“The Painful Slide”

Posted: September 18, 2010 in 2 Timothy, Christian Life, Christianity, God's Will

  It still hurts when I vicariously think about the day my friend slid down an old wooden slide only to have a huge sliver penetrate the upper part of his leg. “Ouch” doesn’t begin to describe the excruciating pain he had to endure until the doctor extracted it. Slides can be very dangerous. They are designed to give us a quick thrill by taking us downward. Think about some water slides that propel people downward at great speeds. Or think about the time you slid into home base while playing baseball. The bruise may have lasted for a long time.

  Man’s Downward Slide. Without help from God, mankind always degenerates morally and spiritually. Jesus said, “Without Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Believe it or not, you need others and they need you and your services. Imagine having a million dollars. Then think what it would be like if there were no one to provide for you what your money could buy. That has happened and will happen again someday when people cast their silver and gold into the streets because it is worthless (Ezekiel 7:19). “For what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul [in hell]” (Mark 8:36)? There is no way to get out of that place once you go there.

  The Law. The second law of thermodynamics is an expression of the universal principle of decay observable in nature. The sinful nature of man likewise gets worse with time, not better. Those who lived according to their conscience for 1,600 years before the flood of Noah’s day ended up doing evil continually (Genesis 6:5). The conscience is not the best guide in life. God’s Word is (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). But unless you understand what the Bible says about the seven different rules of life (Dispensations), you could end up confused and unproductive throughout your life (2 Timothy 2:15).

  Evolution. It defies common sense and logic and yet, because of man’s stubborn pride and sinful nature, many people choose to believe the theory of evolution. You and I weren’t there when it all began. We must believe what we do by faith. I think that it takes too much faith to believe that everything came into being by chance. By believing the lie of evolution some people think they can escape having to give an account to the Creator God.

  Inevitable. “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). There is an exception to this general rule. Do you know what it is? It has to do with our dying (1 Corinthians 15:51), not with our having to face judgment someday. Do you know who the Judge will be (John 5:22)? In which resurrection and judgment will you participate? Then what happens? (If you’d like to learn more about this, we have a chart on our web site with the five resurrections mentioned in the Bible).

  Self Love. Nowhere is Scripture are we told to love ourselves. We do it naturally. Old Testament believers were instructed to love God first and then love others as they loved themselves (Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:37-39). That was the best they could do.

  New Standard. Just before going to the cross to die for our sins and rise again on the third day, Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment. It involved loving other believers as Christ had loved them (John 13:34, 35). He, the God-man became the standard by which we are to love others.

  Love. This Divine quality of love is produced by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22) in the lives of Spirit filled Christians (Ephesians 5:18). Not all Christians are filled with the Spirit. But they can be filled, should be filled, and should be filled continually. If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Are you a “secret Christian” who is ashamed of Jesus? If you deny Him, He will deny you.  To deny Him is to say “No” to Him.  (2 Timothy 2:12). Don’t ask God for favors if you don’t do what He wants you to do.

  Covetousness. The second characteristic that describes the people living in the last days (2 Timothy 3:2) is an inordinate desire for the accumulation of money and things. “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…” (1 Timothy 6:10). Never content with what they have, some people burn the candle at both ends and die prematurely. They leave it all behind. Have you ever seen a hearse pulling a trailer to the cemetery? The foolish Pharaohs thought the things deposited in their graves would be secure. The ingenious grave robbers depleted many of those things.

  Boasters. They’re not people boosters, but boasters who try to impress others with their accomplishments and superiority in the pecking order of life. Have you ever filled out a job application? Did you inflate your credentials to impress the one who might employ you? Have you ever met someone with a D.M.N. degree? “What’s that?” you ask. It may sound impressive to some folks but it stands for “Don’t Mean Nothing.” You wouldn’t have known this apart from my telling you what it meant. If you are a specialist in one area of science it means that you know more and more about less and less. Not all those with a Ph.D. degree are wise or knowledgeable in all other areas of life and living. Are you being taught the Bible from someone who doesn’t really believe in it or who twists it to make it say what he wants it to say (2 Peter 3:16)? Beware!

