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:
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