"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money.....unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving" (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
Surely these days are upon us! But just as certain is this -- the Spirit of God is also upon us!! And though we live in perilous times, we still may discern a pathway to power, and walk its unerring route to a life that is above the common.
We even have true and proven signs posted for us to insure that our feet will not falter as we keep in step with the Spirit.
Yesterday we talked about LOVE, the mark of God's Presence. To carry this thought a step further, let's look today at what Paul wrote, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control" (Galatians 5:22).
This is the pathway to power in perilous times.
This verse shows us that when the Holy Spirit is given to us, then the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. And in turn that will produce the fullness of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives -- which will stand in sharp contrast to the spirit of the age.
Though there be many who fall to the lure of lesser things, the Holy Spirit can lift us up and lead us on to that which is highest and best. Our lives can be a light that shines brightest in the darkest night.
We'll talk more about what this actually looks like this tomorrow.