“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.” 2 Thess. 3:13 NKJV
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.
If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen
Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Today’s reading is the Book of Second Thessalonians chapter 3 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV).
Pray for Us
3 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, 2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.
5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
Warning Against Idleness
6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which [a]he received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; 8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread [b]free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, 9 not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.
10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and [c]exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.
13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. 14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this [d]epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but [e]admonish him as a brother.
16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.
17 The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every [f]epistle; so I write.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:6 NU, M they
- 2 Thessalonians 3:8 Lit. for nothing
- 2 Thessalonians 3:12 encourage
- 2 Thessalonians 3:14 letter
- 2 Thessalonians 3:15 warn
- 2 Thessalonians 3:17 letter
MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:
Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
Today we conclude the study of First and Second Thessalonians. We never learn if they learned to view life and death with a kingdom mindset – we never earn if the slackers ever get to work. We know from history their persecution slowly became worse and worse. And we know the first century church suffered greatly, but they were successful in their kingdom work. Their job was to establish a foundation so the 2000 years later you and I can read about them and learn how to be better at serving Jesus and fulfilling God’s plan for our life.
You and I can sometimes get cause up in our own struggles – but that is a distraction. We must learn to be kingdom minded, because the kingdom of God is at hand!! Our obedience might be saving people generations from now – or we may go to heaven today!
There was a fatal car crash in my town this week. It was a head on crash (still under investigation). The whole town is talking about it. It is not that fatal crashes do not happen here, many do. It is the harsh reminder that we can die in an instant. It’s a reminder of how frail we are. Yet, if not by death we can be taken up by rapture. Tomorrow is not promised. It’s a difficult but honest truth and I must impress it upon you in all love – love for your souls! Choose to serve God, as quick as possible, and choose to do his will, because this might be yours or my last breath.
Meanwhile, my town is missing the point of their own soulful stirrings – distracted by the antics of the devil played out through Hollywood and “stars” behaving badly at a show that worships them instead of God, while they thank a lower case god and flash demonic symbols simultaneously. (Yes, I am referring to the slap heard around the world followed by a speech on ‘love’.) That is the wrong kingdom, the beast kingdom, one of this earth and sin and is actually a lie – because it is not a kingdom, but a vehicle driving everyone into hell with the demons who comprise it.
Paul points out the utter most important tool we MUST use to help our brothers and sisters from getting on board the wrong kingdom and to get them focused on The Kingdom of God! And it is prayer – pray for one another! Pray:
“that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.” Verse 2
Pray. Because with prayer we are protected IF we do the things we are taught by the Bible. You ask me where I found that big old “IF”? It is right there in the context surrounding the promise of verse 3. Verse 2 says pray, verse 3 is the promise of that prayer and verse 4 is the part we are responsible to do. If the before and after are done, then we receive the promise.
“But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.” Verses 3-4
I pray verse 5 over you and me: “Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.”
In this world of fake love – let us have real love. Let us love ourselves the right way and not in vanity and let us love God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit – truly fall in love with our Creator. Then let us love one another, so much so that we would and might have to die for another.
This love section and prayers are important. I came from a legalistic church that thought it was love to toss out people who disagreed with them and extracted verses like this next one from the context to justify their actions. Where was the love? And they wondered why the church split repeatedly. But we all know that I have a very different perspective of ‘tough love’ because the version (that carried a rebellious, judgmental and controlling spirit) from the 80’s is NOT godly love. Broken unloving people cannot exercise a godly tough love! It is just impossible and you end up with a form of witchcraft manipulating and expelling people. Stop it!
Verse 6 says to withdraw from disorderly brethern, biblically and in love. And Paul continues saying how he showed (and lived) as an example. So we should be humble enough to work and show an example of Christ.
There is an old saying that I never quote correctly, but it goes something like this: Keep your mouth shut and nose to the grindstone and let your work speak for its self.
I supposes we can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. You get the point. It goes back to being Kingdom minded and looking out for their souls.
As we discussed on the 25th in chapter 4 of First Thessalonian – the Roman culture and the Christian culture were at odds. Sinful nature of humanity at odd with the spiritual. It is the core of our sin problem. We are bent to sin.
