Build Your Christian Life!
The Christian life must never stand still; if it does, it will go backward. A house left to itself falls apart. The apostates are in the business of tearing down, but each Christian must be involved in building up—first, his own spiritual life and then his local assembly.
But you, dear friends, as you build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life.
Four Responses To False Teachers
Jude goes on to commend four responses to us.
1. Build Yourselves Up In The Most Holy Faith – Know The Truth
We have to learn what the truth is, and that means we must study the Bible. Notice, Jude doesn’t call for a counterinsurgency against the false teachers. He doesn’t call for an inquisition or a hanging of these deceivers. His solution is not a negative – it’s a positive.
He says, “Fight lies with the truth! Know the truth, and the lies will never harm you.”
The Word of God is certainly central in spiritual growth. I have yet to meet a strong, fruitful Christian who ignores his Bible. We must daily spend devotional time in the Word, seeking the mind of God. We must also study the Word regularly, in a disciplined way, so that we better understand what it teaches.
Watchman Nee, the gifted Chinese preacher, use to read through the New Testament once a month. This becomes apparent when you read his books, for you are struck with his wonderful insights into God’s Word. The members of the Chinese church used to have a saying, “No Bible—no breakfast!” If we followed that motto, I wonder how many Christians would go hungry.
2. Pray In The Spirit
To pray in the Holy Spirit means to pray according to His teaching and in His power, depending upon God. Study and learn what prayer is, following the teaching of Scripture about it. Obey the Holy Spirit in your prayer life.
3. Keep Ourselves In The Love Of God
Jude is saying to us, “God’s love is just like the sunshine, constantly shining on you. But you can put up barriers to shade yourself from His love. Don’t do that! Keep yourself in the bright sunshine of His love! Keep walking in the experience of His goodness!”
We must constantly purge sin from our lives through confession, allowing His love and forgiveness to continually flow through our hearts, filling our lives. When we choose to hide in the shadows, His love is out there, but we remain dark and cold by our own choosing. He loves us whether we are in fellowship with Him or not, but when we walk in communion with Him, we experience and feel the warmth of His love.
4. Wait For The Mercy Of Our Lord Jesus Christ To Eternal Life
This refers to our expectation of the second coming of Christ. We must keep our hope bright and alert, looking for Jesus to intervene in history, bringing to an end the age of sin and suffering. Our prayer of expectation is, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”
DECLARATION OF FAITH
I continually build myself up in my most holy faith, praying in the Spirit (in tongues).
I keep myself under the covering of God’s love as I wait for the mercy of Jesus to bring me to everlasting life.
I pray this declaration of faith in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
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