2 Timothy 3:13 A Description Of The World

while evildoers and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:13

Over time many people believe that some nations have gotten better in how they do things or think. One group is described as being progressive, in that they are progressing on being better and making life better for people everywhere.

As they are saying things are getting better for people, things also appear to be getting worse. Crime rates continue to go up, while things are supposed to be getting better.

Right after telling Timothy that a believer will be persecuted, Paul tells Timothy that evil and fake people will continue to get worse. They will get worse, because they deceive and are being deceived.

Groups that are saying things are getting better are deceived and being deceived at the same time. When sin is openly allowed and promoted, the world believes that things are getting better. They want people to believe that the more one sins, the better he is.

In many nations around the world, people who are standing up for truth and holiness are being portrayed as evil and haters. The world is deceived into thinking that sin is good and that God is not real. And not only does the world think that way, they also tell others the same.

This deceptive way of thinking is going to get worse and worse. Without God, there is no way that the deceptive ways of the world will improve.

Every believer needs to be alert to the deceptive talk of this world. They do not want to be caught up in the sin and death of this world, but be promoting God’s love and holiness. The believer who does not stay in God’s word, will be deceived into false teachings.

When you hear of teachings by others, you must be quick to check it against God’s word. Seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide you into His truth and holiness, rather into the deceptive ways of this world.

As you stick close to God, you will begin to recognize the deceptive words of this world and flee from all sin. You will be able to speak God’s truth and be ready for the persecution that will come from the evil doers of this world.

Until the day Jesus returns, things on this earth will not get better. However, with God you will be able to survive and thrive in God’s kingdom and truth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s truth in your life; that God will open your eyes to the deceptive ways of this world; that God will give you strength to withstand the persecution from the world; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world.

Marriage Vows: I Do

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One of the things that people look forward to in going to a wedding ceremony is waiting for the marriage vows to be said. When the vows are said, it completes the marriage ceremony and the couple are then married. It becomes official.

Although there is nothing in the bible about having to say a marriage vow when one gets married, there is nothing against the bible in saying a vow. All a vow is, is making a promise. It is promising that you will do or not do something. It is committing oneself to something or someone.

In a wedding ceremony the common traditional marriage vow goes somewhat like this:

“I, ___, take thee, ___, to be my wedded husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith [or] pledge myself to you.”

Some have changed the wording some, but this is the basic standard of a traditional wedding vow or promise.

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When you look at this vow, you will see that it covers everything possible in a marriage–better/worse, richer/poorer, sickness/health. Every marriage will go through every one of these at some point or another. It is human nature to do better or worse, be richer or poorer, and have times of sickness or good health.

Every person who goes into a marriage must realize that these things will occur. There will be times of great joy and happiness, when everything is going perfectly. There will also be times of struggle and pain. Neither one should stop a marriage.

All of these things are done because of love. The next part of the vow is to love and cherish the spouse.

Love comes from God. Remember God is love. God loves you with a perfect, undying love. That love is a love that loves you no matter what, better/worse, richer/poorer, sickness/health. There will be times of better, worse, richer, poorer, sickness and health as you walk this life on this earth. God’s love for you remains the same. He keeps His promise to love you for all eternity.

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The same love God has for you is to be brought into a marriage. There will be times that will be better and there will be times that will be worse. There will be times that will be richer and times that will be poorer. There will be health as well as sickness. None of these things should change a marriage and the vows to each other.

As you are going through life married and begin to face some tough times, the worse times, look back to your vow at the beginning. Think about why you were willing to say ‘I do’ to those vows. Hold on to that reason. Keep loving and cherishing your spouse, regardless of what your spouse says or does.

It will not always be easy, but then life is not easy either. Walking with God is not always easy. There are always tough choices to make. There are always difficult times to walk through when walking with God. It is a walk of faith.

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Your marriage is a walk of faith with God. You are trusting that your spouse will be faithful and continue to love you, just as God has faith that you will be faithful and love Him as He loves you.

When you said ‘I do’ you made a promise. Now work at keeping that promise and don’t give up.

Thank you for continuing with me on this journey at looking at marriage. Next week I will look at the husband and his responsibility in a marriage. Have a blessed marriage in our Lord Jesus Christ! See you next week as we continue this journey.