Good Morning Girls!!
Today, I am in the book of Jude. An A-M-A-Z-I-N-G little book of just one chapter that came alive for me as I read it over and over again until its truths began to sink into my heart in a fresh way. I hope you will stop and read it too and allow what I share to penetrate deep into your heart today.
1. God knows My Name!
God knows who I am and is able to keep me faultless and from falling with exceeding JOY!
God knows YOUR name TOO! He knows exactly what your innermost struggles are and what situations in your life are pulling you down.
God can absolutely:
Keep you faultless,
And give you exceeding JOY!
Seriously, He can!
We all want to have a ‘good name’ and do not want to be confused with someone else. Jude was one of Jesus’ disciples and likely the author of this little book. You will remember another disciple, Judas, who betrayed Jesus. Jude is not to be confused – he had a ‘good’ name!!
2. Jude, Identifies Himself as a Servant of Jesus Christ.
Mamas? Do you identify yourself with Jesus Christ?
The book of Jude was written as an encouragement to Believers to ‘contend earnestly for the faith’ (vs. 3).
As mothers, we too are servants who are:
Sanctified by God the Father (vs. 1)
Preserved in Jesus Christ (vs. 1)
Did you ever think how as a mother you are sanctified, preserved, and Called to serve your families?
What a high calling!
Doesn’t that just give you purpose to your days so full of diaper changes, laundry, cleaning, and endless cooking?
These tasks are mundane and repetitive, especially in a society that doesn’t place any value in the home or family.
When you realize how important your job is in God’s eyes, there is a whole new spin on life.
3. The Book of Jude is Also a Warning
We are to be aware that there are people in our church fellowships that have crept in without our knowing it who are denying God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
There are some serious warnings of
What to look out for
And a call to action to examine our hearts
with the reassurance that God will keep us in the faith
Jude is telling Believers that this is really happening.
The astounding thing is that this is still happening more than ever today.
I challenge you to carefully read Jude (over and over like I did?) and to fully understand the careful description of the possibility of ungodly people who pose as godly people in our church communities.
4. How To Be Kept Faultless & From Falling with Exceeding Joy
Building up yourselves in your most holy faith (vs. 20) – You can build yourself up in your faith by keeping in God’s word daily. I like to read my Bible first thing in the morning but if you have littles, you may have to be creative.
Praying in the Holy Spirit (vs 20) – Don’t forget to pray!! Praying is important enough to find that balance between reading the Bible and time spent in alone with God in prayer.
Keep yourselves in the love of God (vs. 21) – Abiding is a word that shows me how to ‘keep’ myself in the love of God. You were given all of the Holy Spirit when you were saved, you just need to allow Him full control!!
Looking for mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life (vs. 21) – I like that we are to ‘look’ for mercy. Expect mercy. Look towards our future eternal life.
God is able to keep you from falling (vs. 23) – The book of Jude is meant to be an encouragement that you CAN be KEPT from falling. I have seen a terrible situation and God has proven to me that He can keep me in His arms of protection from falling.
God is able to keep you faultless (vs. 23) – Yes!! God can also keep you faultless. No we are not perfect but we can be kept faultless.
God is able to keep you in the presence of His glory with exceeding JOY (vs. 23) – Despite situations you might be facing, God can and will keep you in the presence of His glory and give you exceeding joy!! That is incredible!! Unbelievable!! But it is so true. I have totally seen it in my life and am here to say that God has given me exceeding joy along with mercy and peace (vs. 1).
Maybe you aren’t facing anything unusual in your life right now. Just tuck this away in case you ever need it. If you know exactly what I am sharing about, I hope you are encouraged today.
“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. To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” ~Jude 1:24-25~
Are you contending earnestly for the faith? My thoughts on being kept faultless from falling from our faith in Jesus is not exhaustive, do you have anything to add to what I have shared?