2 Timothy 3:12 – 4:4
CONFIRMATION OF REALITY. ALL. NO COUNTRY-BOUNDARY BUBBLES OF SAFETY
12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
ONGOING AND PROGRESSIVELY INCREASING, AND CONTAGIOUS DECEPTION.
13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
SO WHAT ARE WE TO DO – GET CAUGHT UP IN THE DECEPTIONS, AND/OR OBSESSED WITH POINTING THEM OUT?
14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
INSTEAD, HERE’S WHAT TO BE OBSESSED WITH – THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. Smith Wigglesworth (funny name, serious man of God, who raised the dead) said: “Consume the word of God until it consumes you”
15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
NOT JUST THE EASY STUFF. ALL SCRIPTURE – THE TOUGH STUFF IS REQUIRED FOR THE TOUGH TIMES
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
THE DIVINE PURPOSES OF ALL SCRIPTURE
17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
OUR CHARGE, TIMOTHY’S CHARGE, AND WHAT JESUS WILL DO, AND WHEN..
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
WHAT WE ARE TO BE FOUND DOING
2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
AND DON’T BE SURPRISED WHEN….
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;
4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
RE – THE DECEPTIONS AND THE LIES AND THE CONDITIONS ON EARTH: Like many others, I’ve recently been sent countless video exposés. Last night I was sent a video exposé exposing a video exposé. It is getting darker. Isaiah told us that before the Paul was born and later wrote to Timothy.
Is the investigation into darkness a career the Lord has called us all into? Maybe He’s called some, or maybe not. For us all – hasn’t He called us to greater intimacy, greater time in His word, and to deeper places of prayer and worship? That is how Assyria will come down (Isa 30).
I do believe it’s quite fine to look into the ongoing crazy stuff, in part for our own understanding and in part to have sober talking points for conversation to the searching and the desperate ones the Lord puts in our path.
But the conspiracies and the dark plans are not to be our focus. Rick Joyner (years ago): “The issues are not the issue. The issue is Jesus”. We’re to be looking through the clouds of darkness, up into the fire of God from the heavenly realms. When I look, I see that glory. I wan to be struck by the lightning of God.
Our challenge, especially in these challenging days, is to most intentionally keep our eyes above the dark clouds of news, scandal, lies and deceptions, as well as above the increasing noise of life. Our mind is to be fixed on our Savior. The power and authority and anointing fire from heaven cannot and will not be stopped by the dark clouds of man’s increasingly loud and arrogant and futile noise. Likewise, our attention and focus must not stop and stare (or obsessively digitally forward, or verbally parrot) the thunderings from clouds of trouble. It becomes a deception and distraction of its own.
We are, in fact, to be looking at a cloud, on our way up to be looking to Jesus:
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
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