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img002(One of my favorite Christmas pictures of my daughter and son when they were little).

INTRODUCTION

Making Christmas crafts with my children and decorating the tree together, staying up until 2 a.m. assembling and wrapping their presents after they were snuggled in their beds and fast asleep, remembering the joy on my precious children’s faces when they’d open their gifts on Christmas morning…these are just a few of the special memories of Christmas past.

Then there are the ones that still linger in my mind that bring feelings of heart-wrenching sadness, like the one Christmas when my son was older. It was around five or six years after his dad had left us. My daughter was playing either in her room or the family room to pass the time, while my son sat on the couch and waited patiently for his dad to come as he had told him and my daughter that he would. When minutes began to turn into hours, the sadness and disappointment that my son was feeling grew more evident on his face, and my heart broke for him. Then the phone rang, and his dad gave them both the frequently given reply on Christmas day:

“Dad can’t come today, but I’ll come and take you out during the week.”

Even though their dad did call them every day after he left, and came over twice a week to take them out, to tell your children that you are coming on Christmas day and to get their hopes up only to disappoint them, was cruel and totally uncalled for!

Christmas for me personally was very hard. Especially when I had to go to the mall and shop for gifts and watch many different men and women walking hand in hand and laughing together, and I was all alone, but still faithfully waiting and praying that my husband would return home and love me the way a husband is supposed to love his wife.

The Christmas before my ‘husband’ left, when things were tense and I was being completely rejected by him, temptation literally came knocking at our door:

It was about a week before Christmas, and it was after 10:00 p.m. Suddenly there was a knock at the door. As usual, my ‘husband’ was out with his friends, so I was not about to answer the door when I was home alone with two little kids. My daughter, who was nine years old at the time, but very wise for her age, kept telling me to open the door, and I kept telling her all the reasons why I shouldn’t. However, I gave in when she said, “Mommy, maybe God wants you to open the door.”  Hesitantly, I opened the door, keeping the screen door locked. There in front of me stood a tall, dark, and handsome man. He said,

“Hi. I know it’s late, but my car died out in front of your house, and I just wanted to let you know that I called the police to let them know, and I will be back tomorrow with a friend to help me get it started.”

I said, “Okay,” and closed the door. The verse “make the most of every opportunity” came to mind, and since it was almost Christmas and I had a box of New Testament Bibles and would give a New Testament to people who would come to my door whether they were Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons, or selling magazines or windows, etc., I decided to give him one, as well. After all, it couldn’t be a coincidence that his car just happened to die out in front of my house when his car could have died out a few houses further down the street. I knew that God wanted me to share the gospel with this man, so I wrote a short message inside of the New Testament that I was going to give him. I said something like this:

“I don’t know what you have gone through in life, but I know that it wasn’t a coincidence that your car happened to die out in front of my house. I believe that God allowed your car to die out in front of my house because He knew that I would be faithful to share His love and truth with you. He wants to bring healing to your broken heart and hope for your future that can only come by receiving His love and forgiveness.”

In my message I clearly shared the gospel with him, and included a tract, as well. In front of the Bible was a list of questions that led a person to the knowledge of the fact that we are all sinners in need of a Savior, and the need to repent of sin, and listed many Scriptures where these truths could be found. When I finished writing the letter, I put it inside of the Bible and wrapped it in Christmas paper so I would be ready for when he would return  with his friend the next day hoping to get his car started.

The next day he did return with his friend, and after his car started he came and knocked on our door to let us know. I then held out the wrapped Bible, and said, “This is for you.” He said,  “What’s this?” I said, “Well, it’s almost Christmas, and I wanted to give you this.” He looked stunned and appreciative as he took the package and thanked me and went to his car. I closed the door but stood there and prayed strongly as I watched him walk to his car through the tiny window in the door. He sat there for a while, so I figured he was opening his gift, so I closed my eyes and strongly began to pray for him. I prayed that God would prepare his heart and mind to receive the message of the gospel and all that I had shared with him. Suddenly, I heard the door bell ring, and opened the door to see him standing there. With tears in his eyes, he said, “How did you know?” He proceeded to tell me that he had been in Viet Nam and how when he came back his wife had left him. Everything that happened I recorded in my diary, but basically I said the following to him:

“I didn’t know. I just knew that God allowed your car to die out in front of my house and knew that He wanted me to give you a Bible and to tell you that He loves you.” 

