Signs of the Times: Pleasure Before God

2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV
3 But know this, that in the last days [a]perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, [b]unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
If it feels good then do it! That is the mantra that many are living by today, after all, as they say, YOLO! (You only live once!) That is the deception that Paul talks about, a generation of people who are pleasure seekers more than they love and seek God.
This is a generation that is driven by self and to them, nothing is taboo as long as it brings them pleasure. There is no self-control, no boundaries, rules are there to be broken, this is the generation where everyone finds their truth and they pursue it as long as it brings them pleasure.
Even in Church, it becomes about self and we want things that will entertain us. The worship becomes about us and our gifting and not about the God we purport to worship. If the sermons do not stroke our egos and make us feel good then we will move on to the next church where we can hear what our itching ears want to hear.
Loving God and serving him comes with disciplines in life that we must hold on to. To serve God is to not give in to the desires of the flesh. To love God is to allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit of God and to put to death all the desires of the flesh. It is about God and not self to love God and to serve him means dying to self.
As the Bible says, may we seek after the kingdom of God first above anything else. May we run after God and die to ourselves, may we seek to please him in all our ways.
Reflections
What are your thoughts on this statement? “Follow your heart and do what makes you happy!”
What are some subtle pleasures the enemy is deceiving many to pursue today?
What must you do to strengthen your faith?
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