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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Perilous Times Will Come

"... in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!" (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

This world is headed for judgment, and those who are trying to save it have a sadly misplaced hope. We should certainly do all we can to alleviate human hurt and bring peace and righteousness into this world. But if that's all we do, we're simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. The Bible warns that perilous days are coming.

The word "perilous" used in this passage appears only one other time in the Bible. In Matthew 8:28, it describes two demon-possessed men, and there it is translated "exceedingly fierce." We are living in dangerous days, but we can endure because we know the Word of God.

His Word tells us to practice separation. We are to witness to the people of this world, but we're not to have fellowship with them (Eph. 5;11). You can show them the love of Christ, but you can't make yourself sick to make them well. We're also to prepare for suffering, because all who purpose to live godly lives will experience persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). You don't have to go searching for it; just  stand up for what is right and you'll find yourself going against the tide.

Cheer up - it's going to get worse! (v. 13). This is why you must continue to pursue the Scriptures. Saturating yourself with the Word of God will give you assurance of the truth you have learned (v. 14) and equip you to share God's Truth (v. 15). Regularly consult God's Survival Handbook and you'll not go into the daily battle unarmed but thoroughly prepared to thrive in these exceedingly fierce days! (vv. 16-17).

~Adrian Rogers~

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