2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
Life throws many obstacles in the believer’s path. Oftentimes, these obstacles cause people to stumble and err from the truth. In fact, the Bible prophesies of the absence of people who are able to endure sound doctrine during the last days. Unfortunately, this is a major stumbling block and a lofty hurdle for modern Christianity to overcome. The typical Christian deems the Bible too difficult. He is more at ease avoiding it like the plague. In truth, the Bible is a difficult book. Yet, it is difficult not because of hard words, but because of the hard truths contained within its pages. The Bible is not likened to a sword in vain—it pierces the heart and reveals man’s deepest and darkest secrets. The sword does its most efficient work through Bible reading, Bible preaching, and Bible teaching. Yet, regardless of the path truth travels, believers must be able to endure sound doctrine.
· (For children): When mom says, “It’s time for bed,” the Bible clearly instructs how you should react. The Bible says, “Children, obey your parents in all things.” Ask God to help you love Him, love His word, and obey your parents.
· (For everyone): Are you constantly offended by the truths of God’s word? Are you angry when the preacher preaches against things you know are personally contrary to God’s word and will for your life? Do you find that being shown Bible verses contrary to your lifestyle annoys you?
· Do you treasure the scripture? Do you find joy in learning from its pages? Are you willing to let the Bible change you?
· Ask God to give you a love for His word like that of the one who penned Psalm 119.
·Ask God to soften your heart to the truths of His word.
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