His eyes filled with tears as he thanked me again, and he went back to his car and drove away.

Little did I know that he would return less than a year later, just a couple of months after my ‘husband’ left us. To make a loooong story short, he came to our door and said the following words to me:

“I thought about you a lot over the past year. I didn’t come back to start trouble; I just needed to come back to see if it was you, or Jesus in you that I was attracted to.”

I stood strong, and in my mind I kept saying, “Jesus in me! Jesus in me!” I loved and feared God too much to give in to temptation, and I loved my ‘husband’ in spite of how he treated me throughout our marriage to ever consider getting involved with another man when I was still married to him.

In an attempt to stop him from continuing to talk about me, I turned the focus of the conversation on to Jesus, and shared the gospel with him again, making it clear to him that we are all sinners in need of a Savior, so that he would see his need to turn from sin by having a true godly sorrow in his heart for the things he had done. I asked him if he would like to receive God’s love and forgiveness, by placing his complete trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of his sins, and he said he did. I led him in a prayer, and he repeated it after me, and when we were done he looked as if the weight of the world had lifted off of his shoulders.

After encouraging him to continue reading the Bible, I tried to end our conversation so he would leave, because he was saying all kinds of things that every woman would like to hear. Especially a woman like me who rarely ever heard those kind of things from her husband; a ‘husband’ who had now left me. There was no sexual overtones to anything he said; he just made comments about the thoughts he had concerning me over the past year. Things like how he thought I was pretty, and how he thought about my “big brown eyes.” As I firmly tried to end our conversation, he handed me a ripped piece of paper with his phone number on it and told me that I could call him if I wanted to, and then he finally left.

I could have tried to justify calling him in my mind by telling myself that ‘he needs my guidance,’ but the  thought to do that never crossed my mind; I knew this would not be God’s will, and I would be setting myself up for temptations if I ever did. He was completely in God’s hands now. I never called him, and he never came to my home again. It was one of those opportunities that I made the most of, at a time when I could have been sad and depressed, but I chose instead to share the love of God and the gospel of grace, hope, and forgiveness with this heart-broken man. We as Christians need to see the opportunities that God sets before us, but we need to proceed with caution! We must use the opportunities that come our way with the desire to bring glory to God by constantly being led by His Spirit and not our flesh, because  Satan will try to use some of these opportunities that come our way in an attempt to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8) if we are not constantly in God’s Word and ignore the warnings clearly set forth in Scripture!

I praised God for the opportunity that He gave me that night, and still praise Him and stand in awe at how He arranged for this man’s car to die out in front of our house that night right before Christmas so many years ago!

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” (Isaiah 43:18)

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13b,14)

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15,16)

“Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5,6)”Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him standing firm in the faith…” (1 Peter 5:8,9a)

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9,10)

“We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.” (1 John 4:13-16)

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS

The Christmas season has a way of bringing many memories to my mind

Some are precious moments tucked away, unchanged by time

Some are best forgotten, but they linger still the same

Some bring tears of joy, some still a hint of pain

Unmet expectations, hopes and dreams yet to be fulfilled

Sorrow grows within my heart, and yet, in a moment’s time, because of Christ, my

heart is stilled

I choose instead to reflect upon that holy night, so long ago

When God sent His only Son to redeem mankind, because He loved us so

I take time to reflect upon the moment, that He gave me eyes to see

His redemptive plan revealed in Scripture, His truth that set me free

It’s then my perspective changes, before my emotions send me spiraling out

of control

I choose instead to be led by His Spirit, to find someone who is broken of heart

and soul

Someone who needs to hear the gospel message, that brings hope, forgiveness,

and grace

A message that can set a captive free, and bring a heart-felt smile to light one’s face

Though there are many longings in my heart that still remain

From dwelling on thoughts that can lead to despair and hopelessness, I must choose

to refrain

As this year draws to an end, I reflect upon one thing I know to be true

That God’s love transcends any love I’ve ever known, for He came down to give

His life for me —and you

Copyright©2014 Mary K. Dalke/Living4HisGlory/Living For His Glory All rights reserved.

Updated January 5th, 2015 (Added more thoughts to my Introduction and another Scripture).

Thank you for stopping by! And thank you very much for taking the time to read some of my posts and poems.

