Matthew 24:1-26

Matthew 24:1-26

This is what causes error in our thinking: because we do not take time to study the Scripture, and we do not take time to look at the power of God and how He interacts with our lives.How do you not be deceived? Hmm? Have you ever thought about that? With all that is going on in the world, how do you not be deceived? I’ve been deceived several times in my life. Well, you know why I was deceived? Because either I didn’t know the truth or I didn’t pay attention to the truth, and in many cases, we know the truth but we just don’t care about the truth because the truth is too hard. And especially since Jesus told us He was going to come again, and you know what? For many people, they don’t care. They’ve heard it, “Okay, yeah, so Jesus will going to come back. It’s not going to happen in my lifetime anyway.” Well, how do you know that?… It shows a great disregard for the truth. It shows that they’ve ignored the truth. I would almost rather be someone who has never heard the truth, than to be someone who knows the truth and has heard the truth and is just blatantly ignored it and forgot it…

Lord, when are You going to save me? When I’ve stood firm. When I have allowed for His Word to work in and through my life. When I have allowed for His Spirit to guide me and use me and make me a part of the work that He’s doing in this war-ridden, famine-ridden, earthquake-ridden earth. Now, I look around and I see those things happening and I say, “Praise God! It’s coming soon!” But really, I should be saying, “Praise God I can see these happening around me, and You’re still using me…”

This is what causes error in our thinking: because we do not take time to study the Scripture, and we do not take time to look at the power of God and how He interacts with our lives. If we would take time even to understand either one of those, we would be steps ahead…

You may have a bad day today, but guess what? It can be worse tomorrow. I guarantee it, it can be worse tomorrow. If you’re alive to tell us about it today, then I can guarantee you, it can be worse tomorrow. You’ve not seen the worst of your life, just as you’ve not seen the best of your life. The best of your life is going to be that day when you open your eyes and you’re looking Jesus in the face, and hearing those words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” and the worst of your life will be that moment when you’re staring death in the face and hearing it say, “Deny Christ or die.” That’s going to be the hardest choice, I believe, for any of us to make, and men have been making it for two thousand years now. Men have been making that choice, and it is a difficult choice to make because when you say, “I will not deny Christ,” men have died horrible, painful deaths. The rest of life is just life, when we praise God every moment that we have to live because it’s another moment that we have to share His love and His faithfulness, because the next guy may be going through even a worse time than we are…

[Jesus has] told them the truth. He’s told us the truth. We have it in writing. We know what we’re looking for. All we have to do is desire to know the truth and to pay attention to the truth. If you know the truth, you won’t be deceived. If you don’t care about the truth, if you ignore it, if you set it on a shelf, guess what? You’re leaving yourself open to deception.

Pastor Dave Elkins