Week 8: 2 Thess. 2:15 {Stand Firm, My Friends}

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15, NIV). 

I have this week’s memory verse posted in several places of our home. It has continued to serve me with the needed reminder to stand firm and hold fast to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Even though I finished week 8 many weeks ago, I haven’t been able to take it down.

It has provided necessary encouragement, throughout the difficult days, when giving up seems tempting.

Stand firm literally means to keep one standing. In order to stand our ground, we must remember the hope we have found in Jesus Christ. We cannot allow circumstances to cause us to waiver either to the left or right, if God has called us to a specific thing. Let’s trust Him and obey Him in that specific thing.

In order to persist, we need to remember Jesus Christ’s word – which has lovingly been given to us. While in the Bible we are taught many things about God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the life He is lovingly calling us too, this is where the Holy Spirit steps in. In many different scenarios I cannot tell you what God is calling you to do, but God definitely is able to do exceedingly more than you could ever ask Him to do.

He promises us wisdom when we ask for it, gives us the resolve to stand strong, and helps us to continue on. A message we all, including me, need to hear – because we can get weary at times. God is calling us to stand strong in our faith. It is impossible to do this, when we are not allowing ourselves the necessary time spent in His presence and reading our Bible.

Keep listening for His voice, as you persevere and seek Him above all things.

This is definitely one truth we need to hold close to our heart, as we seek to live out the truths we learn in the Thessalonians.

See Psalm 46:1; Proverbs 3:5-6; Eph. 3:20; James 1:5

Shelter of God’s Protection

Sunday School: 1/11/15
Message: The Shelter of God’s Protection
Scripture: Psalm 91:1-4, 9-11, 14-16

God is our ultimate protection!

God is: Most High            Almighty            Lord. He places His covering over us, His protective shield. When your life is falling apart, you want the One who is stronger than all others. And, that is: God our Lord, Savior, and Creator. God is the One who will: “… deliver him… protect him… answer him… be with him… rescue him… satisfy him with a long life  and show him My salvation.

Angels are incredibly detailed and gifted, yet God used them to protect someone like me – that is absolutely incredible! His angels’ job is to protect God’s believers. Do we realize the value of God’s love and protection for us? Do we seek His satisfaction – says a lot about where we turn? He will protect us in all our ways!

Focus on God’s protection, love, and His faithfulness – no matter what may face. Scripture says: “Because he is lovingly devoted to Me, I will deliver him. I will protect him because he knows My name (Ps. 91:14).” Are we seeking to be more intentional about being lovingly devoted to God, as a reflection of God’s love for us? How is our quiet time? How are we seeking Him in our daily lives?

God’s protection doesn’t mean eliminating our trials, struggles, or circumstances. It means He will enable us to endure, for His glory! (John 14.27)