Perilous Times and Perilous Men But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV) Is this it? Are these the last days? Many Believers in God's Word are wondering and whispering these questions to others or just to themselves. The Scripture referenced above is very descriptive of what we will see and how we can recognize the times when they do come. God calls us to be discerning (Hebrews 5:14). So what do we do? We who truly follow Christ already know what to do and our greatest commission is to set an example for and share the gospel with those who don't, so that none will perish. Nobody is really looking forward to the conflict as described in Revelation, but whether we like it or not, doesn't make it any less the Word of God. We must embrace and eagerly anticipate the return of Jesus Christ to establish the Kingdom of God with the same enthusiasm as we do His birth. And most everybody loves the Christmas season, whether they believe in Christ or not. Along with declaring His love and protection and provision in His Word, God tells us to not be afraid. He tells us this again and again but without Jesus as our Savior, we do need to be afraid. The enemy of our souls is real and he has lots of helpers on this planet. Many of his imps are in disguise. We are instructed in the Bible to be alert and watch out for them (1Peter 5:8). We are to put on our armor daily and trust in God through Jesus Christ, as we do for everything. This is what we are saying we believe when we say that we are Christian. The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit and a mighty weapon we possess as we follow Jesus. There is power in our faith. Just because we dread the battle, doesn't mean it isn't going to happen. However, true faith means we know that God already has the victory. This story has an ending that is so glorious the joy will never end. God has promised forever in His Kingdom for those He claims as His own! Get ready!
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