3 But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. 2 For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, 3 [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
I have read and studied the above scripture for many years and never has it felt as real to me as it does now.
Many people, myself included, are experiencing some of the hardest situations of their lives. It seems as if sometimes I get through one stressful situation simply to be faced with another. Do you feel that way too, beloved of the Lord?
Often, we wonder where God is. We are trying our best to be true to Him and His will for our lives and we cannot understand why He lets the “stuff” continue if He still loves us. We may have a bad day when we feel we cannot go on, and we blame Him for letting us down. Thankfully we come to our senses and the next day we ask Him for forgiveness for our unbelief and we go on and like good soldiers we press forward.
I asked the Lord, in prayer recently, what was going on. I told Him, “You said you would not give us more then we can bear Lord, but sometimes I feel as if I cannot bear things anymore.”
When you pray to hear from God be open to hearing from Him in different and diverse ways. You don’t often hear a booming voice giving you instruction. More then often you hear a thought in your head, or you see something, or read something, that comes to you at just the right time and is the answer to your prayers.
So it was, when a few days ago, a friend said to me, “I think God is preparing us for the final battle. I think we have passed basic training and now we are going on to “Special Forces” training.
WOW! That resonated with my spirit and I begin to meditate on those words and as I did God let me know that, thanks to my friend, I was on the right track of learning the wisdom of why things seem so hard these days.
First of all, we are fighting Satan’s advanced forces. Some of these folks that come against us are advanced in the ways of being cruel, mean and just plain evil. So there is that. We have to try not to dwell on their ways and actions and say as Christ did, “Father, forgive them they know not what they do!”
It’s not easy. These folks, as in the scripture above, are completely devoid of self-control it seems. Whatever comes to their mind, they say. Whatever they feel like doing for revenge, because they always have to win, they do.
We are left wondering what we did. We tried to be good and loving to them, and then they stab us in the back. Well, most often, we didn’t do anything. The Satan in them notices the Christ in us and attacks. These are people demons use, empty shells with an assignment against the children of God. Do they know they are being used? No, they do not, in my opinion. But once we realize who they are it makes it easier for us to understand.
Our finances are being dried up to the point that we cannot use them to help others, as we want to! I see need and I want to meet it. Most of the time I have to rely on God these days, totally, to meet our own daily needs. I know some of you, if you are honest, are experiencing the same thing.
It takes strength to fight the good fight these days and yet a lot of us have health problems to fight with each day also.
Because we are in the last days we are in the advanced stages of battle. If we can learn to praise God in the midst of these battles the devil will flee. If we give in to self-pity these lessons last a lot longer.
What I am learning to do, in the midst of things, is continually praise God. Even if I don’t feel like it, I say, “Jesus, I don’t know what’s going on. It’s not fair, but regardless I trust in you to help me withstand this onslaught!”
The more I praise the more peace surrounds me in these circumstances. The bible tells us the Lord God inhabits the praises of His people. When we praise He stands next to us and holds us up.
In the political season we are in we have to learn to rise above our fear. It helps to remember that no matter who is elected our help comes from God, not man. Regardless of who wins we will be all right because our Father, God, is on our side! The horrible things I hear and read of people saying to one another comes from FEAR. FEAR of the unknown and what these people can do to our peaceful existence. So the love of God cancels out FEAR. We must bathe in His love and relax in the fact that Daddy God will not let the ungodly rule over us!
Once we have learned some of these lessons we then can go on to teach them to others.
This past Easter weekend was hard for me. I had no money and only a couple of things here to eat. I prayed that God would touch someone’s, anyone’s heart to bring us some food, send us some money or invite us over. Guess what? None of that happened.
At dinnertime we had a small amount of brown rice and a few little steamed carrots. I started to feel sorry for myself when the voice of God spoke to my heart the following; “Some people do not even have this much to eat. Some people do not have a warm place to be with a roof over their head. Quit complaining and praise me for what you do have!” and so, I lifted my head and moved on. I was learning what so many people in this world know about, what it’s like to go to bed hungry. But we survived, and so will you.
Could God have supplied us with a ham and a strawberry pie? Probably, but we are in training to minister to others in the same situation.
I know you are hurting, but this is going to end soon and you are going to pass through to another level. In the meantime stop blaming God. Stop seeing Him as letting you down. Understand that He starts training with those who are willing to listen, and then He uses those folks to explain things to others. Things about His never failing love. Things about His faithfulness! Things about our future in His kingdom!
The point where you are now is the point where a lot of people give up. I notice that a lot of the people who do not have faith in God turned against Him when they had a prayer that didn’t get answered for one reason or another. Instead of understanding God’s reasoning for not getting their answer they turn against Him. This point that you are at now is the point in which you are being advanced in wisdom and understanding. It’s the Ph.D. level. There are two roads in front of you. The one of denying God leads to death and lack, the one in choosing to believe, regardless of the circumstances, leads to blessings and eternal life.
In God’s Never Ending Love,