A BLESSED HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

 

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I have truly enjoyed blogging for the past almost six years here on WordPress, and, Lord willing, I hope to continue for many years to come.

Just as WordPress put together an annual report for our blogs last year, the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for our blogs this year, as well, and I’d like to share that with you now.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

If you choose to view the report, you will see that the most viewed posts for 2014 were once again mainly the posts that I wrote in which I expressed my concerns about what has been taking place at my former church of almost 15 years —Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows. I hope and pray that God used me — and will continue to use me — to help and to encourage those of you who have been searching the Internet hoping to find information to confirm some of the concerns you may have about what has been happening there, and sadly, is continuing to happen there.

I want to again take a moment to tell all of you that I am not an angry or bitter person seeking to bash James MacDonald or Harvest Bible Chapel, but rather I am a person who ‘earnestly contends for the faith’ and who desires all Christians to be Bereans (Acts 17:11) by strongly encouraging them to  ‘examine the Scriptures daily to see if what is being said (and done by every teacher and preacher) is true,’ and to warn you to be followers of Jesus Christ and not followers of a man and his ministry so that none of you will be led astray. I am simply a concerned person who is trying  reach those of you who are now like I once was; confused, hurt, and disappointed in many of the decisions that James has made (and is still making), and I want to help confirm your concerns by providing information that you may not be aware of that you need to know about in order to help you discern what is taking place there. (For those of you who choose to classify me as a hater, I will be writing a poem (Lord willing) entitled ‘CALL ME A HATER‘  in 2015, so if you are interested in reading that, consider checking my blog out from time to time in the months to come).

If you look at the posts that I began writing in March of 2009 when I first set up this blog, you will see that the whole focus of my posts was sharing some of the painful experiences that I went through before I became a Christian and how God brought healing and hope to me after I discovered the good news of the gospel while reading His Word, the Bible. My intentions in writing those poems were to not only give glory to God for bringing me through all those heartbreaking and overwhelming circumstances in life, but also I wrote those poems hoping that God would use them to reveal truth to Catholics, as well as to encourage those of you who are presently going through heartbreak and rejection so that you might come to understand that you will find hope and healing, as well as forgiveness and true peace, through Jesus Christ alone.  However, after I began to see what was increasingly taking place in the name of ‘Christianity’ over the past five or so years, which was seeing many new age practices entering many  churches, I saw the need to begin writing posts in order to warn Christians about these things, as well. It was only after I left HBC in January of 2012 immediately following the Elephant Room 2 Conference, did I begin to write about HBCRM because it was my desire to reach those of you who were feeling so alone as I once felt because I thought I was the only one who had serious concerns about what was taking place there until my concerns were confirmed by the information I found on other blogs. Then, with the hope of reaching many of you who attend HBCRM in order to share my concerns with you, I wrote my first full post focusing on Harvest, entitled, WARNING YOU WITH TEARS, which became the most read post in 2012 thanks to a little Mega-Mouse on Twitter who uses his (or her?) tweets to express the valid concerns he (or she?) has by what he (or she) observes there.

I would just like to end this post by expressing my sincere appreciation to those of you who have been reading my blog over the past five years, and well as to those of you who took the time to share a few words of encouragement with me. Because of your encouragement and interest in reading these posts, it makes all the time and effort I put into writing them well worth it! Thank you once again!

God bless each of you in 2015! May you all come to an understanding of the depth of the love that He has for you, and I pray that a desire will grow within your hearts to seek Him and to know truth by reading and studying His Word so that you will never be led into spiritual deception!

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(UPDATED 12/29/14) Regardless of what side of the issue you may be on concerning celebrating or not celebrating Christmas, if you have been born again from above by the Spirit of God, please ‘make the most of this opportunity’ for God; this Christmas share the gospel with a friend or family member who does not truly know Jesus Christ, and please do it “with gentleness and respect” and in a way that will not only honor God, but also in a way that will reach someone and not repel them. Remember that ‘we are fighting a spiritual battle;’ it’s not you against Aunt Adelaide or Uncle Ubert (and, yes.. Ubert is actually a name), so don’t expect people to always be receptive to what you have to say.

