Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Instructions from Jude

Jude 1:17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Jude 1:18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
Jude 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

I see three parts to this instruction from the book of Jude. First we should be aware that not all are wanting to do good. Many follow their own lusts and openly mock the things of God, that includes you and I and the Bible. They may be as Paul said; " the messenger of Satan to buffet us." (2Cor 12:7-9)

The second instruction from Jude was to stay close to God through the Holy Ghost. We are to build ourselves up, or as David did; we are to encourage ourselves through bringing to remembrance the word of God and our testimonies in Him. We are to pray in the Holy Ghost, it could be in words understood or in groanings that the Spirit interprets and brings to the Father.

Rom_8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

We are to keep ourselves in the love of God. He will love us always, but we may have a tendency to put other things before him, as idols. We are to keep ourselves pure and unspotted from the world looking for his coming unto eternal life.

2Pet 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

The third part of the instruction was to reach out to the lost. Not all will respond but through compassion we can make a difference. Some may need stronger words. I remember when I met Joan in an aol room about suicide. She was ready to die, in deep bondage and without hope. She needed hope and assurance, but not from a half hearted person. I believed every word that I shared with her. I spoke with her for hours from God's word and she made a commitment to Jesus Christ that night. She literally was pulled from the fires of hell and made free inside. Months later she was free indeed and an active witness to help others out of bondage.

Isa 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

If we are going to be fruitful we must stay in the word and in prayer, resist the devil and by the Holy Spirit reach out to the lost. Be faithful, be diligent and he will lead you to the place of usefulness.

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