Living in the last days
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2 Timothy 3:1
Not my favourite subject, but from what I have seen happening today and in the last few years, I thought I would write a few words, hoping it will encourage you.
It is a simply fact that we are living in the last days. All around us, the world is changing at a rapid pace, and events long ago foretold in scripture are unfolding before our very eyes. In light of the increasing turmoil in the world, it can be tempting for us to succumb to feeling of uncertainty or anxiety regarding the future. But we as believers are told to hold fast to God’s higher perspective and take our place as victors in this hour.
No matter what is going on around us, we don’t have to wonder about what the future has in store. God’s word provides us with a clear picture of what we can expect in the coming years and gives us the spiritual tools we need to face these turbulent times and remain victorious. His word also lays out our role in the midst of this gathering darkness, to live as children of light, reaching a lost generation with His love and His message of hope in Christ Jesus.
In second Timothy 3:1 Paul wrote, this know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. This signpost us to have entered into the final last stage of the last days. If you see these things occurring commonly or on a widespread basis you are to take it as a signal that we have passed across the line and have entered into the final chapter of history as we have known it.
Thank God that by studying the scriptures, we can identify where we are on God’s timeline. Because God loves us, He spoke through the apostle Paul to enlighten our eyes and help us see what the world environment would be like in the concluding moments of the Church Age.
Have this knowledge before us help us live soberly with eternity in our view. Time is short, so we must use the time that remains wisely and shine the light of the gospel into the lives of those whom Satan has blinded.
As a committed Christian, you have a responsibility to live with your eyes wide open to the events that are occurring around you. And if you have friends or family who are unsaved and blind to the truth, it is time for you to fervently pray for God to open their eyes so they can see and know the truth.
Soon Jesus will come, and everything will change forever. Until then, we have time to pray for those whom Satan has blinded. Its not that they are naïve, they are blinded. Satan has blocked their view and affected their minds. They have no eyes to see. Eyes are created for them when the light of the Gospel, through the work of the Holy Spirit touches their hearts and minds. Are you the one God wants to use to share the Good news of Jesus with the people you encounter today so their eyes can be open to the truth and find true hope in the midst of this turbulent time we live in? Maybe you should quit praying for someone else to do the job and accept the fact that God is asking you to share the Gospel with those who come across your path and need the saving power of Jesus Christ. And you don’t have to do it on your own, He has thoroughly equipped and empowered you to be His witness to a lost world in these very last days.
Father, I recognized that I am living in the last days. Your word gives me a clear description of the end times. Help me live more soberly than ever before with a constant awareness of eternity. Show me day by day how to fulfil my responsibility not only to pray for people to awaken to righteousness, but also to spread the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth, starting with those nearest to me now. I ask you, father, to give me a spirit of boldness to speak and live without compromise. Jesus is coming and soon everything will change forever. Help me to be prepared and to prepare others also.
I pray this in Jesus name.