Be Not Soon Shaken In Mind
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. In times of peril, people often hear or say: “It’s not then end of the world”. There is more to that statement than many realize.
1. The end of the world represents a finality of all things regarding this life (II Peter 3:10-11).
2. If the world still stands, the Lord is still in Heaven, and you are still alive; nothing we face is the “end of the world”. The things that matter most are changeable (Psalms 32:5).
B. Yet, though “it’s not the end of the world”, anxiety is a real problem that we face in life (Luke 10:38-42).
1. As Christians, we cannot give ourselves over to troubled minds (Proverbs 12:25, Proverbs 15:13, Proverbs 17:22, II Corinthians 7:10, and II Timothy 2:3-4).
2. We have to have our minds in the right direction (Isaiah 26:3).
II. Body: II Thessalonians 1:7-2:5
A. First, let’s start by clarifying some things in the text this lesson is based upon (II Thessalonians 1:7-2:5)…
1. Some falsely taught that Christ was coming. No man knew or can currently know that to accurately teach such (Mark 13:31-33 and II Peter 3:10-14).
2. Paul knew that, at least, there was a falling away that had to come and that in itself prevented the coming of Christ as it was still to come (I Timothy 4:1-5, II Timothy 4:1-5, and II Peter 2:1-3).
3. The “son of perdition” does not just apply to one person as the phrase was used of one dead at the time Paul wrote the second epistle to the Thessalonians (John 17:12; cf. John 6:70-71).
B. Ways not to be soon shaken in mind, troubled…
1. Think on the right things (Philippians 4:6-8).
2. Think about the Lord’s promise (John 14:1-3).
3. Talk to brethren (I Thessalonians 5:11-14) and the Lord (I Peter 5:6-7).
4. Realize what control you do (Jude 1:21) and do not have (Ecclesiastes 9:11-12).
C. We should be able to encourage ourselves in the Lord (I Samuel 30:6).
1. Run to Him (Psalms 62:8, Proverbs 18:10, and Romans 8:31-39).
2. Look forward (John 4:31-36 and II Corinthians 4:16-5:1).
III. Conclusion: Balance is necessary! Be carefree, but not careless for the end of carelessness is not good (Isaiah 47:7-11).
© 2016 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager