Time for Rejection or Acceptance?
Author: D. See
What is going on? Life seems to be raging out of control. It seems as though no one cares about anything or anyone but themselves and there seems to be a hopelessness surrounding us as believers. It seems like chaos is prevailing.
The other night I was listening to a message from a precious brother in the Lord and he was talking about how we are distracted by all these sorts of things and he used the scripture 2 Tim 3:1-5. It says But know this that in the last days perilous times would come. Men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of God, having a form of Godliness but denying its power. and from such turn away!
It struck me that this is really where we are at and there are so many Christians walking in this kind of behavior. The first verse really hit me “But know this”…Know this…get it?
It says these kind of times are coming it’s just part of the end times. God is warning us.
I had to begin to search my heart and say “God if any of this is in me get it out. I want to be a lover of You not have all this stuff in me!”
This scripture ends by saying these people have a form of godliness but deny His power. I believe this is a religious spirit. It’s why the church is so powerless!
But then it goes on to say…From such turn away. Hhmm?
That is a hard one for most people to comprehend because we are supposed to be loving and merciful and tolerant. But God is telling us if people are acting like this to turn away from them.
If we look around today this kind of behavior is going on everywhere in the Church and even in us!
I want to challenge you to walk through this list and ask God to show you if any of this is in you. Then repent and turn in the opposite direction with the help of the Holy Spirit.
I also want to say that I think it is time to begin to turn away from people who are operating in this stuff and tell them why you can no longer fellowship with them.
But beware you need to check the log in your own eye before you do this!
In verse 16-17 of this chapter it says all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be Complete, Thoroughly equipped for every good work.
So know that all this bad stuff is coming but God has given us the scriptures to complete us and equip us. We can over come all this stuff if we begin to ask Jesus to cleanse us by His blood and begin to stand on the Word and let it wash our minds. Let it change our thinking.
God wants a body who loves Him and each other and is selfless! It’s time to take a good look at ourselves and the Holy Spirit to shine the light on all the dark places. Honestly it only hurts for a little while but once it’s healed look out! There is no telling what God can do through a clean, purified in the fire, vessel of Honor!
So take some time and get alone with God and let Him change you on the inside so you are accepted in the beloved and not rejected because He never knew you because you chose to walk in your old unrenewed nature.