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11-06-10 HighQuest 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

November 8, 2010

The passage I read was 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
You can find that passage here:
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Thessalonians+3%3A1-5&version=NIV

My summary of the passage is this:
Paul shows confidence in the Thessalonians because of His confidence in God to work through them. He asks for prayer to spread the Gospel. He asks for prayer for deliverance from the wicked. Then he pronounces blessings that the Lord is faithful and will strengthen and protect the Thessalonians. He says, “may the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”

As I reflect:
I already find myself over analyzing this one. But taking it at it’s face value may have a better result of fruitfulness. For this reason, I will look at the example set for me by a greater man than I.
A man of God should encourage other men and women of God. He should do so not because of his faith in the human condition to do great things, but because of his faith in the Lord to do great things through people despite their human condition. A man of God should always be humble enough to ask for help and accept prayer for deliverance from evil. A man of God should take note of where other believer’s walks are and encourage them based on the good things that He sees God doing in their lives and he knows God will continue to do. A man of God should bless others in the name of Jesus. I have often said, “The Lord bless and keep you.” Here, Paul says, “The Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” That is a very specific blessing. Mine is a bit more general, but I like what outcome is implied more by Paul’s blessing of the Thessalonians. If such a blessing were granted than the receiver would surely grow into Christ like characteristics of loving unconditionally and enduring for the sake of such love. What a powerful blessing.

My response to the Lord:
Father, please teach me your ways. Reveal to me your mysteries. Open my eyes and ears to know you more Lord. Thank you for the Biblical examples you have given us to live a life of devotion to you. Please help me to incorporate these examples in my own life that I may better reflect your characteristics through me. Help me to stay humble and accept the prayers of others. Allow me to better see your work in others that I may encourage them on those paths. Remind me that I am to bless others not only in action, but also in words that by faith I believe you will fulfill. Help me daily Lord to be more like you and less like what was once me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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