Sunday, April 24, 2016

'KEEPING A CHECK ON OURSELVES"

Good Afternoon Everyone!

I just returned home from a wonderful and eventful church service.  My Pastor was talking about several things, one of which was personal convictions, when God began to speak to my heart.  I have been away from my blog FAR TOO LONG.  He reminded me that when I started this blog, I said it would be for Him, in His name.

We as Christians are all disciples.  He told His disciples to go unto all the earth and spread the gospel.  We are to do that today just as back then, because His Word does not change.  I am not good at speaking to large groups, I don't do well when it comes to teaching a Bible Study or preaching a message, but this blog can reach out to as many as those who will read and heed His Word.

Therefore, this is my way of Witnessing and doing as God has directed me to do.

My Pastor also talked about the "spirit of the times" today.  People are so busy going about their busy lives that they seem to let the meaning pass them by.  A lot of us are just accepting the "world" as it transpires against the Word of God, forgetting that God is the One who created us, so we should respect His wishes, even though He gave us free will.

In 2 Timothy 3:1, He warns us what is to happen in the last days (which is NOW).  He says,
 (1) "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers  of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.  (6)  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead the captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, (7) Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  (8)  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth:  men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. (9) But they shall proceed no further:  for their folly shall be  manifest unto all men, as their's also was.

Now, I'm not the brightest light bulb in the bunch, but I knew that wasn't a good thing, so I looked the same passage up in the Message Bible, and this is what I learned.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 Don't be naive.  There are difficult times ahead.  As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending , slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God.  They'll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they're animals.  Stay clear of these people.  (6-9) These are the kind of people who smooth-talk themselves into the homes of unstable and needy women and take advantage of them; women who depressed by their sinfulness, take up with every new religious fad that calls itself "truth".

As I look around, I can't help but see ALL of this coming to pass.  Even within  the government are there tell-tale signs of the "latter days", "end of time" whatever it is you prefer to call it.

The Bible is our "road map" to Eternity.  We choose which path we take by our choices in life.  Do we have a "worldly" attitude such as the above, or do we look at things in a more spiritual light taking on the characteristics of Jesus, abiding by His Word, being humble, patient, kind, gentle, uplifting and so on.

Agreed, the worldly  attitude is much easier unless you have a relationship with Jesus and want to live to please Him, then the spiritual attitude is no problem at all.  Also, Before someone gets the wrong idea, there is nothing wrong with having money.  The problems begins when you put making money, or spending money before God.  God should always come first.  It is not money that is the "root of all evil".  It is THE LOVE OF MONEY is the root of all evil.  Therefore, prosper and enjoy, but never put your money, wants and worldly desires before your love for God.

We all need to wake up and pay close attention to what is going on in our midst. I am not naive enough to believe that all who I talk to, or who read this post will automatically change their mindset from "we have plenty of time" to  I better consider my ways, but if even a few take this to heart, give it some thought or even look this passage up to check me, I feel like my witnessing has done someone some good.

It's good to be back.

Have a Wonderful Day and May God Bless!






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