Scripture: II Thessalonians 3

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Request For Prayer

II Thessalonians 3:1-5 (WEB) 1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, even as also with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you both do and will do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love, and into the perseverance of Christ. 

Questions and Answers:

1. What was Paul’s prayer request (II Thessalonians 3:1-2)? Paul asked the Thessalonian brothers (believers) to pray the Word of the Lord would spread rapidly and be glorified.  And that they (Paul and company) would be delivered from unreasonable and evil men.

2. What did Paul say about the Lord (II Thessalonians 3:3)? Paul said the Lord was faithful.  Paul said the Lord would establish the Thessalonian believers and guard them from the evil one.

3. What did Paul say about the Thessalonian believers (II Thessalonians 3:4)? Paul said he had confidence in the Lord concerning the Thessalonian believers. Paul believed the Thessalonian believers were doing and would continue to do what Paul commanded them to do.

4. What did Paul want the Lord to direct (II Thessalonians 3:5)? Paul wanted the Lord to direct the Thessalonians hearts into God’s love and into the perseverance of Christ. 

Warning Against Idleness

II Thessalonians 3:6-18 (WEB) Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks in rebellion, and not after the tradition which they received from us. For you know how you ought to imitate us. For we didn’t behave ourselves rebelliously among you, neither did we eat bread from anyone’s hand without paying for it, but in labor and travail worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you, not because we don’t have the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, that you should imitate us. 10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: “If anyone is not willing to work, don’t let him eat.” 11 For we hear of some who walk among you in rebellion, who don’t work at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are that way, we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that they work with quietness and eat their own bread.  13 But you, brothers, don’t be weary in doing what is right. 14 If any man doesn’t obey our word in this letter, note that man, that you have no company with him, to the end that he may be ashamed. 15 Don’t count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.  16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.  17 The greeting of me, Paul, with my own hand, which is the sign in every letter: this is how I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Questions and Answers:

1. What were the Thessalonian believers commanded to do (II Thessalonians 3:6)? They were told to withdraw themselves from every brother who walked in rebellion and wasn’t walking after the tradition which they received from Paul.

2. What did Paul say the Thessalonians knew to do (II Thessalonians 3:7-9)? They knew to imitate Paul and those with him. 

3. What was Paul’s instruction on work and eating (II Thessalonians 3:10)? If anyone was not willing to work, they were not allowed to eat.

4. Instead of working, what were some doing (II Thessalonians 3:11)? Some were not working but being busybodies.

5. What did Paul say they should be doing (II Thessalonians 3:12)? Such people should settle down and earn the bread they ate.

6. What did Paul tell the Thessalonians to never get weary doing (II Thessalonians 3:13)? Paul told the Thessalonians to never get weary (never grow tired) of doing what was right.

7. How did Paul say to treat someone who didn’t obey the words in his letter (II Thessalonians 3:14-15)? Paul said if any man didn’t obey the words in his letter the others should not associate with him in order that he might feel ashamed. But not to count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

HEAR the WORD

I Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.

I Thessalonians 3:16-18 16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.  17 The greeting of me, Paul, with my own hand, which is the sign in every letter: this is how I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: Beneath the surface of the routine of daily life, a fierce struggle among invisible spiritual powers is being waged.  Our main defense is prayer that God will protect us from the evil one and that God will strengthen us.

MEMORIZE the WORD

II Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way.  The Lord be with all of you.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Christ’s return is more than a doctrine; it is a promise.   Knowing Christ will return should have a vital impact on how we live our life.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

And knowing Christ will return should direct how we impact others.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will share Your message (II Thessalonians 3:1).  Lord, I pray we will be delivered from the evil one (II Thessalonians 3:2).  Lord, I know You are faithful and I ask that You would strengthen and protect us from the evil one (II Thessalonians 3:3).  Lord, I pray we will do all You command us to do (II Thessalonians 3:4).  Lord, I ask You to direct our hearts into Your love and Christ’s perseverance (II Thessalonians 3:5).  Lord, I pray we will stay away from those who are not living according to Your Word (II Thessalonians 3:6).  Lord, I pray our lives will be lived according to Your will (II Thessalonians 3:13). Lord, I pray You will give us peace at all times and in every way (II Thessalonians 3:16).  Lord, I pray Your grace will be with all of us (II Thessalonians 3:18).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I never bring shame to God.” <>< Dona