This is a sermon from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 about the one real conspiracy that is being engineered by Satan himself and how to prepare for it.
On an ill-fated river rafting trip in Rwanda in 1990, Jeff Scoggins, Cameron Scoggins, and Carl Wilkens failed to show up at their rendezvous point. This is their story.
When God came looking for Adam and Eve in the garden, they met him with excuses and even blame. But in the course of their conversation the real situation became clear. The result was that God declared that from that point on God’s people and Satan, the serpent, would be at war.
After Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree, they realized they were naked, literally and spiritually. So they attempted to make clothes from leaves, but failed. So they hid from God. God knew where they were, but he allowed them to hide from him and searched for them. Why? The answer says something profound about God.
Two points: God is calling you. Just you. And he probably is not asking you to do something big and dramatic. He’s probably asking you to do something relatively small. But that small thing, when we obey, has spectacular results.
Genesis 3 tells the story of what went wrong in the world at the very beginning. When Eve chose to talk with the serpent in the Garden of Eden, she didn’t stand a chance against his subtlety. She was outmatched by many leagues.
Just before Pentecost, the 11 apostles of Jesus decided that they needed to replace the position that Judas left with another apostle. They chose Matthias by casting lots (similar to rolling dice). Should they have done that? Is it possible that they moved ahead of the Holy Spirit on that one? How does a person discover God’s will?