For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…2 Timothy 2:3
Let’s look at a different translation and even another verse.
For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! ( 2-5, New Living )
Wow! That’s a mouthful. When I heard the phrase the other day, I had to look it up. The Bible has a lot to say about these people and today we call them egotistical or narcissistic. You can put names on attitudes or personalities, or even initials, but the word clearly defines these people as not thankful or holy. Certainly, their hearts can not be. And honestly some demonic powers are worse than others and there is point whee natural passes into supernatural. Anger can even be in a righteous sense, but violence and murder and demons with names.
These are the people we live among today. Those we pass on the street. They could be someone we know, work with or even a family member. What is behind all this? The devil, the enemy of our soul. It it another way of seeking to devour us and our testimonies for Christ.
That verse is kind of scary isn’t it? If not for the Holy Spirit! He is the power that makes us godly. Sadly though, many don’t walk in the measure of the Holy Spirit given to them or are even aware of making use of their spiritual gifts. Some may believe going to church or a repeat after me prayer is enough. It would be if sincere and acted upon. Lives would be transformed.
Marriage and motherhood are not sacred anymore. There is a lot of hostility and anger on both sides of the argument. Christians angry at unbelievers and vice versa. And even Christians against Christians. God doesn’t want houses divided. It is the devil’s way of dividing husbands and wives, separating parents from children or children from parents, it clutters the court with custody battles and divorce, because of pretending to be religious and denying His Spirit. Are we unthankful and unholy?
We are made righteous by the blood of Jesus, sanctified, justified, so as believers, we are holy only through Him. Nothing we can do would ever earn it. As for being unthankful, it is complacency. Not necessarily, the entitlement displayed by so many, the all about me attitude, selfish, self centered. But still, we neglect to be grateful and stay humble before the Lord.
I don’t know about you but I don’t like the idea of being boastful, proud, betraying someone. I do not care to unforgiving or especially unloving. So what is wrong with us? Nothing we can’t fix with Jesus. So let remember to never deny the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is my prayer that He moves this spring, and causes winds of change to blow throughout the world just as He does, you may not always see Him, but He’s there, and there is the evidence of His presence. Gifts, healing, miracles. Rebecca Jones / Pete Bellis Unsplash / love the boots