by Christina Farris
Jude 1:17-25 KJV
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
One place we can all rest is in the love of God. God grace is for each of us. Salvation is ours if we only receive Christ as Lord and Savior. Yet after salvation we need to remain in Christ. I think of the huge revivals when many people are saved, but how many leave not knowing their relationship with Christ is just beginning. As a believer we have a responsibility ourselves to reamin in Christ. Christ is able to keep us from falling. Yet just like in ice rink, learning to skate, one needs a rail or even a coaches hand to steady them and keep them from falling on the ice. How do we remain in Christ? One learns to follow Christ by reading the Bible and study, but also listening to the Holy Spirit. To follow Christ is to learn to turn away from sin and walk in the things of God. Not following the desires of the heart into sin, but the desires of the heart that care about others as well as one’s own self. To care enough to tell someone else of the hope of Christ. That salvation is there’s also. By doing just simple sharing we are helping those still standing in the flames of hell, ready for those flames to destory and devour them. One can not force their beliefs on another, only share what God has done for them in hopes they to will understand the hope in Christ.
Hard to walk away from someone in pain when you know the power of God healed you. The question is why not them too. Is it a lack of faith of the one praying or the one receiving prayer, Is it because of some secret sin, or known sin in a person life that God not choosing to heal. Truth no one fully knows the answer til healing comes. But the healing from sin is simple, confession at the throne of God. Coming to place of understanding the need to pray and ask for forgiveness, but not just to repent, but to walk in God’s grace doing the will God. Are we concious of the will of God in our life? The will God for him to use us as we yield to Him. Moses did not do one miracle without the power of God in His life. Yet he even failed God at times. We are not all called to be prophets like Moses, nor are we all called to be ruler in pharoah court like Joseph, who by God given ability interpret a dream for Pharoah. It not always about solving problems for others, but learning to be a vessel for God to pour out his love. Philip caught up with chariot to testify who Christ was in the book of Isaiah. Apparently Philip like running. Yet he soon found himself else where sharing the Gospel. It not by our power, that we share Christ, it is by the Holy Spirit teaching us how to share and when. It remain in Christ even when the road seems a little rocky or troublesome. No one does it right. We have to learn to remain in Christ and not go chasing in all directions. One would think as God uses you for his glory it be enough to keep one from falling, but the human nature is not always for Christ. It something that has to be learned as well as practiced. Yet Christ is able to keep our feet from slipping. Christ can put up road blocks. God is wise, and he waiting for us to desire Him and His ways. He patient in teaching us His ways.
Dear Heavenly Father enable us to walk for you, by following Christ and your Spirit. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study: Hebrew 13:20-21 KJV
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.