In this eight-part companion series to his book Never Give Up, Dr. Dr. Michael Youssef encourages us to embody Paul’s unwavering confidence in the Gospel. Digging deep into the apostle’s letter known as 2 Timothy, Dr. Youssef exhorts believers everywhere to do all we can to remain true to Christ.
I hope and trust that you are as challenged and encouraged and motivated by this series of messages never give up based on the exaltation of the apostle paul to timothy. And I want you to write to me, tell me how God is using this unique series of messages to impact you. God bless mm hmm. In the end of Chapter two, in the beginning of Chapter three we literally see the apostle paul right before our eyes makes an extremely sharp turn. You can actually call it a U. Turn, but it’s a sharp turn from what he was saying to timothy in the first two chapters and do what he’s saying here. In this third chapter, he talks in the first two chapters to timothy who was pastoring the church in Ephesus as he’s speaking to all of the future leaders of the church of jesus christ and he’s telling about what’s going on right now at that moment in history where they are and to make this sharp turn and says in the last days and here he makes a prophetic word, a prophetic instruction about what will happen in those last days in the scripture, Generally speaking The last days represented any time from the first coming of Christ to his second coming. That was always called the last days but 2000 years into it. We certainly are much closer to the second coming than we are ever where they’ve ever been before. And those characteristics that he describes here in second timothy chapter three, verses 1 to 9 have no doubt existed in the time of the apostle Paul in the first century. But here’s the difference, here’s the difference we’re gonna see these dreadful days, these dreadful characteristics to be on the increase to grow in intensity, to experience it almost on a daily basis. In fact The best description and the best understanding of this. It comes from the lips of Jesus in Matthew chapter 24. The Lord jesus christ said Of course there’s always been earthquakes and there’s always been wars, there’s always been this environmental catastrophes always. But the Lord jesus christ explained to us that in the last days all of these things are going to increase in frequency and jesus said, it’s like a woman and a child birth as the labor pains intensify, as the labor pains become more frequent. You know that the baby is about to be born. Those are the words of jesus and that is mean that baby birth, he’s referring to his return to his second coming. And what we’re seeing today is that evil has been so intensified far more deeply entrenched all across the globe, not just in America. What we are seeing today is that evil now being accepted and glorified. What we’re seeing today is more than any other time. It’s not just small pockets of rebellion here and there. But what we are seeing now is that the whole world is in turmoil, Jesus said, I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not overcome it. But he did not say that his people will be free from spiritual danger or even harm. On the contrary, he said, be aware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing. But inwardly they are ravenous wolves. A friend of mine in Australia used to say yes, wolves come in sheep’s clothing, but of late they have taken their clothes off. Mhm And so in verse one of chapter three, the Apostle Paulus said takes a sharp turn by the word, but it’s a conjunction but and it indicates literally a change of direction from the current situation to what is coming towards the end of time, paul said, realize this or understand this, or don’t be surprised about this or this will come to pass for certain. In other words, don’t let that stuff melt your heart when you see it. In fact, there is a deeper meaning for the word that he uses here. It is used when somebody is surrounded by wild beasts or raging sea. It gives the idea of a fierce situation. Uh and certainly we’re seeing a fierce situation right now, it gives the idea of a situation, it’s so hard to cope with. And that is why I want to tell you at the outset, no matter how hard these days, maybe no matter how trying those times may become, no matter how challenging the situation is God was is and always be on his throne God was and is and always will be for his people that God was is and always will be ready to give us victory in the midst of trouble. This is not a time for our hearts to melt. It is not time to begin to say things are getting hard, I better watch what I’m saying, this is not a time for for us to do that, it is time for the church of jesus christ and to rise up and be the army of the living God. And verses 2-9 paul gives us a sketch, it’s a portrait of these people who will trouble, who will trouble, not only us, but all the believers, they will trouble the believers. I want to summarize them in three ways to to help you understand, first of all, he says about these people. Uh he talks about the moral conduct, the moral conduct and secondly, he talks about the religious zeal, Yeah, yeah, they all have religious zeal. And thirdly, he talks about the militant fanaticism in three verses short three verses The apostle paul gives us 19 characteristics 19 expressions by which he describes the wickedness of the people who are responsible for causing us pain or causing us heartache. The first and the last is almost like the two bookends the first and the last summarize what’s inside those 19 characteristics First is the love of self is going to be so obvious is going to be so prominent, is going to be so explosive. And the last is that they’re not lovers of God and everything is in between 17 other characteristics. In fact, four out of the 19 descriptions uses the word love. Oh, but it is a misplaced love. It’s misplaced love. I have heard more talk about love in the last few years. Then all of my life and past life combined. And yet it is almost always misdirected love. It’s almost always selfish love. It’s almost always indulgent love. It’s almost always promoted love, love of self, love of money, love of indulgence. Then the other 15 descriptions of what is happening in our society today, we see it happening today. The breakdown of relationships between people, please those who love themselves so much become proud, an arrogant and abusive. The next five descriptions are seen in many a home in the world outside of the believing people of