians

  1. 1.11 “With this in view, we always pray for you that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill by his power every good purpose of yours and every action stemming from your trust.” … Since I heard John Piper speak on this verse about a year ago, I have loved this verse. I wasn’t surprised that it stood out to me! Paul is praying for the believers, and praying that God’s power would accomplish every good purpose/resolution. I am a massive believer in resolutions and in 2015 and this year I’ve set out to read a book each week! I set myself targets in exercise. And I also make decisions about my approach to reading my Bible. These things are the good resolutions. And Paul is praying, and by doing so help us see that it is God’s power which enables us to fulfil this purposes. I am SO DEPENDENT on Christ and His power in my life! I am SO DEPENDENT on the prayers of His Church for my life. And yet, God sees this purposes/resolutions and action which stem from faith/trust in Him and He works to empower me! Wow! I love the Bible!
  2. 2.15-16 “Therefore, brothers, stand firm; and hold to the traditions you were taught by us, whether we spoke them or wrote them in a letter. And may our Lord Yeshua the Messiah himself and God our Father, who has loved us and by his grace given us eternal comfort and a good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen you in every good word and deed.” Sometimes, reading the Bible is like soothing balm on a headache. This is one of those times. How can I unpack it well in a way that is concise? 
    • I am loved – by God the Father and Jesus the Messiah. I am loved by a Father whose love for His children is perfect. And loved by someone Who was willing to give up everything for me and lay down His life.
    • I have received comfort – which will last forever. Lately life has been quite difficult and I have felt quite isolated. Yet here I read that God has comforted me and meets the need of my heart. Providing a hope which is an anchor for my soul (Heb 6.19)!
    • God will strengthen me – in every good word and deed! When I feel tired, or too broken to be of any use to the people around me. Too weak to bless others – God is strengthening every feeble good word, every deed. God is blessing my words and actions as He did with the bread and fish to feed thousands. What seems to be my little, God is strengthening it. He is glorified, in my weakness.
  3. 3.8-9 This was a relevant passage because one of the options I’m pursuing next year is bi-vocational. So I may be working with the Navigators and the student ministry and trying to support myself financially with another job. Because I see Paul doing it in the Bible, I am encouraged by his example. But just because it’s here doesn’t mean it’s the only option available or that’s right for me. I’m still working it out.

 

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