Solomon tells us that if we tenaciously and boldly ask for wisdom, God will give it to us. And this wisdom will guard us and deliver us from evil men and the forbidden women. Furthermore, this wisdom will determine the trajectory of our future.
Broken Vessels Judges 13:1-24;Proverbs 22:6;Proverbs 29:15 Unfortunately, brokenness and pain are universal. It may have been from the pain of abandonment and isolation, the pain of chronic illness or death, or the pain we bring on ourselves through our sin and failure. But we all know what pain feels like, and it feels like being broken.Like clay jars, we are fragile. We can be easily broken—but we do not have to remain "broken vessels." We are never beyond the healing and redeeming power of God. In the face of failure, God responds with restoration.Despite our shortcomings, God will work in and through us. During our circumstances, God will help us endure.God doesn't stop there! He seeks to use us to speak into the lives of other "broken vessels." Manoah and his wife were going to have a child through miraculous divine intervention.We are broken vessels, but this great treasure—the good news of Jesus Christ—shines through our brokenness.Parenting is more than a formula.Parents who depend upon formulas to save their kids, need to follow Gods advice on raising kids.Parents are responsible to raise their childrenproperly.God blesses faithful parents.While parents have an influence on how their children will turn out, they do not have control.Children are responsible for the choices they make.Children grow to make their own life decisions.Sinful kids and sinful parents need grace.The Lord works in mysterious ways.We are all dependent upon Gods grace.
Many evangelicals believe "church" is about 'drawing in the lost,' and this philosophy guides their ministry and explains their fruit. Is this Biblical? What is a Biblical philosophy of ministry and how can we maintain one in today's culture?
The Prophet here gives hope, inspiration and a proclamation about the success God's Word brings, carries to its recipients, and the accomplishing of the purpose whereby it was sent, and that it never returns to Him void. We may never see or realize the effects but as He told Habakkuk "But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. "
In our study, we close out our look at 2 Thessalonians 1 with seven points in the final two verses which emphasize the realities of true spiritual growth which are a prerequisite for understanding and being prepared for the Last Days prophecies taught in chapter 2.
Also Reference: Philippians 1:3-6, Romans 15:13-14, Philippians 2:12-13, 1 Thessalonians 1:2-7, Romans 15:5-7, 2 Corinth. 9:13-15, Job 12:1-2, Job 16L1-2, Job 19:1-2
This Psalm is a prayer for the king on the eve of battle. The people of God understand that he is their representative -- and that their fate is tied to his. If the Lord rescues and prospers the king, they will be rescued and will prosper. Discover how this Psalm points to our ultimate hope that the Father would accept the sacrifice of his Son, our Messiah, and that we would be blessed in him.