|Reverend LC Muzembi|
Perilous times shall come; and here is how you will know; "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 3:3-5.
What it means, as believers your faith is exposed to imminent risk of disaster or ruin, "and because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold" Matthew 24:12.
Iniquity is in nothing but our conduct. Paul said men, meaning you and me shall be lovers of our own-selves. It’s not only the people in world who are proud, but us christians also. It’s not sinners but believers who’ve a form of godliness, who are unholy, trucebreakers, false accusers, traitors, heady, highminded and despisers of those that are good. It’s the Christian capable of resisting the Holy Ghost.
Perilous times shall come, "the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron" In 1 Timothy 4:1-2.
Danger isn’t in the world, but is among us people who believe. It’s us who make life difficult for those who believe. I hear the Lord say, "And a man's foes shall be they of his own household" Matthew 10:36. False prophets and false teachers are they who make it difficult, precarious and hazardous for believers who want to keep the faith. These resist, even vain talkers and deceivers and gainsayers.
Perilous times shall come, and folks these already are the last days. I trust in the living God, that you will be different, and be able to keep the faith, and in all manner of your conversations, "exercise thyself rather unto godliness" 1 Timothy 4:7. Love the people of God; "be sober, just, holy, and temperate" Titus 1:8. Above this allow, the Holy Ghost to keep you in sound doctrine.
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