By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
THE MAJESTY OF GOD
Lesson Six of Nine
GOD SUPPLIES OUR NEEDS
II Thessalonians 3:1-5.
Man is limited in what he can know and do in spite of his accomplishments.
Our power is limited so that we will depend on God.
Man cannot know God's will unless God reveals it.
I Corinthians 2:9-13.
Man has no control over tomorrow.
Man cannot save himself from the consequences of sin.
With all of our inadequacies, if God wasn't there, we could not have peace of mind.
There are four basic needs that man has:
In this lesson, let's look at these four basic needs and see that "Our God Supplies Our NEEDS."
GOD SUPPLIES OUR NEED OF STABILITY - 3:3. (...who shall establish you...)
Some Christians are like Ruben - "unstable as water" - Genesis 49:3-4.
These Christians are periodically zealous.
The lack of stability causes unfaithfulness.
We are encouraged to be strong - I Corinthians 16:13.
The Lord supplies when He commands:
Ephesians 6:10 - "...be strong in the Lord..."
Ephesians 6:11-18 - provides the armor (means).
Stability comes from practicing what we hear.
GOD SUPPLIES OUR NEED FOR SAFETY - 3:3. (...and guard you from the evil one...)
We are creatures that seek safety.
Winds blow violently - seek shelter.
Rains threaten flooding - seek higher ground.
Threat of bombing - seek shelter.
If we are true to our nature, we should seek shelter from the evil one.
We are warned to abstain from the evil one - I Thessalonians 5:22.
God's protective forces are greater than the evil ones.
II Kings 6:14-18.
God still has protective forces - Hebrews 1:14.
Christ is our safety.
Hebrews 6:18 - refuge.
This would be a good place to talk about the "Cities of Refuge"
Hebrews 6:18-19 - anchor of the soul.
GOD SUPPLIES OUR NEED OF SECURITY - 3:5. (And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God...)
Many of our songs express our need for security.
"Safe in the arms of Jesus"
"My hope is built on nothing less"
"Leaning on the everlasting arms"
"Near to the heart of God"
God's love is directed to us in His Son.
We can have eternal security (IF):
We walk in the light - I John 1:7.
We have obedient faith - I John 5:13.
We fight to the finish - II Timothy 4:7-8.
Let's heed Jude's warning - Jude 21.
GOD SUPPLIES OUR NEED FOR STEADFASTNESS - 3:5. (...and in the patience of Christ...)
Patience or "steadfastness" is essential to a Christian.
I Corinthians 15:58.
A lack of patience or steadfastness can cause one to:
"Drift away" - Hebrews 2:1-2.
"Forget that he was purged from sin" - II Peter 1:9.
"Be overtaken in a fault" - Galatians 6:1-2.
"Err from the truth/faith" - James 5:19-20.
Be overcome by Satan - James 5:11.
Christ can supply all of our needs.
Stability - God supplies.
Safety - God supplies.
Security - God supplies.
Steadfastness - God supplies.
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