Last days on earth!

We all know that our days here are numbered.  Paul explains to us in these verses how to look for the end of times.   Which verses might relate to you in choices that you have made?

2 Timothy 3 New International Version (NIV)

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves (Selfies), lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres (magicians) opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

2 Timothy 4 (NIV)

4 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

The time is closer than we think.  We as people are self-centered.  Our financial debt is a great example of  our lack of self-control.  We want everything now and boast about it on Facebook!  Pleasure makes us feel proud and we do everything we can to make more money.  Our kids are disobedient and ungrateful for what they have.  Evil has worked its way into our lives and we haven’t even realized it.  Parents have become so desensitized to television and movies that we don’t even cringe when cuss words are spoken along with sexual insinuations.  We need to stand out as Christians and keep preaching the gospel!  We as Christians have been fading into the background as if we are no different from any one else. Paul tells us to preach the word, correct, rebuke and encourage with GREAT PATIENCE and careful instruction.  We need to do this gently not aggressively.  Hear me my friend, God is coming and we all need to be ready!

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