Monday, May 19, 2014

Last Days People!


You can be certain that in the last days there will be some very hard times.  People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud, stuck-up, rude, and disobedient to their parents. They will also be ungrateful, godless,  heartless, and hateful. Their words will be cruel, and they will have no self-control or pity. These people will hate everything good.  They will be sneaky, reckless, and puffed up with pride. Instead of loving God, they will love pleasure.  Even though they will make a show of being religious, their religion won't be real. Don't have anything to do with such people.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

Are we currently living in the "hard times" of the last days?  The most convincing sign that the time of the End is upon us is the people themselves.  Paul's description of people who will be living during that time is all too familiar today!  Personal pleasure and the economy have risen to the top of almost everyone's priority list.  The "words" of Political Correctness are carefully crafted to express hatred for everything that is good.  And "sneaky, reckless, and puffed up with pride" are appropriate descriptions for many in today's world.

Paul summarized it well when he said, "Instead of loving God, they love pleasure."

When I go back and look at pictures that were taken of me in the 1970's it is quite obvious that I found nothing wrong with conforming to the fashion statements of that decade.  I wore bell bottom pants, hair over my ears and had long sideburns.  I was just "fitting in" to the world around me and I did that without really any conscious effort. 

Instead of simply criticizing the people who live around me today, I must ask myself if I am becoming like those who love themselves and their money.  Are my priorities in life built around my bank account and "being able to enjoy" the pleasures of this life? 

Don't become one of  the "Last Days People" that you read about in 2 Timothy.  Whatever you do, get rid of your leisure suite and long hair!  Abandon political correctness for "Biblical Correctness."  Let the Word of God be the standard and not the will of the majority.  Democracy did not provide a way for you to go to Heaven!  JESUS DID!

"Lord Jesus, show me today the things I need to abandon so that I will not be like the world around me.  Come quickly Lord Jesus, Amen."

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