Jude Contending For The Faith
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 alternative life styles that embrace immorality. God allows us to choose how we want to live. As Christians we are to 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, turn around, clap and shout because anyone who stands in front says; do this or that... Take some time and think about it?
There are at times very few still moments throughout worship to simply reflect and reverence God! 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 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. That you want to be a part of their home life and their everyday life. 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!
We must TRUST GOD! 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... We are in the lasts days.. Let this motivate you to become that much more cognizant of who GOD IS! THANK & PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!!!
"...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.
Know 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. God is more powerful than what any man can ever do to you! You must draw closer to God and TRUST HIM! Seek Him above all else. God 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. 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. 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
Jude infamously known as the brother of Jesus Christ tells us that we have a duty to fight for GOD'S TRUTH! Not in a physical carnal way. Our weapons are not carnal. We must stay adorned with the spiritual armor. "PRAY also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the GOSPEL, for which I am an ambassador in chains. PRAY that I may delcare it fearlessly, as I should" See Ephesians 6 Without doubt we are in the last days and the Word of God is being fulfilled! These are Perilous Times. We need not be afraid but prayerful! It is important to persevere knowing that God is with you! Jude says:“ 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 the men who divide you. Who follow mere natural instincts and DO NOT have the SPIRIT. But you, dear friends build yourself up in your most HOLY FAITH and pray in the HOLY SPIRIT. Keep yourselves up in God’s LOVE as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring 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
One only must watch the news, read the newspaper or search online to see that time is near! “Anything goes!” Some of everything is happening. There has not only been an Economic Recession that we are now slowly recovering from but a "SPIRITUAL RECESSION" as well! At one point, the Congress and President Obama were unable to agree so the United States government was actually "SHUT DOWN!" There has been numerous senseless shootings and climatic weather extremes. Hurricanes, earthquakes, torrential monsoon rains, typhoons, flooding, volcanoes erupting, plus major fires; you name it. Notice the many modern day famines going on throughout the land.
There has also been an uprising in racial discrimination and racial profiling. The Supreme Court has even voted against the WORD of GOD in favor of legalizing "same sex unions." A confused young man attended a Bible Study in South Carolina and an hour later he just got up and shot and killed nine of the people who were there! Oklahoma has decided that the Ten Commandments are not supposed to be in the court house. Let us not forget the multitude of sinless heinous mass shootings in the schools. One man in a Las Vegas, Nevada massacre senselessly opened fire at a concert. Masses of innocent bystanders and attendees were shot, maimed and trampled. Over (55) fifty-five people killed and hundreds hurt. LORD HELP US!
The Presidential race between Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump was also quite scandalous. We have been continually bombarded with numerous accusations of inappropriate campaign behavior and tactics. Suspected interference such as hacking and meddling from Russia to impact the outcome of the election process. Discrimination and racial profiling continues to persist on many levels. The ongoing threat of domestic and foreign terrorism continues... Lets not forget the ongoing saga in the news to discredit the character and questionable politics of President Trump. Remember "Watergate?" We have been here before. Christians we must PRAY! LORD HELP US!
These are just a few of many the list goes on... Knowing God's Word is necessary to navigate through this maze of life.
It is so IMPORTANT that the focus during BIBLE STUDY is to teach and encourage the people to live for the LORD. Personal agendas need to be set aside. Many of our churches are allowing carnal worldly teachings…
Bible study on many occasions have turned to group think and mind conditioning. Labeling and pointing out those who don't always agree with their particular traditions, denominational or unbiblical practices... Many are very territorial about their particular place of worship. They see it as a place they own more than a place dedicated to worship... More of THE GOSPEL and less gossip. I assure you, there will be a Blessing of significant spiritual growth to all concerned. Respect for God and His Word are all too often laid aside; carnality takes the forefront because somebody says; “I’m human” There are support groups for any and every issue. This at times confuses love with enabling. No need to be set free when you can continue to be made comfortable in sin... going through the motions of getting delivered over and over for the same stuff. This should not be. Is not the LORD A STRONG DELIVERER?
In times like these it is important for the Church and the world to be reminded of God's Omnipresence. Becoming more aware of God Almighty will make you think twice before you allow someone to pull you onto the broad road that leads to destruction. We as believers are to show a contrast. "in The world but not of the world."
Yes, the time of increased Apostasy is definitely here. Meaning the abandoning of Faith. LORD HELP US! Anyone can be subject to error.
Praise God that there are many dedicated men & women of God who do not compromise the Word in order to be popular. They Love & reverently fear God more than the rejection of man They realize that; "THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!" Their agenda is to Share, Preach, Proclaim and Teach the infallible WORD of GOD. This is how we teach people to live VICTORIOUSLY daily through JESUS CHRIST! GOD really does have an answer and a solution to every problem. We must learn to submit ourselves to His Will & His Way. God's Word will not return void..." This is why we all need His Holy Spirit to convict the heart of sin and point us to righteousness. What is righteousness? It is right living in the eyes of God! Sin is anything that separates us from God! Jude says: Remember Sodom and Gomorrah? This is why Jesus left us His Holy Spirit!
Live everyday;"To GOD be the GLORY!" Having an encounter with God regularly will bring you closer to Him. Draw nigh to the Lord. It will open your "spiritual eyes" This is also why we must contend for the Faith and stand firm upon the word! If you have grown slack in your commitment to God; He can speak renewal and strength to your heart! If you have an unresolved issue; You must be willing to do the emotional work on your part. GOD CAN HEAL YOU!
We must humbly and diligently daily pursue TRUTH! God can bring a plan and a purpose into your life like no other! “To HIM who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before HIS glorious presence without fault and with great JOY to the only GOD and SAVIOR be GLORY, MAJESTY, POWER and AUTHORITY, through JESUS CHRIST our LORD, before all ages, now and forevermore! AMEN!!!"