We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing. (2 Thessalonians 1:3, NIV) These are the words God spoke through the apostle Paul to a community of believers in a town called […]
Staying the Course (When You’re Tired of the Battle)
Most people can put up with trouble for a little while…but when the problems keep coming, it begins to wear you down. You’ve been in the trenches of a tough battle and there’s no end in sight. What you need is the strength to keep going, an understanding of your enemy, and a short list of priorities.
In this series, you’ll find that God’s Word provides the encouragement, wisdom, and priorities you need to stay on course, even in the toughest battles of the Christian life.
God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. (2 Thessalonians 1:6-7) When the Scripture was read, you may have thought, […]
We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:12) Everyone has battles to face. There will be times in your life when you get tired of the battle. This letter […]
“Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him…” (2 Thessalonians 1:1) Think about the battles that wear you out—dealing with a rebellious son or daughter or a difficult colleague at work, trying to do something for Christ and experiencing opposition at every turn, struggling with sin and temptation in your […]
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. (2 Thessalonians 2:8) Here is this man who has not yet come on the scene, the antichrist, in whom human evil will reach its diabolical worst. He will […]
“So then, brothers, stand firm…” (2 Thessalonians 2:15) Antichrist is coming. The whole world will be deceived. The spirit that animates him is already at work in the world. What then is the message to Christians? There is a view of the world that looks at world events like this and says, “It’s all down to […]
“Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1) You get a glimpse here of the bond of love that ties the apostle Paul to these believers. They loved this man who’d told them the good news of Jesus […]
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. (2 Thessalonians 3:5) The word “perseverance” can also be translated “patience.” If you have a King James Bible, that is what you will find there, “the love of God and the patience of Christ.” What’s On the Surface I need love and patience, […]
As for you brothers, never tire of doing what is right. (2 Thessalonians 3:13) This is what 2 Thessalonians is all about—the encouragement to persevere. It’s about staying the course when you’re tired of the battle. Never tire of doing what is right. This verse is our focus, but it comes in a passage that […]
May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.”(2 Thessalonians 3:16) We come today to the end of the letter, which is as rich as all that has gone before. It’s a prayer for God’s blessing on His people—a benediction. A benediction is simply a good word or […]