Sometimes we think we have failed even though we have earnestly prayed for our loved ones and shared the gospel with them using many Scriptures as we did, trusting that God would open their minds to the truth. When it seems as if the words we spoke didn’t penetrate their heart, and we are left with the thought that the seeds we planted were simply cast to the wind, we grow discouraged and frustrated. It’s times like this that we must remember that salvation is a miracle of God from start to finish; we are the ones who simply step out in faith and plant the seeds by speaking the truth to them in love, and then God uses someone else to come along to water the seed. It’s God alone who gives the increase. Just be faithful to speak the truth in love, and trust God who loves them even more than you and I do, to do the work in their hearts that only He can do.

I have so much more that I’d like to say, but today is a day to spend with family and friends, so I will have to end now.

No matter where you stand on celebrating Christmas or not, if you are a true follower of Jesus Christ  take time out to express your appreciation to God for His greatest gift and the willingness of Jesus to enter our fallen world and to willingly die for our sins.

Merry Christmas from me to all of you! Thank you for your encouragement and your desire to stand with me to earnestly contend for the faith!

RELATED SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT ON

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” ( 2 Corinthians 9:15)

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God–children born nor of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:10-13)

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God.” (1 Peter 1:23)

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God…” (1 John 5:1)

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” (1 Peter 3:15)

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:2-6)

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”               (Ephesians 6:11-13)

“Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:45)

“What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, only God who makes things grow.”                             (1 Corinthians 3:5-7)

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seeds for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:9-11)

“The reason My Father loves me is that I lay down My life — only to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.” (John 10:17,18)

“First He said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them” (although the law required them to be made). Then He said, “Here I am, I have come to do Your will.” He set aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:8-10)

Thank you for stopping by from time to time to read my posts and poems! God bless you!

LORD WILLING, COMING SOON (BY DECEMBER 31st):

POEM — ‘CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS’

Capture Eyes with tears 1This is the second post in a new series of posts that I will be doing once a month on Wednesdays (I published this one a few minutes after midnight on Wednesday because of the final story I added, so it’s now actually Thursday, but on with my post…) so that I can make you all aware of some important information that I come across on the Internet that you may not have heard about. I have been trying to think of something that I could write on a regular basis that would be short and to the point (at least I’ll try to be), and since I am a detective-at-heart and desire to make you all aware of the importance of testing things in light of Scripture (Acts 17:11), the idea to do these posts — as well as the name — came to my mind in November of 2014, based on Acts 20:26-31:

“For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.”

So with that in mind, here are some of the things ‘d like to make you all aware of on this Wednesday:

When are some pastors going to go back to just preaching the Word and place their trust in God to grow the church and stop resorting to worldly methods in order to attract people in an attempt to grow their church! Sadly, I can really see some pastors of certain mega-churches — that many of us are well aware of — getting on board with this idea!

 

HERE’S a very good article by Mike Ratliff — ‘The Golden Calf of the Church Growth Movement”

God’s Word has a lot to say about the character traits of a godly elder. How many of us today can actually say that our pastor meets God’s standards for an elder regardless of how successful they may be in a worldly sense. Many of us have sadly watched the demise of Mark Driscoll’s ministry, and other ministries come to mind that fill us with serious concerns, as well. HERE’S a very good article on the subject written by Tim Challies that tells it like it is. (Stand Up For The Truth posted this on Facebook on Wednesday night December 3, 2014)

HERE’S  the latest concerning Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church. Please continue to pray for all the people who attended Mars Hill Church, especially those who have been emotionally and spiritually abused and devastated, and also pray for God’s will to be done concerning Mark Driscoll and that he will receive the proper and Biblical church discipline.

HERE’S another good article, entitled ‘The Bashing of the Bloggers’ written by Jordan Hall of ‘Pulpit and Pen,’ and expanded by Dustin Germain.

Some ‘Christian’ churches have added these to their sanctuaries claiming they will help those who desire to go deeper in their spiritual journey, and now a certain Christian University has also added one of THESE to their property. Unbelievable! But we must do all we can to be ‘relevant’ to reach today’s culture, regardless of the warnings in  Scripture against pagan practices, right? Wrong!

Do you know what they say is at the center of a labyrinth? Watch this video and you’ll discover the frightening truth!

 

Do you monitor the music your children are listening to? Do you also take the time to read the lyrics? Thanks to someone who used the search words “monstrance clock” which led them unintentionally to my site because I wrote about the “monstrance” worship in Catholicism, I decided to do my own ‘search’ to find out what exactly a monstrance clock is, and I discovered these >LYRICS< to a song that expresses a frightening call for unity!

