Have you recently asked yourself “What in the world is going on?” If so, you are not alone. It seems when you watch the news, crazy things are happening. Division is not only rampant in our society, it is even being encouraged by some. It would seem that turning to lawlessness is gaining momentum. Calls for eliminating a major law enforcement agency so that our laws won’t have to be enforced seems unimaginable but yet we see it happening today. But should this surprise us? We are told in Matthew that, in the last days, lawlessness would abound. Lawlessness is where people pay no heed to the laws and they do as they please. Some Bible versions use the word wickedness or iniquity in place of lawlessness. The original Greek word is anomia which translates to unrighteousness or transgression of the law. We certainly see this happening in our society today. Along with lawlessness, deception will explode. False teachers will rise up to deceive people. On the outside they will display Christian appeal and charisma, but they will use the oldest trick in the book and inject just enough scripture into their lies to cause weak Christians to second guess their beliefs. BUT, have no fear! Because the scripture goes on to say “but he who endures to the end shall be saved”! Who are those “who endure to the end?” What empowers you to endure to the end is the Word of God, the Holy Spirit and God’s love abiding in you. You must have a good grasp on God’s Word because the only way to recognize a lie is to know the truth. And the Holy Spirit will prick your heart each time you are confronted with lies so that you can stand firm only on God’s Word. And last but not least, is the abiding love of God which endures all things! Don’t let these times we live in scare you! You have been equipped to endure!
10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. Matthew 24:10-13 (NKJV)
24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Matthew 7:24 (NLT)
27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:27 (NKJV)
7 love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NKJV)