Tuesday, September 17, 2019

September 17

”But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed …” (2 Timothy 3: 14-16 NIV)

The entire third chapter in Timothy’s second letter deals with what the last days will be like before Jesus’ return. It speaks of three signs: 1.Self-love – people love pleasure and wellness more than God. One becomes self-centered and moves that which belongs to God to oneself. 2. A casual, passive Christianity – one’s devotion is on the surface, mask like; God’s authentic power is avoided. One is willing to hold a form of godliness but have denied the power thereof and 3. One doesn’t dare take a stand – one is constantly accepting and receptive to new teaching, but yet never quite reaches an insight about the truth.
Many studies describe the post-modern world’s person in the same way. Typical for postmodernism is first of all the narcissist person who has himself in the center. In the postmodern world one also speaks about the spirituality that exudes from each individual in such a way that it suits and is accepted, and not formed by Almighty God who has expectations of submission and worship. Thirdly, relativism is a recognized extension of postmodernism - the belief that there is no absolute truth, but rather that which feels good for the moment will be the direction in arriving at my decisions.
When we see how the Bible, almost 2000 years in advance, accurately describes the postmodern person, it becomes important for us to follow the directive to stand fast in faith in God’s Word – the Holy Scriptures.

Thank You Lord for reminding us of how we can keep ourselves prepared for Your return to the earth. I want to make You the center of my life. I want to learn to know the power from You and I want to live in Truth.

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