A WARNING FROM JESUS ABOUT THE LAST DAYS [TODAY]
33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Exhortation to Watch
34 “But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare; 35 for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth.
Do you want to know what Jesus is warning about here? Do you want to know what dissipation is? Dissipation is the way we live, today!!!! ALL OF US! Not just alcoholics or substance abusers or addicts.
Here is the definition of dissipation:
a scattering or being scattered; dispersion
a wasting or squandering
an idle or frivolous amusement or diversion
indulgence in pleasure to the point of harming oneself; intemperance; dissoluteness
Also, the physics and mechanics definition:
a process in which energy is used or lost without accomplishing useful work, as friction causing loss of mechanical energy
Do we not waste so much time chasing the cares of this world rather than doing as Jesus said for us to do in Matthew 6:33 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. And also in the Lord’s model prayer He told us to pray for His kingdom to come and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven as well as asking for our daily provisions to be met. When we worry for tomorrow and we strive for this and strive for that, we are taking our lives into our own hands and we are not trusting Jesus for what we need. We are trusting in ourselves. Let us not be weighted down in our hearts seeking for all the things that Jesus and only Jesus can provide for us freely and without wearing ourselves out… Lord, let those that have ears hear and grant those whom love You the understanding to see the warning that You gave and to seek You and hear Your voice, today, Lord. I share as I feel You lead me Lord so I know that there are some that will read this that You draw to this and Lord have Your way in our lives, Lord, Jesus. Have Your way and lead us Lord and Holy Spirit minister to each of us as we have need, guiding us into the Truth and Jesus You are the Way, the Truth and the Life and we thank You and praise You and pray in Your name, Jesus. Amen.
III. He cautions them against security and sensuality, by which they would unfit themselves for the trying times that were coming on, and make them to be a great surprise and terror to them (Luke 21:34, 35): Take heed to yourselves. This is the word of command given to all Christ’s disciples: “Take heed to yourselves, that you be not overpowered by temptations, nor betrayed by your own corruptions.” Note, We cannot be safe if we be secure. It concerns us at alltimes, but especially at some times, to be very cautious. See here, 1. What our danger is: that the day of death and judgment should come upon us unawares, when we do not expect it, and are not prepared for it,—lest, when we are called to meet our Lord, that be found the furthest thing from our thoughts which ought always to be laid nearest our hearts, lest it come upon us as a snare; for so it will come upon the most of men, who dwell upon the earth, and mindearthly things only, and have no converse with heaven; to them it will be as a snare. See Eccl. 9:12. It will be a terrorand a destruction to them; it will put them into an inexpressible fright, and hold them fast for a doom yet more frightful. 2. What our duty is, in consideration of this danger: we must take heed lest our hearts be overcharged, lest they be burdened and overloaded, and so unfitted and disabled to do what must be done in preparation for death and judgment. Two things we must watch against, lest our hearts be overcharged with them:—(1.) The indulging of the appetites of the body, and allowing of ourselves in the gratifications of sense to an excess: Take heed lest you be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, the immoderate use of meat and drink, which burden the heart, not only with the guilt thereby contracted, but by the ill influence which such disorders of the body have upon the mind; they make men dull and lifeless to their duty, dead and listless in their duty; they stupify the conscience, and cause the mind to be unaffected with those things that are most affecting. (2.) The inordinate pursuit of the good things of this world. The heart is overcharged with the cares of this life. The former is the snare of those that are given to their pleasures: this is the snare of the men of business, that will be rich. We have need to guard on both hands, not only lest at the time when death comes, but lest at any time our hearts should be thus overcharged. Our caution against sin, and our care of our own souls, must be constant.