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We live in a time where people are more into themselves than others and God. They are more self-seeking and desire to have their flesh be gratified because of than, then to follow God. You will see people like this all over the place and even those that go to church. You may know of people that proclaim to be Christians, but instead are more into themselves, than into following God and loving one another. This is seen by the way they use their phones, and more importantly the time they spend taking selfies. How sad has this world become, where people are more into themselves than anything else. Now, in saying this, this was prophesied of long ago, even by Paul the apostle. He said, 2“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. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:1-7) Did you notice he mentioned that in these last days people would be lovers of their own selves, without natural affection, lovers of pleasure, and other things? You can put Selfies and what people do for themselves with this, along with homosexual behaviors, and people falling into sexual sins, like pornography.

What Paul spoke of is certainly about our day. There is no getting around that. And what is sad is those people he is speaking of are people that profess to believe in Jesus. So unless these people repent of their sins, while humbly coming to the feet of Jesus, they will turn away entirely. These are those people that will die in their sins, if they forsake the Lord and His commands, even until their dying breath. So people need to learn to die to themselves and live for Jesus and their fellow men, in order to be saved. We cannot leave out the two greatest commandments, and still think that we are saved. Which is to 1“love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37-39) And I promise that if people do what God commands, these days of being self-seeking will be over. And Paul also talked about what will help us to do this. He said, 2“continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:14-17) So reading and studying the Bible daily, along with constant prayer will lead us to want to live for God and do His will. This is a person who will not turn away.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will turn from their sins and follow You. That they will get over themselves and begin to love You and others instead. That instead of them wanting to take selfies, that they would want to help others take pictures of their family. There is a time and a place to take a good picture of a beautiful place we have to and want to capture that memory, but I wish people would want to pull in their whole family or friends and get them in the same shot. This would be wonderful, Lord, if people could begin to think outside themselves and for other people’s needs instead. It would be so wonderful if people could be as energetic as they are when they receive gifts for themselves, as they would when they offer gifts to people in need. What we need are people that have shifted their attention off of themselves and onto the welfare of others. This is what You meant by loving our neighbor as ourselves. I just wish that people in the church would understand this fact and make it a point to live this way day in and day out. We can act one way at church, but we should be the same way when we leave those doors. You are so good to us God, but only a few understand this. People will not appreciate You the way they should until they leave what they do for themselves and begin to live for You instead. For how can we really love You with all our heart, mind, and strength, if we can’t even take a minute of our day a place of worship, reading the Bible, and praying? And how can we love our neighbor, if most of our time is fulfilling the lusts of our own flesh? There must be a change of heart to do Your will, and then people will begin to change. I love You, Lord. You are the rock of my salvation. I want more of You and less of me. I love it when I can serve You and others than to have anything for myself. I love You so much God and I wish others would as well. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

Matthew 22
1Matthew 22 (KJV)
1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.
17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.
22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:
26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.
27 And last of all the woman died also.
28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,
32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.
34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.
43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
2 Timothy 3
22 Timothy 3 (KJV)
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.
10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

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