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The Perilous Journey and Pleasing God

2 Tim. 3:1-7 describes the perilous times of our day. God describes lost sinners and lazy, loose saints in the last days. In chapter 4, God warns of the difficulty of straight preaching in the last days, and charges preachers to be instant in season and out of season. We are told to reprove, rebuke and exhort without compromise. There is a plan of Salvation and a plan of sanctification, yet we are living in a perilous time where some lost people live like saved people ought to live and some saved people live like lost people live. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between the two. There are some steps in the perilous journey and pleasing God that hold a true Believer in the path of righteousness.

  1. Make sure you are saved. Examine yourself! (2 Cor. 13:5; Heb. 10)
  2. Meet temptations with God's power and help. (1 Cor. 10:13; Ja. 1)
  3. Master your thoughts with God's Word. (2 Cor. 10:3-5)
  4. Make use of your talents for God's glory. (2 Cor. 10:12-18)
  5. Manage your time by walking in the Spirit. (Eph. 5:15-17)
  6. Maintain a good testimony with those in the family of faith as well as those in the world. (1 Thess. 4:9-12; Col. 4:5-6)
  7. Measure your days by the immediate. Do not count on tomorrow. (James 4:13-17)
  8. Meet God in a timely way by attending Church faithfully; by reading your Bible consistently; by praying diligently; by serving Him daily and by living for Christ Godly. (Romans 12)

Prov. 4:14, 18-27 should be read and take particular notice of the words "Path" and "Paths." Notice "path of the wicked" and "Path of the just." There in v23 the admonition is to, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Then v26 admonishes "Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established."

If you are saved, be faithful and live for the Lord in these last days. Though the journey will be perilous, yet the Lord will be pleased. Live for the LORD in spite of criticism, circumstances, companions, challenges, changing times and controversy. The best is yet to come!

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