“Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people” (2Tim 3:1-5; TM)
This is a warning so that we are not deceived or discouraged. There are difficult times ahead. There shall be dangerous times, hard to understand, confusing, hard to deal with, manage or overcome. The word ‘times’ is plural. It refers not only to the passing of time, but also to seasons of greater difficulty than in the past. During these dangerous seasons it seems like hell itself has located you and attacks you without rest. The risk of loss, pain, failure and broken relationships is higher than usual. Your life will be marked by restlessness, anxiety, frustration and anger. Do not be deceived by men. Behind the scenes is the devil. He is the author of lies, deception, fear and confusion. He tries to intimidate and terrorize you. If you panic, trying to protect yourself, unknowingly, you will inflict pain to others. This ends in more sorrow and chronic regrets. From one blow to another, life becomes impossible … The plan of the devil is that you give up on God and on yourself. Never do that!
This warning is to be seen as an encouragement. Once you know your enemy, the victory is sure. Ignorance is the sister of deception. The devil’s primary tool is lying, deception. Don’t forget: life is a battle field. There are winners and losers. In Christ, you can never lose it all. You may fall, you may lose some things… but by the grace of God you can never lose your salvation! God will not allow you to go to hell! You need to get up and move on. Never envy or admire the wicked people. Just identify them and keep distance from them. Do not look at the surface of things! Look behind the scenes! You shall see the truth about all these people who try to confuse you! Let them deceive themselves but not you. Do not join their evil games of ‘sweet lies’. They may deceive men but they can never deceive God! The end is bad for them. Turn away from them. Make sure your friends are true born again Christians who speak the truth into your life. He who speaks the truth to you and prays for you, that one is your true blessed God sent friend. Truth is painful in the first instance but truth sets free.
May all the bondages in your life be broken! May you walk in freedom! Be healed! By filled with the Holy Spirit! May you fulfill destiny! To the glory of God! In Jesus name, amen!