“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” – 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NLT)
I think it’s safe to say that we are living in the days that Paul described here. The last days. The days of lawlessness.
I underlined the last two sentences because I wanted to draw emphasis to them. There is a lot of religion out there. A lot of “Christians” practice a religious routine. Yet, as Paul says, they lack the power that makes them godly. Our Christian culture (the vast majority of it) has rejected the power of the Holy Spirit, saying that it is not truly from God, or that it simply is not meant for us today. WRONG!
When we reject the power of the Holy Spirit, when we reject the Holy Spirit, we are telling God, “We don’t actually need You in our lives. We just want the covering so we can continue with our lives.” Honestly, I don’t even know if we can call this religion, because at least a true religious person stands firm on their beliefs usually, even though what they believe is void of true transforming power.
Guys, what are we doing? Are we not tired of the mess that we have created by rejecting God’s power in our lives? Are we not sick of the modern day Babel in our society?
We have, for far too long, misunderstood what it means to be a Christian (one who belongs to Christ). Being a follower of Christ is not a religion. It is something that is so much more than that! It is a relationship. It is a lifestyle. It is a path that is full of the power of the Holy Spirit, the very Spirit of God within us. It is a life of walking in the fullness of God, with His power shining through our lives everywhere we go.
I hear people ask all the time why it is that we don’t see more men and women walking in signs and wonders like we read about in the New Testament. Well, it’s because we have traded godliness for religion. We have actually traded Life for death. And all because we want to stay comfortable. We have become the very people Paul warned Timothy to stay away from. Lovers of self and money. Proud and boastful. We even scoff at God because we think that we know what’s best for our own lives. May God have mercy on us!
Back when I had social media, I posted a warning that I felt the Lord was speaking to His people, and I will reiterate it here again.
Either get serious, or get off the train
God is done with our lukewarm behavior. He is no longer going to tolerate it. We are either all in for Him, or we are against Him. Riding the fence has no place among His people any longer. It never should’ve been allowed to begin with. But the days that are coming, they are going to be both glorious and terrifying! As Paul says in this same chapter to Timothy, “Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” (v. 12)
We in America have had many blessed years of living persecution free. But we took it for granted, and now it is going to cost us much more than many are willing to pay. I don’t say these things to scare anyone, because that is not how God works. But God does warn His people so that they can prepare and stand firm when the storm hits. That is the purpose of this. This is why the Lord has been speaking “Hold the line” to many over the last two years. It isn’t because of a political election. It isn’t because a candidate is somehow going to miraculously be planted in office because mankind thinks they should be there. No! The line that God has told us to hold is the line of faith. The line of godliness. The line of no compromise.
I do not want to call any people out, but there are far too many voices in the Church who are still leading people astray and distracting them because they believe that God ordained a man to be in a seat of authority for a second term, yet the reality is that God did not actually ordain that. If it was so, it would have happened.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” – 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT)