VICTORY IN PERILOUS TIMES

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves… rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2Tim 3:1-5)

We live in what the Bible calls ‘the last days’. One day in the future, our Lord shall come back to take His Bride. That event is called “The Second coming of Christ”. The Lord shall not come as a humble man, but as the King of Kings and the Judge of all. Until then, we need to stand in faith, faithful and true to His name. The times we live now are described as ‘perilous’. In Greek, this word means something that is dangerous, difficult, furious and fierce; it is something that is designed to reduce your strength. If careless, things will destabilize you. These are times hard to handle, hard to understand, hard to manage or overcome. You need to be truly born again and filled with the Holy Spirit to be able to overcome the trials and temptations that you encounter daily. The reason why these are dangerous times it is because the devil will use men and women to attack you, trying to injure you; physically (thru sickness, accidents) or spiritually (thru doubt, fears and confusion). You need to watch and pray. You need to study and apply the Word of God daily, to each situation. You pray in English and you pray in tongues, for often, when the storm rises, you do not know what to pray for. The devil will attack you, pushing you to over-work so that you do not have time to study the Word or rest your soul. Many live their lives on a threading mill and they do not know it. The life of many people is truly described as ‘a rat race’. Men behave like animals, slaves to a mindless, crazy, horror daily routine, without rest, without peace, without the joy that spiritual creativity produces. These are furious times, defined by actions proceeding from anger; marked by noise, activity and fleshly over-excitement. The men become worse with time. They are aggressive, rude, easily provoked to fight and kill, falling and failing, trying to intimidate and terrorize, filled with lust, rage and other violent passions, merciless and cruel. They are hard-hearted, indifferent to suffering, even taking pleasure in inflicting pain to others.

These words describe the unbelievers around us. We are sent by Jesus as sheep among the wolves. That is the most dangerous ministry you can imagine. So, what can we do? How can we prevent failure in ministry and even untimely death? How can we turn disappointment into triumph? How can we live holy and successful lives in the middle of so much stress? Here we are advised, better said commanded, to ‘turn away’ from anyone who is religious but denies the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray that you may be willing and able to obey this ‘simple’ command! These religious people are the most dangerous of all. They infiltrate the churches pretending that they are saved, but they are spies and agents of the devil. Just like with Samson and Delilah, the devil pays them a lot of money just to betray and blind you. It is your duty to pray that your spiritual eyes should stay open, that your vision is clear, that you see what God is showing you.

How do you identify these dangerous people? These false believers deny the ‘dunamis’ power of the Spirit!!! They pretend to believe in the Person of God the Holy Spirit, but they do not!!! They pretend to believe in miracles but they lie!!! They are trying to deceive you!!! You may not know who they are in times of prosperity and peace. But when you are sick, for example, and you need a miracle of healing, you shall discover how empty and wicked these people are. They are sent by the devil to deceive you, to weaken your faith and confuse you. They shall rejoice to see that you testimony and your ministry is destroyed. God forbid!

Again I ask: what can you do? Stay close to the Cross of Christ! That is the only safe place in the universe. It is not just safe, but it is the place of power to overcome all enemies and the ground where the flag of clear victory is forever planted. You need to watch and pray. You need to practice spiritual warfare. You need to carry your cross daily, die to the flesh and let the Holy Spirit rise and be fruitful in you. You need to follow Jesus, obey and worship Jesus! Never forget! There is power in the name of Jesus! JESUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

In Christ I declare:
I am a born again child of God!
I am filled with the Holy Spirit!
The Holy Spirit in me is greater than the evil spirit in them!
Victory is mine!
I rejoice always!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name
Amen!

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