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GOD IS SOVEREIGN - WHAT COMFORT!

In one of today’s passages found in 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2, I was impressed by the words “rebellion” and “lawlessness”.  There will be a rebellion in these Last Days like no other rebellion in world history.  Another word for rebellion is “revolt”.  One key person called the “man of lawlessness” or the “lawless one” will lead this great rebellion and even call himself “God”. 

In our American culture today you see rebellion and going against authority in many ways.  Rebelling seems part of the human D.N.A.  Verse 7 affirms that the “secret power of lawlessness is already at work”.  But God is sovereign and we are encouraged by the words “…but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.”  I am greatly encouraged by God’s sovereignty and I hope you are too.  No matter how much wickedness may increase in these Last Days, we trust in the fact that God is in control and the Day of the Lord with its great rebellion will only come in His perfect timing. 

 I also take comfort in Psalm 46:1,  which says “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.”  Certainly this chapter in 2nd Thessalonians speaks of a time of trouble, but we have God’s promise that when trouble comes the Lord Himself will be our safe port in the storm and give us strength when we are weak. 

 

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PUT GOD'S TRUTH FIRST

 When I was in college, I took a winter break class over Jeremiah. It was a good class and it gave me a greater appreciation for Old Testament prophecy. We had to write a paper for the final, and I chose to write over Jeremiah 23 and false prophets. This verse in particular struck me as I read the same passage again this year.

Jer. 23:16-Jer. 23:17 ESV Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, ‘It shall be well with youʼ; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.ʼ”

Sadly, I believe weʼve been guilty of this, at least in some degree. Knowingly deviating from the commands shown in the word of God are likely to bring about negative consequences. Iʼve seen this happen in my own life. If I stray and watch a scene from a TV show that I shouldnʼt be watching, I shouldnʼt be surprised when I find the battle of the mind to be difficult.

Donʼt listen to people who skip over sin just to give you some good news. And, conversely, in your counsel - remember to put Godʼs truth first. Thereʼs a lot at stake.

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