[God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus. Hebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 2Timothy 3:1-5 NIV
The world is full of corruption, ideas and ideologies that are contrary to the Christian faith. With the full assistance of Satan, godlessness becomes a predator desiring to devour the follower of Christ. Some of those we meet disguise themselves well, camouflaged with a form of godliness but underneath a dark heart filled with self-interest. Paul gives us these examples of the godlessness that was present then and escalating now. The advice: Have nothing to do with them. This is a mark the Christian does not want.
- Will you wear the armor of Light [Jesus] to protect you from godlessness?
- As you pray for these who deceive themselves, find a Scripture that reminds you of the Hope that Jesus gives!
Lord, in these days and the days to come, grant me discernment that I may recognize godlessness. With Your power, I am stronger. Hold me close. - dho
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