Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 26th

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Are We Lovers of God? 2 Timothy 3:4 “Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.”

It is the best of times and the worst of times. We have advances in technology, science, medicine, transportation, and instant access to good books, sermons, and Bible study resources like never before in the history of the world. However, in our golden age of information access, we are rejecting God, rejecting the Bible, rejecting Jesus and worshiping science and self. Our country is like the time of the judges when Judges 17:6 “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” A complete moral collapse is taking place. People realize that if you reject the Bible, there are no moral absolutes, no right or wrong. You can do what you want, and if anyone says anything about it, they are committing a hate crime. Everything is acceptable today except being an outspoken Bible believing Christian.

In 2 Timothy 3:1-9 the Apostle Paul discussed the times in which we live. Consider what he says and how is compares to our world today: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth; men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.”

Four times the word “lovers” is used in these verses. There are “lovers of self, lovers of money and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”

The world has so many pleasures instantly available to people today that many get into a rigid and inflexible habit of indulging in pleasure. Not all pleasures are bad. God has given us many pleasures to enjoy such as food, sleep, hobbies, books, and entertainment. However, even acceptable pleasures become sinful if you pursue them to the neglect of what is commanded in the Bible.

Take some time to the talk to the Lord this week about how you are using your time. Ask yourself some of these questions: Is the love of pleasure keeping me from faithfully reading and studying my Bible? Is the love of pleasure making me not attend church faithfully or be involved in serving and giving to the Lord on His day? What changes do you need to make to demonstrate to the Lord and others that you are a lover of God, rather than a lover of pleasure? When you ponder standing before the Lord what will you wish you would have done more in this life?

Eternity is approaching quickly for all of us. Let’s not be lulled to sleep on the pillow of worldly pleasure to that we wake up after death only to discover we have wasted our life for things that have produced no eternal reward. Let us be lovers of God, rather than lover of pleasure.

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