The writer of Jude warned his readers 19 times that their lives were to reflect their confession. Are you heeding the warning?
Fathers day is a joyous occasion that honors our dad, but sometimes it can be complicated. Not all of us had a great relationship with our fathers, but that doesn’t have to cripple us for life. There is a way to overcome a bad past relationship.
People would like to believe that we are born “good,” but unfortunately, that isn’t the case. When we become believers, it’s even more apparent that we need to overcome these traits. Jesus gives a great life lesson to his disciples, focusing on how we are to be, and it is in complete opposition to how the world believes but is essential in making us more like him.
When false teachers enter a church it can be devastating to a local congregation, but it doesn’t have to be. When being trained to spot counterfeit bills they study the real bill so well that spotting a counterfeit becomes very easy. We can see false teaching just as easily if we know the real thing as well.
Believing that God loves us can be very difficult, especially when we look at ourselves from the world’s perspective. God’s character is entirely different from our own, and we need to understand how much he loves us and in what ways. Knowing this becomes a liberating knowledge and gives us a new view of ourselves.
Many people claim that they are “saved,” but what are they basing that on? The writer of Jude gave his audience a reminder and a warning. It reminded them of the times God’s judgment fell and warned his readers to look deeper than just the surface. How do we look deeper, and what do we see?
Most people desire to do the things they want to do without restrictions. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can be perilous when that desire creeps into the church as teaching. How did Jude, in his book, deal with this heretical teaching?
There has always been tension in the Church between grace and works. How are we to view grace? There is a view that says we have the freedom to do what we want because God has saved us, but is that true? Does God want us to bear any responsibility for the way we live?
We use barometers as indicators of the conditions around us, but are there spiritual barometers? James points out to his readers that there were people within the church that weren’t what they seemed. How did he know that? How do you know where you stand concerning the same indicators?
When we try to do things on our own, we sometimes experience success, but when it comes to pleasing God, we can become resistant to him or fall into depression because we don’t measure up. Have you tried to get to heaven in your own strength? Jesus has already accomplished everything you need for success.