Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”
I will never desert you. As Jesus said to the disciples, “Surely I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20).
Some worry that the Spirit leaves us when we stumble, but God has promised to never abandon us under any circumstances. The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit abide or make their home with the believer (John 14:16–17, 23). Home means home. You are not a motel room for the Lord. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit and he will never leave you.
so that we confidently say,
“THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID.
WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”
The Lord is my Helper. The God of grace helps the helpless.
Life is too big for any of us to handle, but the good news is that God is our very great Helper who rides across the heavens to help us (Deu 33:26). He is our present help in times of trouble (Ps. 46:1).
“Lord, help me!” cried the Canaanite woman (Matt. 15:25). “Help us!” cried the father of the demon-possessed boy (Mark 9:22). Like Paul, who obtained help from God (Acts 26:22), these people understood that asking God for help in our time of need is how we receive his grace (Heb. 4:16).
God does not merely help us overcome sin; his grace is divine aid for whatever need we face (Heb. 4:16). “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings” (Ps. 63:7).
God the Father is known as the Helper (Deu. 33:29, 2 Cor. 6:2); so is God the Son (Heb. 2:18) and God the Holy Spirit (John 14:16).
Further reading: “Who’s your Helper?”
Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.
The word of God is literally Jesus. To speak the word of God is to tell people about Jesus. See entry for Word of God.
For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.
The city which is to come or the city of the living God is a Biblical metaphor for describing the corporate body of Christ (Heb. 11:10, 12:22, Rev. 3:12, 21:2). See entry for 2 Cor. 6:16.
equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Equip you in every good thing. You can be confident that the good work Jesus began in you, he will see through to completion (Php. 1:6).
Greet all of your leaders and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you.
The saints. Throughout scripture, Christians are consistently referred to sanctified saints. See entry for Acts 26:18.
Grace be with you all.
The grace of God is a gift freely offered to all.
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