My heart is hurting tonight for our great nation. Literally broken. However, if you are looking for a political rant, this is not the blog for you.
Instead, I want to focus on something more important.
Many years ago there was a man named Paul. Paul had a terrible past (Like most of us do) Paul was a follower of Jesus. He went from town to town, city to city, just to tell people about the truth of the gospel of Jesus.
Many times Paul got attacked. many times he got thrown out of the city he was visiting. People tried to kill him. Once he even survived being stoned. But that didn’t stop him. He had a message to deliver.
Paul had a student named Timothy. Paul taught Timothy how to lead, how to Pray, and how to be a strong man of God. Then, Paul sent timothy out to reach more folks on his own.
Paul often wrote letters to Timothy to encourage him, to raise his spirits and remind him of how well he was doing. On some occasions, Paul would write to timothy to warn him of what was going to happen, and how tough things would get as a follower of Jesus.
On one such occasion, Paul shares some facts with his young student that are very relevant to where we are as a culture today. Check it out:
The Dangers of the Last Days
3 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 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. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
Paul was warning Timothy, that life is never easy. And that people will not act the way that they are suppose to. In fact, People around him would begin to act in a way that is counterproductive to the lifestyle that young Timothy was use to. Paul was warning him, that things were going to be difficult.
Was Paul trying to scare Timothy? Was he trying to toughen him up? I don’t think so. Look what Paul writes a few verses later;
Paul’s Charge to Timothy
10 But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. 11 You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it. 12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.
14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you.15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16 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.17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
Paul’s words were not to scare Timothy, they were to encourage him. To build him up. To remind him, that no matter how bad things get, The Lord God almighty was on his side.
Timothy knew this. He was well versed in the scriptures! He knew what the great reward was. But hear me, every great leader needs to be encouraged. That’s one of the biggest purposes of the Church. To Come together and build each other up in Christ! Paul was right on point when he encouraged Timothy to stay focused and remember where his reward was coming from!
So hear me now family. I know things are crazy in our culture. Horrific Weather, threats of Nuclear war, political insanity, angry people, protests, the list goes on and on.
WE FIND OUR STRENGTH IN THE LORD!
I will say it again,
WE FIND OUR STRENGTH IN THE LORD!!!
There is no other answer.
The only one stronger than all the evil in this world is someone that has defeated death itself.
The only one that has defeated death is Jesus Christ the son of God!
Be encouraged and stay strong friends, Our reward is far greater than anything of this world.
What do you think?
Till Next week,
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