6.5. Pleasure vs Terrible Times – Darkness – 5 of 13


Have you ever had the best time of your life!!! You might have been in love and life looked promising and rozy with so many options and adventure!!! There were hope in abundance!!!

On the other side of the coin; is the most terrible times in your life?

Everything just went south and you were sure the light at the end of the tunnel is surely a train that will obliterate you.

A movie “Unfaithful” comes to mind with Richard Gere and Diane Lane. By accident Diana meets this guy who help her and they have a marvelous fling, but then Richard finds out and is not willing to share his wife. The proverbial pawpaw hits the fan.

That is what sin is like. It look so innocent and enticing from the start, but then it turns into this monster that devours you. God in His wisdom knows that from the start and want to keep you from the pain and destruction, but we dive into it with eyes wide shut.

Let’s see what terrible times look like for God and compare it to our terrible times.

Verse for Today:

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 them.

Our whole society is focussed on loving ourselves first no matter what the consequences. Most movies in Holywood is about the guy or girl making their fortune in life and living happy ever after, with the actors who play in them having their real lives falls apart with divorce and drugs overdoses.

We are taught from when we were young to keep our head high and be proud about our lives, but is that what life is really all about?  We are quick to slander someone behind their back to our advantage. When that person has hurt you in your life, there is no reconsiliation and forgiveness.

If we look at the news, we can see our society is not the lovers of the good, but the evil. We don’t mind being conceited and wearing a mask that lies to other people, having the fear run in the back of our mind that people will reject us if they knew who we really were.

Even going to church but living a double life that nobody knows about.

I think the saying is true, your sin will find you out. (Numb 32:23) It will happen sooner or later.

So when God tells us about the terrible times and we don’t belive Him, it will only lead to our downfall.

What I did is to write down the definitions of these sins, how I can do these sins and how I can avoid them.

What will help you as well is to see what the consequences of these sins are whether good or bad.

Prayer for Today:

My goodness!!! Is loving pleasure a sin Lord!!! I do know that if that is the focus of my life it will end in disaster. Lord help me to make wise decisions about my life and not fall into temptation. Help to believe these things are terrible for me and not good as the world depicts. Amen.

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