God seeing Children disobedience to their parents instead of respect to their parents as the bible commands. Now, can I have a word with the young people, Your parents are not perfect. Your parents like me, I’m not always right, but there are your leaders under God, You do not have to agree with them. You don’t have to agree with every decision they make. You don’t have to analyze every decision they make and you do not have to contradict every statement they make, but God said, I didn’t say it. God said obey your parents for that is right. That’s what he said period. He did not say they are always right, no, no, no, but your obedience is always right. Unless you are in a situation of what we see on television or read in the papers were dreadful twisted parents who want their kids to do wrong things. And since then then you say, God has to come first, it has to be obeyed first. God said honor your father and mother and do it now less the time come and you regret it. Not only disobedience is going to be so prevalent toward the end of time, but also ungrateful nous ungrateful nous my goodness gracious. There will be devoid of appreciation. The greatest habit that you can develop is the habit of gratitude and thankfulness to your parents. Be thankful for what your parents do for you and give to you and don’t take them for granted, paul said the one thing that will help us realize that we’re living in the last days is when you see Children devoid of moral affection, I know that’s not the case in christian homes, love affection, gratitude, respect often characterized the good and godly families that I know in this church, but what you need to know and what you need to do is to remind our Children. That is not always the case in other homes and while they come across situations in school and sports where the things are very different. They need to help them. They need to share the light of christ with them. Stay tuned for the conclusion of Dr Yousef’s message in just a moment, learn the keys to spiritual endurance, overcome spiritual burnout and train up the next generation to stand firm on biblical truth with Dr Yousef’s new book. Never give up Dr Michael Yousef unpacks paul’s rich words of encouragement found in second timothy words that will help you endure flourish and thrive in the midst of doubt, danger and despair in this encouraging book, Dr yusef unveils four unique aspects of what it means to never give up Biblical truth. A timely message. As christians around the world face mounting pressure to compromise their faith and abandon their biblical values, request your copy today for your gift of any amount. And received two bonus resources exclusively from leading the way. Be empowered to live for christ and learn how to leave a lasting legacy of faith for the next generation. Order your copy of Dr Yousef’s newest book. Never give up today by giving a gift of any amount, contact us today and now, the conclusion of Dr Yusuf’s message. Never give up self loving in the last days. The remaining words here in this catalog go beyond the family. They got to the culture at large. They go beyond Children or parents. It go it goes for the whole society and it is back biting and scandal mongering and lack of self control. The words jump out of the pages here because an increase in the back biting. An increase in scandal mongering results from the absence of restraint. The results from absence of moral decency and the absence of the truth. And my beloved friends, I can tell you, I know you will agree with me that only the gospel of jesus christ is going to change our culture, the moral conduct. Secondly, in verse five, he talks about the religious zeal. They pursue their immorality with religious zeal. It might come as a shock to some of you that these people paul describing here have religious zeal, in fact, throughout the old testament, the profits thundered against false religion. Religion that is devoid of morality. Amos who was in the north in Israel and the prophet Isaiah, who was in the south in Judah in Israel itself during the reign of jeroboam the second, There was a boom in religion and religious activities, but there was utter collapse in morality In Amos 2 8, we are told that immorality had invaded the Jewish religion. The jewish believers, the prophet Isaiah deplores the same thing in Judah in the south. He told us how God feels about that empty religion. Here’s what he said, God is saying when you spread forth your hands. I hide my eyes from you, even though you make many prayers, I will not listen, says the Lord beloved. This is a religion of self this is a religion of self serving. This is the worship of the environment and the worship of immorality. This is the religion of self indulgence. I personally will never forget that day and end of January 2011 and I was invited for extended period of time. That was during the arab spring and the arab uprising and I was there to be for three hours. I’ll never forget. During one of the commercials I said to the anchor man whom I have never met before in my life, that’s why don’t you come and visit our church sometime? He yelled at me and I’m telling you, he yelled that some of the people standing around turned around, he said no, I must admit I really was taken back. But all I could say is why here’s what he said because you’re gonna tell me I’m going to hell, how does this guy know me? I just met him and so I got to a church that tells me there is no help. I was turned to say the least. As I said, I just met the man If the producer just introduced us 10 minutes before the we went on air but I was mistaken. He knew everything about me and my biblical stands but that’s okay. I’m not, I’m not embarrassed about that. I’m I thank God for that. I don’t know what church she was going to. But let me tell you something I have learned ever since that there are many churches are just like that and they’re growing in number Matthew 23, Jesus said you cleanse the outside of the cup but the inside is filled with all sorts of indulgence. The one thing that will be so highlighted in the last days according to the word of God, that there will be outward religion, but no power in that religion or they will go to a church or they will go through a liturgy or will they drop a couple of bucks in the plate? But there will not be or have any power. It is outward show. It’s a religion inform only no power. It’s an outward show without inward reality. It’s a religion without moral demands, it is an impression without confession. Him