Paul is good at delivering a message ‘sandwich style’ here. He speaks some praise, gets to the meat of it, and then finishes with words of comfort and hope. Much like a sandwich, the soft bread, the meat that needs some chewing on, and then some more soft bread to enjoy. Often times when I need to give someone a difficult message, I deliver it in the same way. It’s too much to just throw meat at someone because the message might be tough to hear.
The tough message I need to hear today is in 2 Thessalonians, verse 10, “He (Satan) will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them.” If we are not careful, we will fall into this trap of deception and believe lies to be the truth. Sometimes God’s truth can be hard to swallow or not be of popular opinion. To make things even more difficult, our views on truth get colored by our own sinful nature. So, Satan takes what we want to be true, and twists that lie to make it seem true because it feels better to us or we benefit more. That’s how he captures us. That’s his plan to destroy us. Then in verse 12, he says, “Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.”
If you are struggling with a truth today because it seems to harsh, I encourage you to take a good look at the scriptures. Find out what God really has to say about it. Do some research. Memorize some verses surrounding that topic. Make yourself strong and sure in the truth, so when Satan tries to take your insecurities and doubts and twist them around into a lie, you can say, “Not today Satan!”
Director of Family Ministry