Roman culture was that a sign of wealth and success was to lay around paying or enslaving people to serve you. Lazy was glorified. Then they spent their day meddling in other people’s lives and stirring the pot / being disorderly , because they were bored from lack of work.
Here is the lie of lazy: work is NOT part of the curse of sin. yet, man acts like it is a curse. Work is what we were made to do. We were made to work in Eden – First man was created to steward (aka work) God’s garden and then woman was made to help him. We are made to work.
So this Roman, and humanistic view of not working, is contrary to our core created purpose. We have other purposes, yes, but we were made to work AS A WORSHIP of God, in loving stewardship. The corruption of this concept IS the very root of the curse of sin.
I work. I make leather earrings and accessories, which take a long time to make and I work hard. I also spend hours studying then teaching the word of God. Then people look at me an accuse me of not working and avoiding going to work – because our views of work have become even more corrupted than the Romans. I am doing as God told me. If I am not blessed that is on God, if I am not successful, that is on God – yet my every need has been met and I have asked NOTHING of any of them. Their complaint is not my problem, it is their lack of faith in being obedient to God.
I put it out there boldly, because it is His testimony at sake. I am created to worship him in my work and therefore bring him Glory – So Lord, be glorified! And let us break the bondage of the modern world’s concept of work, as Paul fought against the Roman ones!!!
“For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” Verse 10
By the way, as proof that I work, I am fed. I am a little overweigh and it is obvious I am fed. When I was sick for those 2 months I lost a lot of weight and God gave it all back in the last couple weeks of being sick – so I didn’t return to church and the world looking like my God didn’t provide. He did provide and I live! I did not die!
When I was a child I was taught that the Thessalonians were not working because they thought the rapture would happen so quickly they did not need to work. So, in case you were taught that – here is what the chapters really say – yesterday said they were upset because they thought they missed the rapture – if they missed it, why are they not working in anticipation of it coming? If that is not enough to convince you that the lack of work was NOT because they anticipated Christ then let us look at verse 11 in context of Roman culture:
“For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies.” Verse 11
Being disorderly, not working, and being busybodies are all part of Roman culture as signs of being wealthy. Roman society was a class system. You could succeed up and out of your class – or become bankrupt and fall from your class – but classes were not to intermingle and always displayed their cultural signs of their class. So what Paul s saying is there are people in this church acting like a social class that puts others down and doesn’t see the equality of Christ – that all men are created equal in the eyes of the Lord.
If left unchecked, this “better than you” spirit would corrupt the church just as it does in modern churches. In this case, they needed to apply the humility of work to the problem.
The church rocked the Roman world by slaves and free men, wealthy and laborers / tradesmen all sat together to eat and they had church services around the table. Like Jesus rocked the Jewish world by associating with sinners, prostitutes and tax collectors.
This charge to those not working was a charge to come out from the Roman world and be separated, culturally. No more laying at the bath house gossiping, while making one person fan you and another to feed you grapes. Break the social norms, and go work for the kingdom.
If you, as you read this, think – that is not me. Yes, it was not ALL the Thessalonians either, so many hearing it might think, I must work more and more and I am already tired. And you and I live in a social norm of ‘glorifying being busy’ and ‘overworking’ – wearing a ridiculous number of hours of work as a badge of honor. It’s the same coin – same problem just the other side of it.
And Paul says to them:
“But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.” Verse 13
Join us, starting tomorrow, as we begin our weekday study of the Gospel of Mark. We are beginning each quarter of this year with the Gospel story. I am very excited to be able to study the actions of Jesus’s ministry leading up to our Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday – and the week of Passover in our life will correspond with the wee of Passover in Jesus’s life in our study! Please like and follow as I am sure it will be a powerful and life changing study!
1st Mark 1, 4th Mark 2, 5th Mark 3, 6th Mark 4, 7th Mark 5, 8th Mark 6, 11th Mark 7, 12th Mark 8, 13th Mark 9, 14th Mark 10, 15th Mark 11, 18th Mark 12, 19th Mark 13, 20th Mark 14, 21st Mark 15, and 22nd Mark 16.
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May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!