“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
The tug-of-war has been around from the beginning. The truth of the Gospel is objective truth. There are parts we like, sure, but those other parts about dying to self and suffering we do not like. We would rather be told lies that make us feel good rather than hear the truth which will set us free and make us good. This is the state of the rebellious mind. Be led by the Lord and the truth and not by this world and its lies.
Lord, You know where I am conflicted and need to fight against this world’s temptations. Lead me in the way of truth and, no matter the cost, help me stay on the path of truth. You have given me Your Word. Help me keep Your Word in my heart. Do not let me seek just what I want but help me hold fast to what I need. I need You Lord and only in You is there hope for a good life now and eternity later.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the truth, for You are truth. You have called me into You that I may know truth. Let me not chase after the fables of this age, but walk, no matter the cost, in the way of Your goodness. Guide me this day, Lord, and keep me from those temptations that are all around me. Let my ears not itch but humbly hear the Good News of You. Amen.