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Jeremiah 18-19, 2 Timothy 3 Key Verse: 2 Timothy 3:5
One of the sad trends today is spirituality without religion. In a general and widespread way, the
interest in being spiritual has grown. People want spirituality, to be known as a spiritual person, to
have the benefits of a spiritual life. They just don’t want to be religious.
To be religious is to be perceived as enslaved to a system of rules, regulations, rights and wrongs.
In 2 Timothy 2:1-5, Paul describes the antithesis to a “religious” person. Man is at the center of
what he describes. He is narcissistic, greedy, proud, looking out for number one. There are no
restraints for the non-religious person.
The list of characteristics of this type of person ends with an intriguing phrase: “having a form of
godliness but denying its power.” This is the spiritual, but not religious, person. He has an outward
appearance that looks spiritual, but the reality of a spiritual life is missing. He has never
experienced the power of God in his life.
The warning Paul gives is very direct—“Have nothing to-do with them” (v. 5). Don’t get pulled
into the trap. That lifestyle may look appealing, but it is to be avoided. What God wants is
godliness that comes from lives changed by His power.
Do you seek a spiritual life? Make sure, in prayer to God, that you have Christ in your life.
Woodrow kroll & Tony beckett

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