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Difficult Times Will Come

September 6, 2016

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Difficult Times  Will Come

Christians  have gone through  “difficult times” since the beginning.     There have been times of persecution  and times of relative peace.     But  even in times  when some Christians experience  what they might consider  good times,  there are other Christians somewhere in the world,  who are being persecuted.

Whatever our situation,  we need  to be aware  of what Paul wrote  in 2 Timothy 3:1-5,

But realize this,  that in the last days  difficult times  will come.     For men  will be lovers  of self,  lovers of money,  boastful,  arrogant,  revilers,  disobedient to parents,  ungrateful,  unholy,  unloving,  irreconcilable,  malicious gossips,  without self-control,  brutal,  haters of good,  treacherous,  reckless,  conceited,  lovers of pleasure  rather than lovers of God,  holding to a form  of godliness,  although they have denied its power;  avoid such men as these.

This should make us stop  and think.     It’s a description  of what is going on today.     Are we rightly aware  of all these ungodly behaviors  around us every day.     From the lowest person  in our society  to the very top,  there is evidence  of every bit  of this.

It’s in our government,  judicial system,  businesses,  and individual family members.     Are we so accustomed  to all  of these evils  that we just accept them  —  or even  join the crowd.     Just  “holding to a form  of godliness”  does not make one  a true child  of God.     Pretending  to be a Christian  while hatefully  and willfully living  in these evils  will not grant one entrance  into heaven.

In 1 Timothy 1:5,  Paul gives us the purpose  of every true preacher  of God’s word.     He wrote,

But the goal  of our instruction  is love  from a pure heart  and a good conscience  and a sincere faith.

This is what our Lord  wants to see  in our lives.     Granted,  we don’t see any  of this  in the rest  of the world  —  but we are not to be  “of”  the world,  even though  we have to live  “in”  the world.

Looking  to Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  teach us Your ways.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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