A. The word of God speaks of “good comfort” (II Corinthians 13:11).
- We can hold on to a promise of a future comfort (Matthew 5:4).
- We are comforted through the word of God and our brethren in the here and now (Psalms 119:52 and Colossians 4:11).
- Some buy into a false comfort (Jeremiah 8:11 and Zechariah 10:2).
- Some have falsely convinced themselves that they are in a place of comfort when they are not (Revelation 3:14-22).
II. Body: Don’t Get So Comfortable That You Fall Asleep Spiritually (I Thessalonians 4:13-5:14).
A. We don’t want to become complacent (Proverbs 1:32; cf. Luke 12:13-21).
- The reward is not for those who get lazy (Hebrews 6:10-12 and Revelation 22:12).
- Sometimes the comforted need to be troubled (Isaiah 32:9-11).
- We need to be sober-minded (I Peter 1:13 and I Peter 5:8-9).
- We don’t want to get so comfortable that we get tired and faint (Galatians 6:3-10).
- As was taught here on 12/27/2020, what if the Lord were to come today? Are you watching, prepared, and ready to go (Luke 12:35-40)?
- If you’re not faithfully prepared there is plenty to be worried about (Mark 9:43-48 and John 5:28-29).
- If you are faithfully prepared, you can be comfortable (I John 5:11-13); as long as you don’t fall asleep at the helm (Romans 13:11-14).
III. Conclusion: With balance, be joyful that our God is the God of all comfort (II Corinthians 1:3) with a long history of comforting His people (Isaiah 49:13).
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