Godliness is being and thinking like God. It comes to us via the Spirit of God. We cannot generate it on our own.
3 No one can be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.
The most damaging thing that has been done to our generation is offering them a Gospel that is based on a one-time event: If we pray a prayer asking God to forgive us of our sins, then we will be saved. Salvation is SO MUCH MORE than that! Jesus put it like this: “Follow Me.” If we are not interested in following Him, then let’s forget about calling ourselves Christians (which means, “little christs” or “Christ imitators”).
“having a form of godliness but denying its power.” 2 Timothy 3:5
We can go to church, we can claim to be His, but it all comes down to “the walk.” Are we really listening to Him and doing what He tells us?
We start with His spoken Word, the Bible, especially the New Testament. It reveals His New Covenant (NC) and is the filter for how we interpret the OC (Old Covenant). The NC is all about Him coming to live with us (in our hearts) and guiding us day by day, continuously. We live in a constant state of repentance, of a multitude of course corrections. In the old days, a ship’s captain would use star charts each night to check his course. He would make small changes each night according to the stars. We do the same as the Spirit prompts us. What kinds of things indicate that someone is claiming to be something he is not?
3:1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love unforgiving slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
We are known by our fruit. What (or Who) is in our heart will be displayed in how we live. It’s not about the rules; it’s about a personal, working relationship with Jesus Christ with Him as LORD. Let’s worship Him together this morning at our respective places of worship.