2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
3 Finally, brothers,[sisters] pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
This is exactly why I started reading the Bible, every day, at age sixteen. I was asked if God wrote you a letter and sent it to you every day, for your guidance, wouldn't you read it???
Well, maybe not. Yet what if you were told... Jesus Himself wants you to have love, comfort, good hope and forgiveness. Complete comfort for your heart while establishing your work and word while He is equipping you with the Gospel of Salvation which is the Shield of Faith.
Then you might say - what - where - that's amazing. And have wonder.
Let's discuss wonder. And use the word magic. Jesus, in the Holy Spirit, condemned sorcery. In the Book of Acts. Saul called upon the Witch of Endor to conjure up the at-rest soul of Saul. And the magician in Acts offered to buy, with money, the Gift of the Presence of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible speaks of Powers and Principalities around us. I go past assumption here, and say My Father in Heaven knows more than I do, and, in faith, say this is absolutely correct. Jesus was offered powers during His temptation. He turned back from that and said to God - be the Glory. This is someone the Holy Spirit will be with. When the heart offers itself to Jesus and says live, move and have your dwelling with me. When the Lord's Prayer is said in Faith, God will do HIS own good will.
Now back to Wonder. Jesus created wonder. All throughout the Scriptures. Mostly the reaction is ... fear. Jesus then said after He fed the multitudes - they wanted entertainment, food and healing.
Our Savior tells us He wants us to be salt and light has a pretty interesting - ranging towards fun and sassy - commentary on the glom-glom of the consumer crowd.
John 6:15, 16-21
Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,[b] they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.
Why would we assume that God who creates the Universe from His spoken Word follows the X-Men. Indeed not!!! God creates the Word of God and we become immune to the Wonder of God.
… Thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1: 21
…His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, The Might God,
…The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6
… God hath made that same Jesus… both Lord & Christ Acts 2:36
…Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world! John 1:29
…they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, the song of The Lamb Revelation 15:3
…Behold, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah Revelation 5:5
..and the Bright & Morning Star Revelation 22:16
..and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life 1 John 1:1
…we have and advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ The Righteous 1 John 2:1
…whereby the Dayspring from on high hath visited us. Luke 1:78
…Before Abraham, I Am. John 8:58
…And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. John 1: 34
…are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. 1 Peter 2:25
…We have found the Messiah which, is being interpreted, the Christ. John 1:41
…I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
…through the knowledge of the Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. II Peter 2: 20
..a name written King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Revelation 19:16
…I am the Light of the World. John 8:12
…The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world… John 1:9
…I am Alpha & Omega the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come
The Almighty Revelation 1:8
Luke 2:10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
How do you really think Jesus, a man, threw the money-changers out of 36 acres of the Temple? He is the Son of God. And He was not saying,' Please, with Sugar on Top.'
Einstein had an idea. Einstein had a Theory of Relativity and the Space-time Continuum...why is it in Bible Studies we praise God for feeding the multitudes? And for walking on water?? (I think He was bummed out and was seeing the Disciples struggle in the weather as an analogy of the people HE was trying to reach. This was troubling to Him, He, therefore, went for a stroll for His Glory).
Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going - that is the Theory of Relativity. Now this routinely troubles people in Bible Studies. No one, until this century, pictured warp speed. C'mon. Let's Catch Up.
They were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were filled with awe
Father God, You are not a Tame Lion. Let us Do and will the things that You, Heavenly Father would command us. Saying to You, "Your Will be done."
Only in Jesus can all things be possible. Father God, You promised us what we asked in Your Name, in Faith, this would be done to Glorify You. When life requires going alone, let us be have the bravery of John, the Beloved Disciple, to seek Jesus. Putting Him first.
May the Lord direct our hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. May the Word of the Lord speed ahead and be honored, as happened among us and among the people of faith through Your History. Amen.