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A good fight!

Scripture reading for December 22nd: Jude

“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for he faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” Jude 3

Jude was the half-brother of Jesus Christ.  His letter was written to the church as a wave of false teachers were enticing believers to live in worldly ways and enticing them to sexual immorality and idolatry. (Jude 4)   He planned to write about their common salvation, but instead wrote a letter of encouragement and warning about the need to contend earnestly for the faith!

Jude pointed God’s people back to God’s past dealings with His redeemed people.  God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.  They all experienced God’s grace but not all believed and they were destroyed in the desert.  (Jude 5)  Lot and his children were delivered from Sodom, but God destroyed these towns because of sexual immorality and perversion (homosexual behavior). (Jude 7)  These towns were destroyed by fire and serve as examples for us today of eternal fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Jude’s strong warnings were meant to help those in the church to resist these false teachers and stay on the path of righteousness.  Jude gave positive instruction to the church to help them.  They were to remember the teaching of the Apostles who had warned about the scoffers of the last times who would seek to divide the church.  (Jude 18-19)

The best way Jude suggested to build yourself up in your faith was to pray in the Holy Spirit.  By doing this, a believer could keep himself in the love of  God and wait patiently for Jesus Christ to come.  While waiting, each believer should be merciful to those who were doubting or weak in their faith and show mercy to others by snatching them from the fires of hell.  They must be careful to keep their faith and focus on Jesus.  He alone could keep them from falling.

“To Him who is able to keep you from falling and present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy–to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen!” Jude 24-25

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Contending for the faith!

Scripture reading for December 22nd: Jude

“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for he faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” Jude 3

Jude was the half-brother of Jesus Christ.  His letter was written to the church as a wave of false teachers were enticing believers to live in worldly ways and enticing them to sexual immorality and idolatry. (Jude 4)   He planned to write about their common salvation, but instead wrote a letter of encouragement and warning about the need to contend earnestly for the faith! We are in a spiritual conflict and the enemy of our souls is trying to steal our faith!

Jude points God’s people back to God’s past dealings with His redeemed people.  God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.  They all experienced God’s grace but not all believed and they were destroyed in the desert.  (Jude 5)  Lot and his children were delivered from Sodom, but God destroyed these towns because of sexual immorality and perversion (homosexual behavior). (Jude 7)  These towns were destroyed by fire and serve as examples for us today of eternal fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Jude’s strong warnings were meant to help those in the church to resist these false teachers and stay on the path of righteousness.  Jude gives some positive instruction to the church to help them.  They are to remember the teaching of the Apostles who had warned about these scoffers of the last times who would seek to divide the church.  (Jude 18-19)

The best way Jude suggested to build yourself up in your faith was to pray in the Holy Spirit.  By doing this, a believer could keep himself in the love of  God and wait patiently for Jesus Christ.  While waiting, each believer should be merciful to those who are doubting or weak in their faith and show mercy to others by snatching them from the fires of hell.  They must be careful to keep their faith and focus on Jesus.

“To Him who is able to keep you from falling and present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy–to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen!” Jude 24-25

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Keep yourselves in your Holy Faith!

Scripture reading for December 8th: Jude 1-25

The short letter of Jude, a brother of James and half-brother of Jesus, is a call to spiritual battle against false teachers and deception.  Where the truth is taught, the enemy of God’s people will send opposition.  We are in a spiritual war and the battle is sometimes within the church!

“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write to urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.  For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you.  They are godless men, who change the grace of  our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” (Jude 3-4)   Jude’s letter is a call to battle!  This battle is for the believer’s faith.  Satan has sent false men into the church to try and get the church to deny their faith in Christ and His word by seducing them with immorality!  This was warned of long ago!

God has judged immorality severely in the past.  Jude cites the Israelites who died in the desert because of God’s judgment on their idolatry and immorality.  (Jude 5-7)  He reminds them of the destruction by fire of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns because of their perversion.  “They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” Jude plainly warns the church of God’s wrath against sexual sin.  He is the Lord who does not change!

“But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.  They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.”  These are men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and  do not have the Spirit.  But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in you most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” (Jude 17-20)  A good way to counteract the false teachers is to stay close to the words of the apostles–the Holy Scriptures.  Along with this, praying in the Holy Spirit also builds up the spiritual man and keeps us in the faith and love of Jesus Christ.  Jude’s advice is a good word for us today!  We are reading God’s word, now let’s pray in the Spirit!

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Building Yourselves Up!

Scripture reading for December 23rd: Jude

“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.  For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you.  They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” (Jude3-4)

Jude was the half-brother of Jesus.  He became a follower and disciple of Christ and understood the salvation that Jesus bought and paid for.  It was not the cheap grace that was being peddled by some of the false teachers of his day and ours!  Jude wanted the church to contend earnestly for the faith that brought true repentance and a changed life.  This was the only kind of faith that could save and deliver a person from eternal condemnation.

The false teachers had come from the ranks of the church.  They were evidently taking the wonderful message of God’s grace and forgiveness of sins and making that a license to continue living in sin.  In doing so, they were actually denying Jesus Christ and His sacrifice of His own body and blood to deliver us from the power of sin.  (Romans 6:11-14)  Sin is no longer our master, but by His Spirit we can overcome sin’s grip!  These false teachers were teaching believers that they could continue to live in sin and that God’s grace would cover their sins, thus dividing the church.  Jude wrote that this lie would lead to eternal condemnation and separation from God!

Jude had a remedy:  “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.  Keep yourselves in the God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you eternal life.  Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear–hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” (Jude 20-23)  The fight of faith requires Spirit inspired prayer!  This builds us up and keeps us in God’s river of love.  It enables us to reach out to those who struggle and snatch them from the fire!  Fight the good fight of faith!

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Contending for the Faith

Scripture reading for December 22nd: Jude

“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for he faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” Jude 3

Jude was the half-brother of Jesus Christ.  His letter was written to the church as a wave of false teachers were enticing believers to live in worldly ways and enticing them to sexual immorality and idolatry. (Jude 4)   He planned to write about their common salvation, but instead wrote a letter of encouragement and warning about the need to contend earnestly for the faith! We are in a spiritual conflict and the enemy of our souls is trying to steal our faith!

Jude points God’s people back to God’s past dealings with His redeemed people.  God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.  They all experienced God’s grace but not all believed and they were destroyed in the desert.  (Jude 5)  Lot and his children were delivered from Sodom, but God destroyed these towns because of sexual immorality and perversion (homosexual behavior). (Jude 7)  These towns were destroyed by fire and serve as examples for us today of eternal fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Jude’s strong warnings were meant to help those in the church to resist these false teachers and stay on the path of righteousness.  Jude gives some positive instruction to the church to help them.  They are to remember the teaching of the Apostles who had warned about these scoffers of the last times who would seek to divide the church.  (Jude 18-19)

The best way Jude suggested to build yourself up in your faith was to pray in the Holy Spirit.  By doing this, a believer could keep himself in the love of  God and wait patiently for Jesus Christ to come.  While waiting, each believer should be merciful to those who are doubting or weak in their faith and show mercy to others by snatching them from the fires of hell.  They must be careful to keep their faith and focus on Jesus.  He alone could keep them from falling.

“To Him who is able to keep you from falling and present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy–to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen!” Jude 24-25

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