“16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV
Dear Heavenly Father – We join again today to study what you have for us to learn. Let us be humble and merciful while standing strong and immovable. Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
After the call to Return to Christ this past Saturday, and the day of atonement on Monday, I had huge expectations of people repenting in large numbers. I also have the understanding that we live in perilous times (as described in this Bible passage) and so the mass level of repentance I hope for, probably won’t happen.
I am in good company, though – John the Baptist preached repentance and had shown hints of expectations that once people knew the truth they would rent their clothes, throw themselves on the ground in humility and shame, then fast, and pray in repentance. A small amount of the population did. But John’s followers were not the entire nation of Israel as John had probably hoped.
Elijah prayed for Israel’s repentance and a drought. He was sure that when the rains came – the nation would cry out to God in repentance. Instead it found him running for his life.
And I think, if we spend a day or so more, than a weekend, fasting and praying for repentance my nation and possible my planet would fall on their knees with a fresh revelation of who Christ is and repent. But the people in my world seem to want the healing and the blessings without the work – without the sacrifice of sin. Without accountability and responsibility for their own actions.
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.” 2 Timothy 3:1-9 NKJV
I can’t get the verse about having a form of ‘godliness and denying the power thereof” out of my mind lately. God has shown me His judgment is loosed – and the only way to stop it is repentance, yet I look around at so many luke-warm Christians in my social media feeds, in churches, and even some I know personally.
I say this because: I hear them tell me they are a Christian – but they love themselves and their own recognition above what God is saying and obedience to His will. I have recently finished a study on pride and have learned it is one of the most dangerous of sins – and loving money (idolatry, lust for possessions), boasting, blaspheming, being disobedient to parents and authority, being ungrateful and unholy are all forms of pride. Pride is basically an attitude that raises self to God’s level or in independence of God.
I have seen so many self proclaiming Christians always “learning” yet they don’t seem to come to the full knowledge – their social media memes are those muddied water memes I posted about back on June 5th. Even when I speak to those people they say things that are so corrupted they have not only lost the power of God, but they are completely false – and they say – well, I meant well. Yes, never underestimate the value of a heart after God – but when you say you seek to learn and cannot come to the truth – maybe, you are resisting the truth.
I mean, if you are in the United States or know people from the states – you have seen the aftermath of the Presidential debates on social media. Both on the stage at the debate and throughout the states you can see those who “resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith;” and God is giving a warning in these perilous times that “they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all.” Yes, Lord, please expose the truth. The truth about the candidates, the truth about the media, the truth about what is really going on. -amen
Be warned, in your own life as well – God is exposing truths. Everywhere, God is exposing truths!
Evil isn’t even trying to hide it’s self anymore. People resist the truth – God can reveal it and they would deny it. God could turn the sky green and we could see that it was now green – and they would say, ‘no, the sky is blue’ while being offended that we might suggest otherwise.
When the disciples asked Jesus about the end of time Jesus described it as follows:
“10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” Matthew 24:10-12 NKJV
Yes, these are perilous times we live in. Yes, it can get worse and it will – because Jesus goes on in this passage to describe it getting worse. And the passage of 2 Timothy 3 also says so:
“13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” 2 Timothy 3:13 NKJV
But God did not leave us with all this perilous news and not remind us of His plan, His protection and provisions, and a strong dose of truth.
“10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:10-12 NKJV
Jesus suffered and died a horrible death on the cross – God’s own son. Paul lived persecuted and died as a martyr. All of the disciples died as martyrs. What makes us think we are so much better than they are? That somehow we get to go through this unscathed and still covered by grace? The time is upon the world for God’s judgment and the righteous shall live among it protected by God. Live in the midst of it and the earthly reward for their righteousness shall be persecution.
“14 But you must continue…” – Don’t give up!!! “But you must continue” because you are created for such a time as this. “But you must continue” because you are called for such a time as this! “But you must continue” “But you must continue” “But you must continue” – if for no other reason, than because the Bible says so and it is the right thing to do.
“14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17 NKJV
Which are you? Equipped for the work that we have to do in these times? or are you one of the ungodly and unrepentant that God is so desperately trying to get the attention of – and He wants to save all from the wrath to come (which will be worse than the persecution we shall endure).
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