Whatever Robs You of Joy Is Your God

2 Thessalonians 1

Whatever robs you of joy is your god.We boast about your:
* Perseverance in persecution
* Faith in trials
* Endurance that produces evidence that God’s judgement is right
* Great worth in suffering for Christ 2 Thessalonians 1:4-5

God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you. God will give relief to you who are troubled. This relief will come at the day of our Lord’s appearing. 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7

God will punish those who do not know him and do not obey the words of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord. 2 Thessalonians 1:9

The key to the missionary’s task is prayer. Oswald Chambers

Our work, common sense, medicine, culture, education, even efforts to evangelize is not the key to our task. From the perspective of Christ, there are no nations, only the world. The harvest of Christ is produced through distress and conviction of sin. Pray for laborers to be sent out with the good news of Christ. Do not waste your time on activities, programs, small group studies, or sermons that focus on anything other than the good news of Christ, his words and actions. Pray that Christ will engineer your circumstances so that you can be sent into the field where the abundant harvest awaits. Then go and be Christ to the lost. (adapted from Oswald Chambers)