Tag: praying in the Holy Spirit
Scripture reading for November 28th: Ezekiel 41-44, Jude
Key Scriptures: Jude 20-25 “But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His Glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Jude advocated an active faith for those facing the persecution and lawlessness of the last days. Prayer in the Holy Spirit builds us up in our faith. Showing mercy to others and sharing the Gospel with the lost are acts of faith that build us up and the body of Christ. Christ will present us blameless before His Glory at the proper time!
Ezekiel 43:1-2 “Then he led me to the gate, the gate facing east. And behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east. And the sound of His coming was like the sound of many waters, and the earth shone with His Glory!”
Prayer: Lord, help me to actively wait for the revelation of Your Glory, exercising my faith by deeds of mercy and Holy Spirit led prayers. Amen.
Scripture reading for November 29th: Jude
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Jude 20-23 “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; snatching others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear–hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”
Jude, a half-brother of Jesus Christ, wrote to encourage believers to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. (Jude vs. 3) He warned them of deceivers and false teachers that would come to move them away from a stand of faith. They must stay strong in the faith by standing on God’s word and praying in the Holy Spirit. Through this kind of prayer, they would build themselves up in faith and continue showing God’s love to the lost and those going astray.
Observations for over-comers: Praying in the Holy Spirit enables over-coming faith and loving acts of mercy for those headed for eternal destruction. “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not He who weighs the heart perceive it, . .?”” (Proverbs 24:11-12)
Scripture reading for December 8th: Jude 1-25
The short letter of Jude, a brother of James and half-brother of Jesus, is a call to spiritual battle against false teachers and deception. Where the truth is taught, the enemy of God’s people will send opposition. We are in a spiritual war and the battle is sometimes within the church!
“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write to urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” (Jude 3-4) Jude’s letter is a call to battle! This battle is for the believer’s faith. Satan has sent false men into the church to try and get the church to deny their faith in Christ and His word by seducing them with immorality! This was warned of long ago!
God has judged immorality severely in the past. Jude cited the Israelites who died in the desert because of God’s judgment on their idolatry and immorality. (Jude 5-7) He reminded them of the destruction by fire of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns because of their perversion. “They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” Jude plainly warned the church of God’s wrath against sexual sin. He is the Lord who does not change!
“But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in you most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” (Jude 17-20) A good way to counteract the false teachers is to stay close to the words of the apostles–the Holy Scriptures. Along with this, praying in the Holy Spirit also builds up the spiritual man and keeps us in the faith and love of Jesus Christ. Jude’s advice is a good word for us today! We are reading God’s word, now let’s pray in the Spirit!