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Read: 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 10-17timothy

Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of. v.14

At the beginning of each new year, experts give their predictions about the economy, politics, weather, and a host of other topics. Will there be war or peace? Poverty or prosperity? Progress or stagnation? People everywhere are hoping that this year will be better than last, but no one knows what will happen.

There is, however, something we can be certain about. A guest speaker at my church suggested that when we ask if the world will get better or worse, the answer is “Yes, to both!”

Paul told Timothy, “There will be terrible times in the last days….Evildoers and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it” (2 Tim. 3:1, 13-14).

The inspired Word of God instructs, correct, and encourages us as we follow God’s path (vv. 16-17). J.B. Phillips described the Scriptures as our “comprehensive equipment” that prepares us full for all branches of God’s work.

As the spiritual darkness of our world grows deeper, the light of Christ shines more brightly through all those who know and love Him. Jesus is our joy and hope – today, tomorrow, and forever! — David Mccasland

Heavenly Father, the trouble in this world can divert our eyes from You. Thank You for Your Word that helps us stay focused. May we find our delight in Your love and share it with others today.

The powers of evil around you are no match for the power of Jesus within you.

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