From Bad To Worse (II Kings 13; II Timothy 3)

“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived,”  II Timothy 3:12-13

October 31 has always been a dreaded day in my yearly calendar.  In America our nation celebrates this day as “Halloween.”  Many people enjoy this day as the highlight of their year.  Still many more people enjoy the fun of dress-up and scaring others.

However, for me this day is a reminder of what Paul wrote in II Timothy 3:13, “Things will go from bad to worse.”

Think it through:

1.  Each year we see the continual moral decline of our nation and our world.  II Timothy 3:1-5

2.  Each year we see the continual increase of persecution of those who are genuine believers. II Timothy 3:10-13

What should our response be?

1.  Paul directs us to avoid those who are in decline.  This translates for me into avoiding such days as Halloween.  My family has chosen to make this evening a time of fellowship away from this celebration.  We always go out together for the evening.  We have a nice meal and we spend time talking about how we can make a difference in the world.

2.  Paul directs us to follow the path laid out in the Word of God.  This translates for me into a lifestyle that is focused on knowing and obeying the Word of God.  On this day our family will focus on God’s Word for our response to the evil in the world.  We know, only the gospel will bring light to a dark world.

Yes we know that things are going from bad to worse.  However, the gospel is preparing is for another world were righteousness and truth rule the day.

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