Jude Contending for the Faith Part 1
We Were Created For God's Purpose
If you ever want a powerful defense for the Christian Faith Jude is an excellent book to refer to. Defending the Faith is not something new. Jude teaches the importance of not compromising the Word of God! The Word of God is priceless! You cannot manipulate God nor His Word no matter who you are! There are a lot of worldly influences that from the very beginning have tried to twist the Bible and its teachings. Many have been deceived, this is still the case today. Many worldly ways, concepts and methods have been embraced and embedded into the organized church system that are not of God. "The Wheat and the tares are growing together." This is why it is important to know God and know His Word for yourself. Pray for increased discernment. You can be certain and sure of GOD'S WORD!!!
We are SAVED by the GRACE of GOD! "For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" Ephesians 2
"Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But MY SALVATION WILL LAST FOREVER, MY RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL NEVER FAIL." Isaiah 51
Jude is an incredible witness. He is not only a servant to our Lord and Savior, he is Christ Jesus' biological natural born brother. They have the same mother; Mary. Not many can make such a claim. Jude fervently warns others of the end times apostasy. This means that many are falling away from the TRUTH. Many allow the ways and some concepts of the world to permeate worship. Their denominational and non denomination beliefs take precedent over the Word of God. Instead of becoming more dependent upon God they are making many more dependent upon man. Although the book of Jude is brief it is packed with Holy Power!
Jude urges us to “Contend for the Faith!” What does this mean? Contend means to strive against difficulties, to be persistent and assert yourself. Faith means believe without seeing. “FAITH is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By Faith we understand that the universe was formed at GOD'S command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible…” Hebrews 11 The Bible gives us the real facts! It is was not comprised of misconstrued circumstantial evidence. Many today attempt to use the Word to control others, justify their behavior and lifestyles but are really only promoting sin.
Read the contents of Jude slowly and thoroughly. See how it relates to what is going on all over the world today. He warns us of the necessity to be built up in the Faith. Your Faith should increase your belief and dependency upon the Lord! Jude candidly reminds us of those who turned their backs on God. He expresses the seriousness of what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities. How they embraced fornication and going after strange flesh. It is very important to be aware of what is happening when you are in worship today. For in these latter days the spiritual warfare has heightened and many are deceived. Some of everything is going on in and during worship and there is much less reverence for the Lord. Today this is not what others want to be reminded of. Now we have many more alternative life styles that embrace immorality. God allows us to choose how we want to live. As Christians we are supposed to embrace what God says.
God is powerful! As a matter of fact He is OMNIPOTENT; meaning HE is ALL POWER! HE is SUPERIOR and SUPREME! Think and ponder about it; with all the millions of organized Church assemblies opened in the name of God, what is going on in this world should not be. It certainly is not because of GOD! It is because there are so many wolves in sheep clothing. Don't be alarmed but let it encouraged you to spend more time in the WORD! Jude teaches us;“They are godless men who change the grace of God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord” Saints are supposed to be believers and doers of His Word. Not followers of the world. But, followers of Jesus Christ. Too many want to be leaders that are served, rather than Servants of God.
There are even a few pastors who allow themselves to be worshipped by members of the congregation who instead really need more godly direction. This encourages them to follow aimlessly and become more dependent upon the pastor instead of the Lord. Their home life often suffers and becomes secondary. All too often you now find that some instead follow the latest trends and adopt the ways of the world. These are not simply the new believers; but those who remain on milk. They have not grown to the point that they can digest meat! They are more or less those who relay what is happening within the worship to the pastor. But have very little discipline or Church etiquette themselves. They are in and out, up and down and all about during worship? Instead of being spiritual they are more sensual.
A deep reverence for the Lord is lacking in some places of worship? Worship becomes more about personal issues rather than about the actual Gospel of Christ Jesus! God does not want any of us to become mere robots. It is not worship because you simply sit, jump, stand, dance, turn around, clap, sing and shout because anyone who stands in front of you and says; do this or that... Take some time and think about it? Be prayerful and mindful of what you say when you say you representing the Lord. Don't undermine the intelligence of those whom you are speaking to. By the way when you say; you did not come to look at the people; perhaps you should close your eyes!
