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In our study, we discuss what the Bible means whenever we read that we are to "stand fast" and what it means in this context to "hold the traditions".
Also Reference: 2 Peter 3:15-17, Colossians 2:8, Mark 7:6-13, 2 Thessalonians 3:6
In 1 Thessalonians 3:3, Paul warns against being moved by afflictions. The Apostle was concerned that the enemy might use the relentless persecution and trouble to shake the confidence of the saints and tempt them and draw them away. Paul reminds them that such affliction is to be expected. God uses affliction to work in us a far more exceeding weight of glory. Affliction is normal for the Christian living in a rebellious world of sin. Having come to Christ, we are destined for it.
What did Isaiah mean when the prophet wrote: "he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows" " (Isaiah 53:4)? As Matthew records several healings performed by Jesus following His Sermon on the Mount, an answer begins to flow.
Jesus Christ takes away the sins of the children of God that they may serve Him.
What are the blessings of belonging to the Lord? Psalm 91 looks forward to the opening portion of morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these sixteen verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that belonging to the Lord means that He is our Refuge and Reward, because He is our Redemption.
When God allows us to suffer, we should strengthen our faith by reminding ourselves what is true about us and about God. (Note, the first 30 seconds is a little choppy, but the rest of the recording seems relatively clear.)
In Genesis 20, we see Abraham try to pass off his wife (and half-sister) Sarah as his mere sister, and this for a second time. But God intervenes to continue to protect the line that will produce the seed of the woman, this long-awaited son Isaac, both long-awaited by Sarah and Abraham, but also the next in line of that seed who would ultimately culminate in Jesus Christ, who would crush the head of the seed of the serpent.
But we also learn a few other things about God in His relations to mankind.
We learn that God can (and absolutely does) override the will of man. This is true even when it comes to salvation.
We also learn that God may strike a person ill to keep them from sinning further against Him.
These two massive truths are understood especially in the context of how we pray for people, and they should inform how we pray for both believers and unbelievers alike.
Becoming a Christian involves a total transformation. We see this beautifully narrated in the life of Mary Magdalene. We look at her old life, new life and two personal encounters with Christ, which transformed her life and strengthened her faith.
If you are looking for a religion that makes you happy all the time Christianity isn't your answer. In fact, no faith or philosophy can immunize you from all of the miseries of this present life. Because of sin we are born for trouble (Job 5:7)
At least the biblical faith is honest about this. Only the Bible acknowledges the extremity of the troubled human condition and promises a full cure in due time. Life is hard—the Christian life is hard. But the faithful never need to be without hope. Psalm 38 describes a perfect-storm scenario. David was apparently deathly ill, attacked by enemies, troubled by his own guilt, and being disciplined by God. His troubles are spiritual, physical, and relational. Paul's phrase summarizes David's situation: He faced "fighting without and fear within" (2 Cor. 7:5).
You and I need this divinely inspired poetry because our lives are not substantially different. Sometimes we feel like everything has gone wrong. What can we do then? Let's learn from David to tell God our trouble, and seek his help.