Who encourages and strengthens us?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that GOD is our Encourager and Strengthener and Strength.
2 Thessalonians 2:17 (Amplified Bible)
Comfort and encourage your hearts and strengthen them [make them steadfast and keep them unswerving] in every good work and word.
GOD is our Encourager and Strengthener and Strength.
Encourage and strengthen
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: 50 to 54 A.D.
C. Purpose: To correct the coming of the LORD as not having taken place yet and is still a future event for all of us living in the last days.
D. To whom written: Thessalonica church, 2nd epistle
E. Main Theme: Second Coming of CHRIST
F. Keywords: Day of CHRIST
G. Key verse:
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (Amplified Bible)
May the Lord direct your hearts into [realizing and showing] the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ and in waiting for His return.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. GOD encouraged our hearts
"Comfort and encourage your hearts"
Colossians 4:8 (Amplified Bible)
I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are faring and that he may comfort and cheer and encourage your hearts.
Isaiah 51:12 (Amplified Bible)
I, even I, am He Who comforts you. Who are you, that you should be afraid of man, who shall die, and of a son of man, who shall be made [as destructible] as grass,
Isaiah 57:15 (Amplified Bible)
For thus says the high and lofty One—He Who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, but with him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the thoroughly penitent [bruised with sorrow for sin].
Romans 15:13 (Amplified Bible)
May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.
2 Corinthians 1:3-6 (Amplified Bible)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement),
Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.
For just as Christ’s [own] sufferings fall to our lot [as they overflow upon His disciples, and we share and experience them] abundantly, so through Christ comfort (consolation and encouragement) is also [shared and experienced] abundantly by us.
But if we are troubled (afflicted and distressed), it is for your comfort (consolation and encouragement) and [for your] salvation; and if we are comforted (consoled and encouraged), it is for your comfort (consolation and encouragement), which works [in you] when you patiently endure the same evils (misfortunes and calamities) that we also suffer and undergo.
GOD comforts us, it's the function and work of the HOLY SPIRIT who is our Comforter (Parakletos).
B. GOD strengthens in every good deed and word
"and strengthen them [make them steadfast and keep them unswerving] in every good work and word."
Romans 1:11 (Amplified Bible)
For I am yearning to see you, that I may impart and share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen and establish you;
Colossians 2:7 (Amplified Bible)
Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.
Jude 1:24 (Amplified Bible)
Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]—
1 Peter 5:10 (Amplified Bible)
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.
Stablishes means to fix; to settle in a state for permanence. GOD does this to us and only He can fix us, only GOD can settle us for permanence because He does not change.
Hebrews 13:8 (Amplified Bible)
Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).
GOD is our Encourager and Strengthener and Strength.
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