rat, please please beloved human rights. True faith combines form and power. True faith combines spiritual worship and Godly living. True faith talks the talk, but also walk the walk. True faith helps us suffering sinners how and where to go to get forgiveness and healing and relief and hope for the future. Religion without moral conduct is a dead religion. Religious zeal without christ is a misguided zeal to say the least. Which leads me to the third characteristic of their fanaticism, fanaticism, militant fanaticism, we’re seeing it now. These godless lovers of self, not only profess a religion at a very superficial level, as an in an outward level, but they want to ram this kind of immorality down the throats of everybody else. Listen to me, they are on a mission. They want every church to conform to their militant fanaticism. They are hostile toward biblical morality. They would assail anyone who disagrees with him so much for tolerance. Huh? They accused those who uphold Biblical morality as unloving. They are forever conniving and scheming as to how they’re going to invade and silence bible, believing christians. You have to think paul was writing for today, verse six, he talks about how they take advantage of weak women. But I dare say weak men as well, for those same people who decide they despise motherhood, They belittle godly women. They play on hurtful past instead of healing from it. They paint a bleak picture that all men are evil, they manipulate emotions, they dominate minds and they intimidate the unsuspecting. But the truth, my beloved friend, the truth is they want to destroy Biblical Christianity as we know it and they’re succeeding in some circles. And paul is saying those people are weak in character, these people are misled by deception. Those people play upon false guilt. Look at verse eight, those sales people of deception are like Janice and generous, who are generous in general as well. They’re the two magicians, pharaoh’s magicians who when when moses performed miracles and stick became a snake and so forth. They through black magic, imitated moses miracles. Now, they’re not mentioned in the book of exodus, But they are mentioned in the jewish literature and jewish writings and what paul is saying is this that these false teachers in the churches who are opposing the truth are like these two Egyptian magicians. They’re using black magic moses, taught the law, paul preached the gospel. Both preached God’s truth for their generations at their time and therefore those who reject the infallible word of God. Both all the new testament are preaching black magic. But here’s what I want to tell you and I speak to you as your brother in christ and I want to say to you, do not be afraid or intimidated by those backdoor. Religious traders, even if the few weak ones have been taken by them, even if their falsehood becomes fashionable, even if they’re anti biblical teaching is accepted by society, we must stand firm and never, never, never what? Never give up on biblical truth. Never give up. Thank God. There is good news. Now listen, if you think this is hard to hear. Mhm. It’s much more difficult to prepare. But the good news is the last verse in this section. Thank God for the good news. Thank God that the gospel is good news. Thank God that jesus is the good news the last verse verse nine, but they will not say that with me, they will not get very far because as the case of those two men, their folly would be clear to everyone remember, Jesus said, the world is a field in which his seed, That’s the Gospel is being planted wheat. But he also said, satan is coming right behind us as we saw the seed of the Gospel, he comes right behind us and he says the weeds in the middle of the wheat, right there in the middle and many a church. And beloved, we’re seeing satan right now with his seed, his weeds in the middle of the church, sewing it, lots of it. And paul is saying to us, who will go through these experiences? Don’t be intimidated. Don’t be infected. Don’t let the weeds cover your wheat, don’t get carried away with the flood. But stand and uphold the truth boldly against the prevailing tide of culture. Why, why is saying that? Because soon and very soon you and I are going to be caught up in the air and meet jesus in the air. Soon and very soon we will hear the shout of the archangel soon and very soon we’re going to hear the trumpets sound Soon and very soon we will see the judge sitting on the judge’s bench soon and very soon we will appear. We will see him appear in his glory soon and very soon we shall reign and rule with him Soon and very soon he will come to take his faithful ones home, and he was, he shall wipe away all of our tears! Soon and very soon we will be with him forever and ever and ever and ever. How many evers and ever and ever and ever. The question is, will you be there? I spent a lot of hours, a lot of preparation that goes into my preaching, Even though I have been preaching for 50 years, I still spend the same hours. I don’t skimp, I don’t say well, I know this, I can do this that some people even prepare on Saturday night. I start early in the week, prepare my mind my heart because unless the Word of God goes inside of you, it cannot come out with conviction. And so I allow the Word of God to be applied in my life, to convict me, to challenge me and then and only then I’m able to bring it up front to other people. Mhm. Learn the keys to spiritual endurance, overcome spiritual burnout and train up the next generation to stand firm on biblical truth with Dr Yousef’s new book. Never give up Dr Michael Yousef unpacks paul’s rich words of encouragement, found in second timothy words that will help you endure, flourish and thrive in the midst of doubt, danger and despair in this encouraging book, Dr Yousef unveils four unique aspects of what it means to never give up biblical truth. A timely message as christians around the world. Face mounting pressure to compromise their faith and abandon their biblical values, request your copy today for your gift of any amount and received two bonus resources exclusively from leading the way. Be empowered to live for christ and learn how to leave a lasting legacy of faith for the next generation. Order your copy of Dr Yousef’s newest book, Never Give Up Today by giving a gift of any amount, contact us today. Mhm, passionately proclaiming uncompromising truth. Leading the way with Dr Michael Yousef. Thanks you for your faithful support through your continued prayers and gifts.