Wednesday, September 3, 2008

JOURNEY THROUGH 2 THESSALONIANS

Here are some takeaways from my recent read in the Message Bible from 2 Thessalonians.

1:2--Two great things about God: He gives me everything I need and He makes me everything I am to be.

1:3-4--Paul was a good encourager.

1:5--All the troubles we go through now are designed to make us fit for the kingdom.

1:5-10--We must never forget that our existence on earth is temporary and that one day God will settle up.

1:11--What a great prayer! "God, fill my good ideas and acts of faith with your energy so that it all amounts to something."

2:3--The Message refers to the "man of Lawlessness" as the "Anarchist".

2:6-8--Today the Anarchist (same as Antichrist) works behind the scenes. One day he will be let loose fully.

2:6-8--It's comforting to know that God is always in control. The Anarchist "will be let loose"; don't forget that it is God who will be letting him loose.

2:15-17--Another great prayer to pray for others (or for yourself): "May God put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, and enliven your speech."

3:1-2--Paul had two prayer requests: that there would be a huge response to the gospel and resuce from those trying to destroy them.

3:2--Not all so-called "believers" are truly believers

3:3--Great promise--God is faithful and He will protect us from evil

3:6-9--All leaders should lead by example. Moreover, every believer has a role to play and should do it.

3:14-15---All of us would do well to follow Paul's instructions to talk to people face-to-face when there are problems. Instead, we tend to gossip or do nothing because we are afraid to confront.

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