For the last few days, I have continually heard these words in my head, “Having a form of godliness”. I knew it was in scripture, but I couldn’t remember where. This morning as I prepared to write, those words came to me yet again, and I found their origin…
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Such powerful words. I encourage you to read those verses more than once. Let it soak into your heart. Is this not what we are now seeing?
No, I’m not one of those end times doomsday people, but I do recognize that this list is very real for today. And our instruction on how to deal with those people is very clear, have nothing to do with them. This isn’t a very popular thought nowadays, is it? Our all-inclusive, I’m ok and you’re ok culture would lead many to not see the need to separate from those with a form of godliness. I have to be honest, there have been multiple times when God has instructed me to have nothing to do with certain people. It’s not a common thing with Him, but when He tells me that, I listen. In the past I didn’t always listen to Him and when I didn’t, every single time I would end up dealing with a lot of unnecessary trouble and heart ache. When I reflect on the past, the people who created the greatest sources of pain in my life were those that God had told me to avoid, but I didn’t because I felt guilty.
As the saying goes, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” And so it goes, I felt bad cutting people out of my life and my “good intentions” ended up causing me hell on earth.
Life is so much simpler and far less painful when we simply listen to and obey Holy Spirit. Don’t get me wrong, we’ll never be completely without any trouble or pain on this side of heaven, but we can at least avoid a measure of excess trouble when we obey Him.
When choosing to walk this way, it’s also important to learn to discern my own opinions from God’s direction. I’ll be honest, sometimes certain people just get on my nerves, but that’s not always an indicator that I don’t need them in my life. On the contrary, some of the most grating people are the ones that He has chosen to use in my life. To help me get rid of some pride, or to discover that they act how they do because they are hurting, and He wants me to help walk them toward healing. Sometimes challenging people are placed in our lives to cause us to grow. We shouldn’t avoid them.
But there’s a very deep and different feeling inside my heart when God is warning me about a person, and I refuse to ignore that.
Look at the verses that follow the ones above…
They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth-men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone. 2 Timothy 3:6-9
The part that strikes me most is… always learning but never able to acknowledge truth…wow! I see a lot of that too. There is so much information to be found these days, but very little truth/wisdom.
Prayer Moment: God, I pray that you would guard my heart and mind. Let me never have a form of godliness. Let me always walk in the power and authority of the true Lord Jesus. Let me not only gain knowledge, but also wisdom. Help me to know the truth. Lord, don’t let me be led astray or even influenced by any form of evil. Place a steady guard around me and my family. Let us always walk in truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.