Do you also monitor the cartoons and programs your children are watching? Something that seems so cute and innocent may be teaching your children something that is not so innocent. Take for example this extremely popular BBC pre-school program called WAYBULOO. It features adorable, huge-eyed characters called Piplings that interact with real children in each of their programs. The pre-school children who watch these shows in their homes will learn about sharing, and being thoughtful, and patient. However, then the time comes during these programs when the sound of wind chimes is heard and the Piplings call out, “Time for yogo!” Yogo is a gentle form of yoga, and the Piplings then instruct the children how to do different yogo poses.   I came across this information on Marcia Montenegro’s Facebook page, and you can read the controversy about these programs HERE.

Since I had never heard of this program before, I decided to do a search on YouTube for more Waybuloo videos to see if ‘yogo’ was just in that one particular episode, or if it is a consistent element in all of the programs they present to the pre-school children who watch the Waybuloo series. Upon finding and watching the following three hour video that has multiple episodes of this program, I came to realize that yogo indeed is a reoccurring feature in the Waybuloo programs.

Are you aware of everything your children are doing and learning while they’re at school all day? As you know, prayer is not allowed in many schools these days. However, you need to be aware of the fact that many schools are offering THESE classes, claiming they just want to “ease youth anxiety and stress.” I had to personally deal with something very similar when my children were in school in the 90’s! (Posted by Marcia Montenegro on December 2, 2014 on her Facebook page).

 If you are not aware of the occultic nature of yoga, when time allows, please watch the following video:

Florida’s capital is adding a new holiday display this year so that the Satanic temple can say “Happy Holidays” in their own unique way. After all, we live in a country where we all have the freedom to express ourselves, right? Unless, of course, you happen to be on CNN and express your faith in Jesus Christ like this NFL star did. Then you find out the truth; those of us who are true followers of Jesus Christ according to God’s Word, the Bible, who choose to express our faith in a public way, will be  silenced in a very rude way.  (Found out about both of these stories from Stand Up For The Truth).

On the other hand, if you happen to be an actor who starts his own religion, CNN will give you a write up about your spiritual journey and share your thoughts about “advanced spiritualism” with the world. (This story was posted by a person who shared this on Marcia Montenegro’s Facebook page).

Beware of false unity, because even if you’re the pope, this is not the unity and oneness that Jesus prayed for in John Chapter 17. Do not be deceived!

And speaking of the pope and unity, This mega-pastor not only recently referred to the pope as “Holy Father,” but also he had this to say concerning Christians and Catholics:

“We have far more in common than what divides us.”

I’m sorry, but nothing could be further from the truth! And if you are aware of the teachings of the Catholic church and know God’s Word well, I know you will agree with me!

If you’ve been wondering what Rob Bell has been up to lately since writing his very controversial book, ‘LOVE WINS,’ wonder no more. He’s busy bringing Americans to the New Age “Christ.” (Found this story on Lighthouse Trails). He also has his “OWN” television show starting on December 21st. (Found on Stand Up For The Truth).

Harvest Bible Chapel attendees and members: Remember when James made his announcement about partnering with TBN  in March 2014? The following video will refresh your memory:

HARVEST BIBLE CHAPEL ALERT: Well, if you were as grieved as I was to hear the news concerning James partnering with TBN, THIS NEWS will probably devastate and grieve you even more, as it did me! Please continue to pray for James; pray that God will give him eyes to see and ears to hear the truth concerning the wrong choices he has made and is continuing to make, and that his heart will finally be filled with a godly sorrow that will lead him to repent. One can only hope and pray that he has not hardened his heart to the point of no return.

 RELATED SCRIPTURES

“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)

“In fact everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived, But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”             (2 Timothy 3:12-17, 4:1-4)

“The Spirit clearly says that in latter times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:16,17)

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-9)

“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpents cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:2-4)

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”          (Isaiah 5:20)

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” (2 Corinthians 7:14-16)

“Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.” (Exodus 23:13)

“Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods. Do not let them live in your land. or they will cause you to sin against Me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you.” (Exodus 23:32,33)

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts you double-minded. Grieve, mourn, and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:4-10)

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)

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