Friday, March 27
Today's reading: 2 Timothy 3:1-9
If I didn't know better, I'd think Paul had the 21st century in mind as he wrote 2 Timothy 3:1-9. His words so accurately depict the general attitude and mindset of the world today. While Paul gives us information about what to expect with regard to end-times, he also puts before us, quite clearly, an example of the mindset and behaviors God doesn't want to see in us or coming out of us as believers.
Wouldn't it be nice if these types of sinful behaviors were no longer part of our lives once we received Christ as our Savior? Unfortunately, that isn't the case. We all still have that sin nature in us, and it's constantly warring against our desire to do what's right and good. And oh the allure of that subtle and sinful inner voice that tells us life should be all about us and whatever we want (Romans 7:14-25).
Take a look back over Paul's list of behaviors and identify one or two areas you have a propensity to stumble in (for me it's pride and self-centeredness). Do a little self-assessment to see how you're doing. Then ask God to help you resist the temptation to slide back into that particular behavior and to avoid the others in this list. Tami
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