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Three Stumbling Blocks

The early Christ followers faced persecution, even death, because of their faith; could you face that test?

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Strength and Protection – Part 2

Scripture Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

Key Verse: 2 Thessalonians 3:3

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

Continuing from yesterday’s devotional thoughts, our third truth is: “God will strengthen and protect His children.” This is a benefit built into the relationship. We really would not need to ask for it; our Father in Heaven knows our need and has decided to meet it even before we ask. It is normal for us to include in our prayers a request for God’s strength and protection, but it’s ours. It is a done deal!

After declaring the above facts, I do want to remind you that our definition of strength and protection may not match God’s at times. The early Christ followers faced persecution, even death, because of their faith. Most would question God’s protection at that point. Our Heavenly Father wants us to enjoy Him for eternity, not just exist in this life. Thus, transitioning into our eternal rewards and experiencing the glory that God is preparing for us is, indeed, God’s ultimate strength and eternal protection! 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 says this clearly: May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (Emphasis mine.)

This is our hope and creates our peace. God, our loving Father, giving all the strength and protection we will ever need, both now and into eternity! God’s power so far exceeds our understanding of power that we simply must experience it and enjoy it, rather than understand it!

Father, today I will walk with your favor upon my life! Your powerful strength and protection is mine. All things will work out for my good. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.