Are you seeing the signs of the times? Are you putting the wrong things first? Are you worshipping someone or something other than God? Do you realize the uncertain times? Are you watching governments and countries starting to quarrel or fall? The writing will be on the wall when we see the signs of the times…
4And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of sorrows.
–from Matthew 24
In Daniel’s time when the king was becoming too proud to the point of bringing out the special items from the temple and allowing the people at his party to use them, this is when the writing on the wall appeared to the King and require he call for Daniel to help interpret for him.
25“This is the inscription that was written:
mene, mene, tekel, parsin
26“Here is what these words mean:
Mene : God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
27 Tekel : You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
28 Peres : Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
–from Daniel 5
We need to walk with humility! We need to keep our focus on the real purpose! We need to be worshipping and glorifying God in all we say and do! Don’t set yourself up for troubles by allowing pride to trip you up! Don’t be an adversary to God! Be an ambassador for Him!
Stand up for what is right! Stand up for what is just! Do what is good and what is just! Stand up for what you believe in! Consider Daniel who first got thrown into the fiery furnace with his friends and then as we read in today’s reading from Daniel 6, gets thrown into the den of lions because of people trying to manipulate the situation and the king. Be careful of people who try to sweeten you up in order to manipulate you into doing something that will have grave consequences! Put and keep your trust in God no matter what happens! Put your hope and trust in God even when the world seems to be coming against Him! God’s got a plan and a purpose and we know that in the end, victory and justice belong to the Lord! Even when man can’t rescue you, God can! So let’s live in alignment to God’s will and purpose! Let’s not be swayed but rather let’s live in a way to glorify Him and also be found right in His eyes. Others may look for ways to convict you and some may even try to setup rules that would try to trip you up, but God knows and can hear your calls and cries. God is our salvation! God is with us! There is but one God! His love endures forever! Let us not forget! Let’s share so that others will remember!
Let’s not be proud or haughty! Be at peace and be calm and quieted so that you can be content! Put your trust in God!
Let’s praise the Lord! Let us all praise Him! Let’s praise Him for He is good! Let’s praise the God because He is great! Let’s praise God all the earth! Let’s praise the God for He is good His love endures forever! Let’s trust in God and praise Him!
Let’s be prepared! Let’s hold tight to the truth rather than what others try to find and hear!
So let’s read together the last 2 parts of our reading from the New Testament…
1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
6For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
9Do your best to come to me quickly, 10for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 12I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.
14Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.
16At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lionʼs mouth. 18The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
19Greet Priscilla and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus. 20Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus. 21Do your best to get here before winter. Eubulus greets you, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers and sisters.
22The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.
–2 Timothy 4
The writing’s on the wall! Don’t you see how people turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths! There are so many who don’t want to hear or believe in the truth! So don’t give up! Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. Finish the race! Press on to the end! Trusting in God thru it all in Jesus name I pray!
1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker— 2also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home:
3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
4I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, 5because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. 6I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. 7Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lordʼs people.
Paulʼs Plea for Onesimus
8Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, 9yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus— 10that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. 11Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.
12I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you. 13I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. 14But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. 15Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever— 16no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.
17So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. 20I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. 21Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
22And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.
23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. 24And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.
25The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Let’s serve the people God has brought into our lives so that we can point them back to Jesus and be restored!