This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Today's Morsel: Each day that I sit and read the paper or check the news on the web, there seems to be lots of danger out there in the world. Paul's instructions to Timothy seem to take center stage. Jesus had warned us, "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold" (Matthew 24:12). And then He said, "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken" (Luke 21:25-26). This seems to be the time that Thomas Paine said would try men souls. This seems to be the times that will test the church to see what we are built upon. The warning signs were given that these times would come. But like other times, many are rolling back over and hitting the snooze button; the enemy of their souls has lured them back to sleep. Daniel said, "And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws" There are so many laws being changed . These are the times that Isaiah spoke of, "Judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment" (Isaiah 59:14-15). I'm somewhat like Daniel, my congitations much troubled me, and my countenance changes in me: but I am keeping the matter in my heart (Daniel 7:25-28), because I know that as Paul said, "At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:10-11). Either you stand firm or burn, it's your choice!
Sing: Living below in this old sinful world, hardly a comfort can afford; striving alone, to face temptation sore, where could I go but to the Lord.
Where could I go, O' where could I go, seeking a refuge for my soul, needing a friend, to help me in the end, where could I go but to the Lord.