God is calling the Body of Christ (the Church) to get serious in these “Last of the Last Days.” I keep hearing, “Focus, focus, focus!” Time is short, and we have so much to do to reach a lost and dying world. And the world is getting worse.
2Timothy 3:1, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”
2 Timothy 3:13, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” I don’t mean all this to sound negative, in fact, this isn’t a negative message at all, merely a recognition of what the Bible says about the Last Days. However, the same chapter DOES say, in the very next verse, after verse 13:
2 Timothy 3:14, “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;”
2 Timothy 3:15, “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.”
2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
2 Timothy 3:17, “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
We are to be mature, thoroughly furnished unto all good works! And we have works to do! We need to be reaching out and teaching and preaching the Gospel! Not the reverse-Gospel (since “Gospel” means “good news”) or, maybe we could call it the “negative-spell!” This type of teaching has left a “negative spell” on the church! It is time to wake up, shake ourselves off, and reach people with the Truth of God’s Word!
John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
John 17:18, “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”
John 17:19, “And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”
John 17:20, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;”
John 17:21, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
Believers need to be operating as one, reaching out to the world, so that the world will see us as one… as united! How do we do that? Teach the Truth of God’s Word! Not church doctrines… not opinions, just Truth!
If we will do that… then they will hear and receive the Word of God!
Acts 3:19, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”
Folks need to turn, which is what “repent” means, and be converted, that is, changed… then their sins shall be blotted out, and refreshing will come from the presence of the Lord! Times of refreshing are coming for the Body of Christ, but hard times for those that don’t receive and believe!
Proverbs 13:14, “The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.”
Proverbs 13:15, “Good understanding giveth favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.”
Who is wise? Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The word “fear” here is the Hebrew word “yerah” and means “reverence.” Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” So, the way of the transgressor may be hard, but for the believer, we are promised: deliverance, life, favor, wisdom, and knowledge! It is so much better to be a believer!
So many people are seeking things, things, things! Instead, as Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
My brethren, seek God, seek His way, reverence Him! Then all the things will be added in… and you will be in His Perfect Will!