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Devotion To God’s Word In These Last Days

   By Rich Carmicheal

    In his second letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul warns that “…in the last days perilous times will come:  for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, ­lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but deny­ing its power…” (2 Tim. 3:1-5).  Paul also warns that “evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (v. 13), and that the time will come when ­people “will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth…” (4:3-4).

    How sobering it should be for us as we realize that we are living in the midst of such days!  The spiritual breakdown is all around us, and tragically is not only in the world, but in the lives of many in the church as well!

    This is, therefore, a time to be fully alert as we are in the final season before the return of the Lord.  It is a time to be on our guard lest we get caught in any way in the downward spiral of the world.  Jesus sends us into ­the world to minister, but we are not of the world (John 17:15-18).  We are to stand in contrast to the world as the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matt. 5:13-16).  What hope is there for the world if God’s people lose their way, if the salt loses its flavor, if the light grows dim, if there is a form of godliness but no power?  Though many in the world may hate us, this is an hour to stand in sharp contrast to the world, to live our lives fully pleasing to the Lord, and to minister His truth and grace to those around us.  We are to “become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom [we] shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life…” (Phil. 2:15-16). 

Scripture Is Vital

    One key to all of this is our devotion to the written Word of God.  In the midst of Paul’s warnings in Second Timothy, he gives this exhortation:  “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteous­ness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (3:14-17).  The Bible is absolutely vital to living a godly life and to being equipped for ministry, both to the world and to fellow believers.  Because the Bible is God’s Word, it carries His power and brings spiritual life to us and to our ministry to others.  How sad, then, that so many of God’s people are not spending time in the Bible – reading, studying, memorizing, taking to heart, and putting into practice all that the Lord shares there.

    No matter what your devotion is at present to the Word of God, we in the Herald office hope that this issue, which focuses on the Word of God, will stir and equip you to a great appreciation and devotion to it.  So much is at stake in our own lives and in the lives of ­others in these last days.  It is the hour for the Word of Christ to dwell in us richly (Col. 3:16).  It is the hour for grand­parents and parents to plant the Word in the hearts of their grandchildren and children, as did Lois and Eunice toward Timothy (2 Tim. 1:5; 3:14-15).  It is the hour to remove all distractions and receive the Word into our hearts as seed in good soil, that it may bear fruit, thirty, sixty or a hundredfold (Mark 4:20).  It is the hour to “be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).  It is the hour for preachers to be so full of the Word, that they preach the Word, being ready in season and out of season to reprove, rebuke and exhort (4:2).  It is the hour to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them and teaching them to observe all things that Christ has commanded us (Matt. 28:19-20).

    May we this very day renew our devotion to God’s Word, that it may work powerfully in us and through us! 

We Hope to Hear from You Soon!

    Thank you to everyone who helps the Herald ministry share the message of the Lord through your prayers, financial gifts and encouragement.  The Lord is working through your support to enable this ministry to encourage and edify many dear brothers and sisters in Christ, and to reach out to the lost.  We thank Him for allowing the Herald to be one of His messengers in these last days, and we praise Him that the word He sends forth does not return to Him void, but accomplishes His purposes (Isa. 55:11).  To Him be all the glory!  And may He give us the grace to carry on this precious work.

    With all of this in mind, we hope to hear from you soon.  You may write to a local office (see the bottom of page 10) or to the main Herald office in the U.S. at this address: 

Herald of His Coming
P.O. Box 279
Seelyville IN 47878
U.S.A.

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