There are at times very few still moments throughout worship to simply reflect and show reverence and respect towards God! It is all about how you feel... Perhaps this is why you don't have any peace? Just maybe this is why you continue to have so much pain... The Holy Spirit is a Comforter! Yes be thankful for what He has done. But you should be thankful everyday! GOD wants to bring balance to all areas of our lives... Few can simply; "BE STILL & KNOW!" Jude is trying to get our attention. He wants us to experience true Holiness. He wants us to allow the Lord His rightful place, so He can purify the hearts and minds of His people. The Lord wants to impart more of His Grace to Us!
HELP US LORD!
Lord we pray that you intervene where this is the case. Open the spiritual eyes Lord. Thank You Father for Your Omnipresence! Help them Lord to see that there is a great need for many to realize that you are everywhere we are. Thank You Lord for being Omniscient. Help them to see that You are the answer to every problem. Lord, I KNOW You have a solution for everything that is happening in life. You want to be a part of their home life and their everyday life. Lord we know that only YOU can give us Your PEACE that surpasses the understanding of man... Holy Father, Help them Lord to see that You truly can make a difference in every aspect of their lives. Thank You Father for Your Holy Spirit, Your Comforter! Lord, we ask these petitions in Jesus Name.
FOLLOW CHRIST JESUS!
We must TRUST GOD or begin to learn to trust Him if this is not the case. When you know that there is a lot of false teaching going on what do you do? Pray! When you know that you have helped those that no one else would help, and they turn on you, what do you do? Pray! When you know that you have been mistreated and maligned and falsely accused what do you do? Pray! Know what time it is... Don't fret just know that GOD KNOWS. Don't get bitter get better. No one can stop GOD from Blessings us...
"...These are murmurers, complainers walking after their own lusts, and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage..." JUDE
Know we are in the perilous "Lasts Days." Just look all around you and see that GOD'S WORD is being fulfilled. Don't fear, but draw closer to Him. Let this motivate you to become that much more cognizant of who GOD IS! EVERYDAY; THANK & PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!!!
Know also that you are in good company because this is what happened to Jesus. When you know that manipulation and deception is present you still must remain faithful to God and His Word. The Lord is more powerful than what any man or woman can ever do to you... You, must draw closer to GOD and TRUST HIM! Seek Him above all else. In 1 Peter, The Apostle Peter expounds upon how our FAITH is more precious than GOLD! Truly GOD can and will give you a strong sound mind. He CAN KEEP you from falling! "Do not be conformed to this world. But TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind!" Your true security and significance can only be found in the LORD! "If GOD is for us who can be against us!"
The Word is often used to justify lifestyles and wrong behavior that are not sanctioned by God. Christ Jesus came so we could have better balanced full lives. Yes he humbled Himself. But remember; Everything was spoken into existence through HIM! "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. The world and them that dwell therein." Psalm 24
The scriptures are used at times to manipulate many to keep the traditions of man over the Word of God. Minimizing sin and embracing tolerance. Often justified under the guise of unconditional love. God never intended for Christianity to become a legalistic doctrinal concept of rules and regulations. The House of God is supposed to be the PILLAR of TRUTH! It is the House of Prayer where the saints can gather for worship, prayer and praise. It is Your Body that is the Temple of GOD! Christ died so we could have an abundant spiritual life! He has given us His HOLY SPIRIT to lead us to all TRUTH! As a matter of fact it was the religious leaders that conspired to discredit JESUS and secretly sought to destroy Him. How ironic they called Him evil. Does this sound familiar? The Bible is the inspired Word of God! “It is a lamp unto our feet and a Light unto our path...”
The gift of Eternal Life is one of the most precious gifts one can ever receive! Along with that gift comes the promise of His Holy Spirit. The Comforter and ultimate internal Teacher! Jude extends to us Mercy, Peace and Love in abundance! When Jesus ascended to heaven He promised that the Holy Spirit would come. Jesus prepared His disciples for His departure. It is written! He told them “Nevertheless I tell you the TRUTH. It is to your advantage that I go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart , I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment; of sin, because they do not believe in Me, of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I still have many things to say to you, BUT you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of TRUTH, has come, He will guide you into All truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come…” JOHN 16
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