Feburary 18th, 2024 –
Thought from above: It’s like two dogs fighting inside of me,
the one that wins…is the one I feed. (Sittin’ Bull)

Sermon: 2 Timothy 4:9-12 The Demas Delusion! (worldliness)

You might think that the Apostle Paul, having done all he had done, having spoken about receiving his crown, fulfilling his purpose, and departing, would just prop his head against the wall and retire. Sign off! Paul, you’ve done your duty!
But no, Paul acts as though he has years of ministry ahead of him and he’s taking names and kicking…
He’ll name 16 men and 2 women in the last 12 verses.
Some as FRIENDS (blessings) and some as FOES (woes).

2 Timothy 4:9-10 “Timothy, come quickly!” (Run) Why? Because Demas has deserted me and not only that, he has fallen into a DELUSION, he loves this Present World.
At the worst time, unannounced, surprisingly. “Demas chose his own ease and security away from danger, to live in luxury at home, (Thessalonica) rather than suffer hardship.” (John Chrysostom) Transformed back (Romans 12:2)

So WHO was Demas? Philemon 1:23 “Salute” vs.1 fellow workers of mine! A shout-out to Demas

Colossians 4:14 Our dear friend (beloved) Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. (possibly Paul’s secretary)

But How? How could this happen to a beloved co-worker? Matthew 13:20 (Mark 4; Luke 8)
When anyone hears the message…path, the rocky place, among thorns…trouble or persecution because of the word. Worries of this life, and the deceitfulness of wealth, choke.
In other words, all that Paul and the others had been going through for the last several years, “As good soil.”

James 1:14 each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their (redundant) own evil desires and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when full-grown (when given some time) gives birth to death.

I John 3:15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

James 4:4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

Romans 1:21 They knew God, but they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to Him, (futile in their thinking, darkened in their hearts).
Romans 1:25 exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things…Therefore…(3x)
God gave them over 1st to sinful desires, 2nd to shameful lusts, homosexual, and 3rd to a depraved mind.
If a mind refuses God, God refuses the mind.