Piety in Perilous Times

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2 Timothy 3:1–12 KJV 1900
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. 10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

I. Introduction

A. Definition of piety in the English:

1. the quality or state of being pious: such as

i: fidelity to natural obligations (as to parents)

ii: dutifulness in religion : DEVOUTNESS

B. Definition of pious in the English:

1. Sacred or devotional as distinct from the profane or secular : RELIGIOUS

C. Definition of fidelity:

1. the quality or state of being faithfuL 2. accuracy in details : EXACTNESS

D. Definition in the original language:

1. eusebeia (ef-sev-eyah): piety; godliness

E. I cannot stress enough the importance of what we have just defined!

1. We MUST have a heart that is dedicated to God!

2. We MUST have a heart that is obedient to God!

3. We MUST have a heart that worships God!

4. We MUST have a heart that is godly, or pious!

III. The necessity of Piety in Perilous Times

A. We are in Perilous Times!

Romans 13:11–14 KJV 1900
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

1. It is important that we notice what is happening around us!

2. Yes the Lord is coming as a thief in the night, but those who have the Holy Ghost SHOULD NOT be taken by surprise!

B. Paul stresses to Timothy the necessity of discipline and training, but for the body and SOUL!

1 Timothy 4:7–8 KJV 1900
7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

1. Just like we should be keeping our natural body in shape. We should also be working out our own salvation!

Philippians 2:12–15 KJV 1900
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

C. Peter emphasized the fact that we need to grow in grace and in knowledge!

2 Peter 3:17–18 KJV 1900
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

1. Paul also stressed this same thing to the church at Ephesus!

Ephesians 4:11–16 KJV 1900
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

D. Because of the perilous times we MUST NOT neglect the assembling of ourselves together!

Hebrews 10:24–25 KJV 1900
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

1. We need one another more than ever when things seem to get crazy!

2. This is how we ensure that we are “the whole body fitly joined together and compacted”!

Ephesians 4:16 KJV 1900
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

IV. Consider the benefits of piety in your life!

A. Our mindsets are changed from focusing on what happening here to what is happening up there in heaven!

Colossians 3:1–2 KJV 1900
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

1. This focus allows us to remain steadfast in our faith!

2. It helps us not to faint in well doing so that we can reap!

Galatians 6:9 KJV 1900
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

B. We find peace in living a faithful godly life!

1 Peter 5:6–7 KJV 1900
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

1. Jesus said that we should yoke up to Him!

Matthew 11:28–30 KJV 1900
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

2. Jesus even said He would leave His peace with us!

John 14:25–27 KJV 1900
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

C. Jesus is calling for those who will hear His voice!

John 10:25–30 KJV 1900
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. 26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.

1. Jesus is calling you this day offering you eternal life if you can but hear his voice!

2. Will you answer Him?

3. Will you be willing to dedicate you WHOLE life to HIM?

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