"For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power;" 2 Timothy 3:2-5
This verse hit me square in the face this morning...I'm still contemplating its implications, but one thing that has come up is that even in religious activity, we can be lovers of self and pleasure rather than lovers of God.
It's pretty crazy huh? That even in the place of prayer, worship, fellowship, we can be seeking more OUR own desire than God's. I see so clearly that sometime I cling to a "form of godliness," often in the place of religious activity...but I wholely deny its power. How often have I prayed because I'm supposed to, and not because its enjoyable to talk and listen to God. How often have I fasted and I have pointed the finger at everyone but myself. Its such a fine line isn't it? We must live lives that are filled by the Holy Spirit, for apart that, we are merely religious men and women doing religious activity.