  Inflation. We all tend to exaggerate and inflate our abilities. We want others to be impressed with us and like us. But we’d make more friends if we focused our attention on others rather than trying to get them to focus on us. We’ve been told that the sweetest sound to another person is his own name. Be genuinely interested in others.

  Pride. Many people are proud of their race, face, and place in life. Folks, there is only one race, the human race. We all descended from Adam and Eve, and later from Noah and his three sons. Do you have a problem with pride? If we’re honest, we’d have to confess that we tend to be proud sometimes. Pride led to the fall of Lucifer (Ezekiel 28:17). It can ruin us too (Proverbs 16:18). It keeps many people from trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. But unbelief is the sin that keeps people out of heaven (John 16:8-11). In whom or upon what does your faith rest? Is it in yourself, your good works, or in the Christ of the Scriptures who died for your sins and rose again bodily from the grave?

  Blasphemers. Using God’s name in vain is forbidden in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:7). Perhaps you’ve never thought about this but ordering God to do something that He isn’t obliged to do is also blasphemy. Foul language can be heard everywhere these days. When you hear someone saying, “God d… you,” that is blasphemy. But charismatic preachers can be guilty of this too. When they tell (demand) God to heal a person, that is blasphemy. He is not indebted to any man. Furthermore, God may be using a sickness or a weakness to chasten His child (1 Corinthians 11:30; Hebrews 12:5, 6). We don’t demand things from God, we humbly ask for favors. The indiscriminate use of the words, “God bless you” can also be blasphemy. The Psalmist tells us that God blesses those who don’t walk according to the counsel of the ungodly, nor who stand in the path of sinners, nor who sit down and enjoy the company of those who scoff at God and others (Psalm 1:1). Are you guilty of blasphemy? With whom do you feel comfortable?

  Rebellion. In the Old Testament times an unruly son could be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 21:18-21). To the surprise of those in Christ’s audience, the rebellious, prodigal son was forgiven and restored back into fellowship with his father (Luke 15:11-32). What a demonstration of grace toward someone who didn’t deserve such love. Many families perpetuate lawless behavior on to their descendants because they refuse to submit themselves to the loving heavenly Father (Exodus 20:5). He doesn’t become your Father until you trust in His Son as your Savior. Perhaps you have children and grandchildren who are defiant toward you and others. Maybe it’s because you’re defiant toward God. Maybe you are the real problem. Sorry? No, I’m not. If you’re guilty you need to repent. Then you might get some peace and quiet in your home. Children often reflect their parents in their attitudes and behavior. That is scary.

  Ungratefulness. Once when my nephew was in grade school, the teacher was talking about Thanksgiving. My nephew asked, “Who should we thank?” The teacher wouldn’t acknowledge God and so she said, “Just be thankful.” How foolish. Benefits come from benefactors. God is the ultimate source of all good things (James 1:17). We should praise God from whom all blessings flow. How often do you do that?

  Moral Impurity. Being an ingrate can lead you into a moral cesspool as it did the people of people in Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18, 19; Romans 1:18-32). You should take time to read what happened to them and what is likely to happen again. Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are multiplying and getting out of control. King Solomon warned his son of the dangers of promiscuity (Proverbs 5, 7). But he fell into the trap himself. With 700 wives and 300 concubines he may have died from a ravishing sexually transmitted disease (1 Kings 11:3). God planned for one man to have one wife for life (Genesis 2:21-23). Having a “fling” might fling you out much farther than you ever imagined it could. It’s not worth the temporary enjoyment of sinful behavior. Find your delight in your own spouse, not in another person’s spouse. The grass that looks greener on the other side of the fence could cause you to die a slow and very painful death (Proverbs 5:11).

  More? This doesn’t end the list of things mentioned by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3.  As time progresses spiritual darkness will increase. God’s Word is light and truth (John 17:17). It has answers for those who desire to live in the light (2 Peter 1:3). Sadly, many choose to live in spiritual darkness because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:19). Eternal darkness and pain awaits unbelievers (Matthew 25:30) . Will you be one of them?

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