September 24th, 2018
A Form of Godliness
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJB) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
We live in treacherous spiritual times. A child of God must turn his discernment up a notch for avoiding the many present perils and potential evil working in this world. As these verses state, there are many spirits present, many which stand in opposition to the holiness and perfection of God.
These wayward spirits are filled with pride and prejudice. They are dividing spirits that seek to divide you from other people, families, and especially from God’s supernatural light and a desire for doing the spiritual work of God. These spirits will lie and tease you and attempt to induce you into falling away from closeness with God for following the evil and darkness of the god of this word.
The truth is that Satan knows just what to hook you with on his dark fishing pole in tempting you to walk away from things of God. Many kinds of “spiritual bait” are available in this world for experiencing temporary pleasures, however, God directs His children to walk away from, or flee from evil, and to continue to cozy up and mature spiritually in a personal relationship with Him.
God saw fit to record satan’s own attempts to beguile Him in Luke chapter 4 for our learning and spiritual maturity as these same temptations assail and assault the child of God on a repeated basis as he sojourns in this world.
There are many forms of godliness and spirits at work in this world, however, a child of God must turn up his discernment a notch or two to judge what is eternally good and acceptable from that which is evil. Not all things which appear to be good are godly in nature and ultimately work to separate a regenerated heart from serving and savoring God.