Posted by: lifestreamsflow1 | November 16, 2010

Difficult Times in the Last Days

You should know this: in the last days there will be very difficult times.  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, will be unloving and unforgiving;  will slander others and have no self-control.  They will be cruel and have no interest in what is good.  They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride,  and love pleasure rather than God. They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that can make them godly.  You must stay away from people like that,” 2 Timothy 3:1-5

To even begin to characterize the modern culture in which we live is to bring up many harsh and hurtful scenarios complete with depressing adjectives. We are living in perilous times which the Bible clearly prophesied and specified the reality by which we are all presently surrounded. People are all the things that Christians are NOT supposed to be. Yet the Holy Spirit knew when he inspired Paul to write these words to Timothy what the reality would be in these last days.

God “foretold” our present day reality….and now it is upon us. In the 70s and before, Bible teachers would speak of “things to come”…. speaking of the reality of the above things. That was before the days which were transformed by the personal computer and the advanced technology we now know….where all manner of information is abruptly flung around the earth at breakneck speed, and yet the Spirit’s “knowledge” looked ahead and “saw” what we would be experiencing in these present days…and how swiftly it would penetrate and perforate the world and its system…leaving in its wake immeasurable sin and pain.

Most of the reality in which people live today is not pleasant…there is fear on every side with terrorist threats and actions…instability, vulnerability. There is violence which bombards us in the movie theaters and on the television daily. There is a sexual promiscuity that has “gone to seed” blanketing people from young to old…a perversion of sexuality – blatant and unprecedented. People strut with haughtiness, pride, and lack of respect and honor of things that should be respected and honored. We live in an “in your face” reality where people from all generations are sick with the malady of unthankfulness and unforgiveness which is consuming their dignity. They are unholy and unloving….filled with disdain for any different than themselves…rampantly mocking, scoffing, slandering…and do not care!!! It is NOT a pretty sight…and it is greatly unnerving!!  As we truly look to Jesus and the TRUTH of His Word, commit to be a doer of it and not a hearer only.

“So be careful how you live.  Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.  Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.  Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.  Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life.  Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit…”  Eph.  5:15-18 NLT

A great Christian thinker and writer, Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984) wrote concerning the times in which we live, leaving wisdom concerning many things in present-day reality; and even in the face of them, these are some of the inspired ideas He left us with:

As Christians we are not to be people of escape…rather, we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit. As Ephesians 5:19 teaches, we are to FACE REALITY: the glory of the world God has created, the wonder of being human, the awful reality of the Fall, the tragedy of marred men and women, our own flawed character apart from Jesus. We are not to be people of escape. Be the realist…but face reality as people born again and indwelt with the Holy Spirit. To the extent that we are not conformed to the teaching of the Bible and the Word of God in our lives, we are ‘entrapped’ in the mire of the world!”

Billions of people are trapped in the “mire of the world”…..and many Christians are “trapped there” with them, for they pursue and demand a lifestyle of pleasantness and self promotion. To do so is to join the rush of the world to the finish line of hedonistic, selfish pleasure.

Our only protection from that is to be fully yielded and immersed in the Holy Spirit! We are to be changed! Rather than being conformed to this world…we are to be conformed to Jesus!

His provision and protection are our ONLY covering in this gone wild hedonistic day! But with it…we CAN face reality and know that the promises of God are still…JUST THAT….His promises – upon which He will not go back on. Many modern Christians have interpreted those promises to mean perpetual pleasantness…..a “heaven on earth” reality….when the truth is…the reality of this world is that IT IS A FALLEN one…and there is MUCH unpleasantness in such a reality! We are to FACE IT with the power of the HOLY SPIRIT…and not try to escape it. Rather we are to wait upon the Lord – each of us for our time to enter Heaven…which will be our ONLY TRUE ESCAPE from this modern unholy mess!

DETERMINATION: Working intently to accomplish goals regardless of the opposition.

“Jesus Christ is the SAME…yesterday, today, and forever!” Hebrews 13:8

Looking unto JESUS,

Sandy

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Responses

  1. I was just thinking about this topic earlier today — how we see the world around us becoming those scriptures — it’s incredible – what a good description those verses are. And I agree – we aren’t to hide and shy away but face it head on grounded in truth and love.

    Rachel

  2. ABSOLUTELY! Grounded in Truth and Love!!! HEY! Remember He covered that in Romans 8:28 “ALL THINGS work together for GOOD to them who love the Lord and are called according to HIS PURPOSE!” I am gonna stick with HIS PURPOSE…how about you, Girlfriend???!!!!

    Much love to you this Thanksgiving!
    Sandy


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