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The media shows images of wars, murders, natural disasters, collapsing governments, and bankrupt societies. People say these are signs of the Apocalypse, but there is something they never think of as a sign of the end times.
"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 lovers of God having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people." 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
This is The Bible's description of the people in the last days. It is an awful list. but one thing sums them all up.
"HAVING A FROM"
The have a form of godliness. The people of the last days live by their own ideas and philosophies. They reject the Creator's instruction for their own.
A form is a hollow shape inside a mold. It is an empty space and when a substance is poured in like wax or plaster the substance takes the shape of the form. A form is an emptiness waiting to be shaped.
We not only want to avoid such people we want to avoid being such people.
Godliness can be defined as being like God, or living a life He approves of or imitating God in the way you live.
This world's religions are a form of godliness that is designed by man but cannot succeed in reaching God because man is flawed and his efforts will be flawed. To say I am good enough for God is based on lack of knowledge of God. God is holy so no one is good enough for him, but God is powerful and in His wisdom He made a way through Christ, (see below).
"BUT DENYING THE POWER THEREOF"
The people of the end times deny the power of God, this is a sweeping and broad statement. It includes:
* The idea that God is smaller than our problems,
* That God is helpless or unwilling to do good.
* That He is old fashioned or irrelevant to our needs today.
* That He just set things in motion and walked away.
The power of God is seen in the atoning death and resurrection of Christ. God is the basis of our relationship with God- not our works, merit, or effort. God is the basis that changes us into better people, not our own energies.
"HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH SUCH PEOPLE"
Such practical advice since such people are never good for us. They bring discouragement and problems.
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN
There is one person that we should seek to be with. This person is the opposite of the list of character traits described in the verse above and he is the expression of God's power. Jesus lived a good and perfect life, even his enemies could not find anything wrong in him. His death and resurrection are evidence of the power of God. Though the world is slipping into darkness his life and teaching and work of redemption can be our personal light. We must get to know him and his power.
To find out more about how you can know the power of God through Christ follow this LINK.
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