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'A Year with Jesus' for 10/31/2014
Note from Jesus
Dear Faithful Follower,
Verses to Live
Paul didn't pull any punches with Timothy when he talked about how hard it was to live in the last days. Timothy knew Paul was imprisoned and awaiting death. He had known that this would likely happen since Paul had been stoned and left for dead by people who hated him the first time Timothy knew Paul (Acts 14:8-20). To remain loyal and to be strong, Paul knew Timothy needed to be inspired. I want you to be inspired by Paul's words today, too.
And know this: in the last days, times will be hard. You see, the world will be filled with narcissistic, money-grubbing, pretentious, arrogant, and abusive people. They will rebel against their parents and will be ungrateful, unholy, uncaring, coldhearted, accusing, without restraint, savage, and haters of anything good. Expect them to be treacherous, reckless, swollen with self-importance, and given to loving pleasure more than they love God. Even though they may look or act like godly people, they're not. They deny His power. I tell you: Stay away from the likes of these. They're snakes slithering into the houses of vulnerable women, women gaudy with sin, to seduce them. These reptiles can capture them because these women are weak and easily swayed by their desires. They seem always to be learning, but they never seem to gain the full measure of the truth. And, just as Jannes and Jambres rose up against Moses, these ungodly people defy the truth. Their minds are corrupt, and their faith is absolutely worthless. But they won't get too far because their stupidity will be noticed by everyone, just as it was with Jannes and Jambres.
Response in Prayer
O Father, forgive me for not spending enough time in your Scriptures. I thank You for the inspiring stories of courage by men and women of faith that I find in Your Scriptures. I thank You for the words of warning and the examples of those who do not heed those words. I thank You for the practical teaching in many of the Scriptures. Father, I thank You that as I read these words of inspiration, the same Spirit who inspired the Scriptures is at work in me to apply them to my life, to open my eyes to your deeper truths, and to conform me to be more like You each day. I ask for Your inspiration to be at work on me and in me to conform me to Your will. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Voice™. © 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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