Truth, Faith, and Praise

 

Jude

It may not be the longest or shortest book in the Bible, but the book of Jude carries some weight with reminders of the importance to stand firm in our faith, beware of false teachers, and ending with praise for the Almighty God. Jude didn’t hold back, he hit hard telling believers to learn and know correct doctrine (2Tim 2:15.) Defend and fight for truth, (Titus 2:1 and Titus 1:9) not compromising the truth of the word of God by twisting it to sooth our sinful nature. Ephesians 4:21, If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus.
Jude makes very good points: the first being the rescues and punishments and false teachers. God delivered Israel out of Egypt, (Exodus 12:51) And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the Lord did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies, but destroyed those who did not remain faithful as told in (Numbers 14:26-35.) Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed for sexual immorality, but God rescued Lot. In (2Peter 2:6-9) And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgement to be punished.
Also, he shares of false teachers who have led people to believe that because of forgiveness you can live any way you want undermining the teachings of Jesus Christ. Examples of this are Cain murdered his brother Abel out of jealousy (Genesis 4:1-16), Balaam prophesied out of greed (Numbers 22-24), and Korah rebelled against God’s appointed leaders (Numbers 16:1-35.) Enoch (mentioned in Genesis 5:21-24) prophesied about ungodly acts in Jude verse 14-16, which is also found in the Book of Enoch.
Then Jude goes on to explain that believers should build up their faith through prayer. Keep close to Christ who will keep you from stumbling. And as you help others, be careful not to compromise your belief and the foundation of your faith, hate the sin, but witness to others. And give all glory to God who keeps us from falling. Jude is great book that reflects on consequences and deliverance, our need for prayer, to be a servant and praise God always.

Sealed With God’s Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit

Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent (John 6:28-29).John the Baptist tells us, Those who believe him discover that God is true. For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God’s spirit is upon him without measure or limit (John 3:33) Life Application Study Bible. Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God (1John 4:15).

God’s purpose is for us to recognize Jesus as the Son of God and to offer salvation to all. And because of our belief in Christ we are sealed with the Holy Spirit a guarantee of our inheritance and that we belong to God. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:13-14). Who hath also sealed us, and given earnest of the Spirit in our hearts (2 Cor. 1:22).

Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. (1John 4:13)

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one to another. Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you (Ephesians 4:22-32) 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. (Psalm 25:4)

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalm 143:10)

The Sprit of God dwells in you, it’s a seal that secures us as believers and gives us the authority to preach, teach, and proclaim and defend God’s word.

Be Blessed

 

We Need Spiritual Strength

Nothing will overtake me and whatever test and trials may come I will rise up, because I know where my strength comes from. Think about all that you have been through and how Christ gave you the strength to get through it every time. Give him thanks right now!! If he strengthened you then, I’m sure he will strengthen you today, tomorrow, and the days ahead. Believers don’t need to stress. Activate the Holy Spirit on the inside of you.

When you feel that you can’t make it stop and know Ephesians 3:20 KJV Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us….

You already have what it takes to be strong, you just have to read the word daily so you can apply the strength that God has already given you. Praise the Lord!!  Because an idle mind is were the devil gains power over us.

Therefore, when we are weak whether it is physically, mentally, or emotionally, meditate on his word.

How will you be strengthened? Ephesians 3:16 KJV That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man

What can we do with Christ’s strength? Phil 4:13 KJV I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Psalm 54:4 NIV Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.

Dear Father God I ask that you strengthen whoever may be reading this. Lord we cannot do anything without you and we thank you for the Holy Spirit that gives us strength when we are weak. For your strength God is made perfect in our weakness. We lay it all at your feet and thank you for being the God of grace and mercy and our strong tower in a time of weakness, trouble, or sorrow in Jesus precious name Amen.

 

 

It’s a Spiritual Battle

The job interview is on the calendar. The wedding is this summer. Your date is picking you up Saturday at 7pm. You have tickets to the concert of all concerts and not to mention front row seats. Each of these events have at least one thing in common, you have to get dressed – the clothing, jewelry, shoes, tie, etc. We know how to prepare for the glitz and glamour. It’s all good. Even when dealing with the outdoor elements you put on the proper jacket or coat. You plan and prepare every detail. Good for you.

Let me ask this, how prepared are you for the unexpected? The things that are out of your control, but you have the perfect plans to get them back under control. What do you do when your perfect world seems to be crumbling right before your eyes and those rose-colored glasses are not so rosey? What do you do when you feel as if you are being attacked on every side, from your boss to your spouse to burning the dinner? Even the pizza delivery guy is late and now you’re asking yourself are they part of the conspiracy too? The car broke down or you get laid off from your job, just how much can you take? How do you handle the controversary of the adversary coming for you to the point you start to doubt that God is for you and he is not your fortress or refuge in times of trouble? Now your thoughts get real deep… nobody is going through what I’m going through. And you are right, they may not be going through the exact same issues or crisis but believe me some days are better than others and that applies to everybody.

God’s word says in Ephesians 6:11 KJV Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. The evils of this world will try to throw you off balance and then you start rehearsing scenarios in your head on how you can turn it all around. God wants us stay girded up.

Black and white - full armour of God

You have your so call important to do list and itineraries and you know you have it all together and are ready to go!!

Let something go wrong and then Christ is the furthest thing from your mind and it should be just the opposite. It’s too bad that you think you can lay down your religion and deal with the mess and then when you’re done pick your religion right back up. It doesn’t work like that. You can’t decide you will be a disciple of Christ when things are going great and then do your flesh thing when it is not going so great for you. Do it the right way, put on the full armour of God.

We are fighting spiritual battles. Ephesians 6:12KJV For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Having on the full armour of God, you will not be shaken or distraught, but strong in the Lord and the power of his might. Are you fussing and cussing? Or are you praying and praising? Are you believing in the protection God provides or are you showing the fullness of your flesh? Put your attitude away, this is not about your flesh. Put on the full armour of God.

Ephesians 6:13-17 KJV Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 

Armor of God

No attire whether it be for an interview, wedding or date can compare to the full armour of God. This type of attire is temporary, at the end of the day it’s coming off. When the enemy attacks we tend to take it personal, but don’t forget we are in a spiritual battle. Put on the full armour of God because life without it, will make it hard to stand against the enemy. The full armour of God, have it on at all times. Be ready at all times.