Perilous Times and Perilous Men

November 14, 2012

Reposted from the Cracked-Pot.

But know this, 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, slanders, without 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. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

Perilous, chalepos; Strong’s #5467. Harsh, savage, difficult, dangerous, painful, fierce, grievous, hard to deal with. The word describes a culture that is barren of virtue but abounding with vices.

The Apostle Paul exhorts Timothy and us to continue our walk in Christ, standing fast in the face of increased evil. Now as then, people are characterized by all kinds of self-centered and unnatural perversions. Some will speak Christianize to maintain an outward pretense, but all the while refusing the reality of what the Christian faith expresses.

The power denied by them is the heart of Christianity—the fact of a risen Redeemer, the truth of the inspired (God breathed) Word of God and the indwelling and overflowing of the gift of the Father, the person of the Holy Spirit; who works within believers and transforms their lives to image of Christ.

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What’s In A Name?

November 2, 2012

By Manny Rodriguez

He who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

There are nearly forty self-revealing names for God in the Old Testament. In these names, we can grow in the knowledge of God’s nature and character. In just two verses of Psalm 91 three titles of God are given besides the personal name of the Lord (Yahweh, YHVH or four-lettered name in Hebrew. ) Elyon, (the Most High), Shaddai (the Almighty), and Elohim (here meaning “the Sublime God.”) Almighty, shadday– Strong’s #7706. All powerful; when it appears as ‘El Shadday, it is “God Almighty.” The all-sufficient God; in Him all fullness dwells, and out of His constant fullness His own receive all things. El sets forth God’s Almightiness, and Shaddai, His exhaustless bounty; i.e., the all-bountiful One.

This is the name by which the patriarchs (Gen. 17:1; Ex.6:3) knew God. Sheh-day or Shadday is therefore the all-sufficient God, eternally capable of being all that His people need.   Hopefully that will put some wind in your sail.

(You can see Manny’s Word studies here.)


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