Strength From God
In this verse, Paul focuses on the struggles that were besetting the Thessalonians. They were new Christians and were under attack from Satan. However, Paul knew that the Lord was faithful.
Paul identified two things that God would do for the Thessalonians. He said God would strengthen them and guard them against the evil one. The evil one is Satan.
So, what is Paul talking about?
Well, strengthening is where God provides His strength in place of our human strength. That’s something God says we can ALWAYS count on. Let’s look at Deuteronomy 31:6.
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them (enemies). For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
How good is that?
Paul also said that God would guard the Thessalonians against the evil one. That meant that God would limit Satan’s access to them.
Both strengthening and guarding are necessary to resist the strategies of the devil. Now I know Paul was talking to the Thessalonians, but this is true for us as well. If we try to resist the devil on our own — without what God offers — WE WILL FAIL. Has that ever happened to you?
OK, so how do we use this?
The answer is doing what is called “pleading the promises”. What that means is we find a promise of God that pertains to the situation we are involved with, and we ask God to do what He promises.
So, let’s say we believe Satan is attacking us. We can “plead the promise” in Deuteronomy 31:6. We can do that through prayer. Let me show you how.
Dear Lord, You tell me in Deuteronomy 31:6 to be strong and courageous. You tell me not to be afraid or panic. You promise that You will go before me and You will not fail or abandon me. I believe You. Right now I believe I am under attack from Satan. Here’s what’s going on ______________________________________. I trust You and I ask You to strengthen and guard me from him – just as You promised to do for the Thessalonians in 2 Thessalonians 3:3. Thank You for doing that. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
That’s a prayer God will ALWAYS answer, because it lines up with what He promises to do. God is faithful and He will ALWAYS do what He says He will do.
So, the next time you feel that you are under attack from Satan, or under attack from any other place, try it out. I know you will be amazed….