Jude 1:17-22; “Dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said would happen. They told you, “In the last times there will be people who laugh at God and do only what they want to do—things that are against God.” These are the people who divide you. They are not spiritual, because they don’t have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, use your most holy faith to build yourselves up even stronger. Pray with the help of the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves safe in God’s love, as you wait for the Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy to give you eternal life. Help those who have doubts. Rescue those who are living in danger of hell’s fire. There are others you should treat with mercy, but be very careful that their filthy lives don’t rub off on you.”
This very short letter written by Jude, James brother, could have been written for us today. It hits the target when he explains in verse 4 that “They are against God. They have used the grace of our God in the wrong way—to do sinful things.” He’s not writing this to sinners, but people in the church. Often I see the church making allowances for people to continue sinning within the church. They turn their eyes and hearts in the other direction, away from the Word of truth which clearly calls sin, sin.
Jude says that they’re not spiritual because they don’t have the Spirit. You see, it’s the Spirit of God that leads us into all truth. It’s the Spirit of God who is our helper, our comforter and who gives us wisdom, understanding and discernment. If we submit our desires to the Lord, He will show us which are right and which are wrong and the Word of God will confirm it to us. You see, the grace of God was given to help us to keep from sinning, not give us special privilege to do whatever we think or feel is right. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” So he knew we had weaknesses and never intended for us to use our own strength to win the battle of our flesh. He wants us to rely on His strength. How do we do this, by praying in the Holy Spirit (tongues-see Acts 2:4) which according to Jude makes us stronger.
Oh how I love the Word of God. It gives us such clarity if we’ll just read it and obey it. It is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. When I don’t know which way to go, I pray in the Spirit and ask God to show me. As I wait on the Lord and read His Word, He always shows me clearly that there is only one way to live with peace and joy, that is to obey His Word alone. Not mans compromised version of the Word. Not the law of the land, but the Word. Anything or anyone that attempts to usurp the Word of God is a liar and the truth is not in them. It’s time to take a stand for truth in love. It must be our moral compass.
Father, I’m again thankful that your Word is alive and powerful, sharper than a two edged sword or scalpel, cutting out false statements and compromise. Thank you that You love us so much that You sent Your Word to heal us and deliver us from all our diseases. Thank You for Your son, Jesus who gave His life so that we could live, not as powerless wimpy Christians, but You sent us the Holy Spirit to live with us and make us strong, always abiding in the truth of Your Word. I pray for each one of my friends, perhaps they’ve allowed others to define Your Word for them instead of relying on Your Holy Spirit to lead them into truth. Show them Your ways, oh Lord. Renew a right spirit within them. May they turn and become Your disciples in Jesus’ name. Amen