DailyDevotionRead:  Jude 1:1-25

Focus:
Some ungodly people had wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. Jude 1:4  

Jude writes to the churches warning them of false teaching that’s leading people astray from the gospel under the banner of Christianity.

At the end of the day, what Jude says in this book is that theology matters and how we live out that theology matters.

The theological twist that God’s grace free’s us to live immoral lives is a lie that people still buy into to this day. I don’t hear many churches teaching it, but we subconsciously rationalize that if God has to forgive me, then I can do what I want and ask for forgiveness later. We rationalize that it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. Every one of us has done that at one point or another. It’s a human struggle, but beware if it has become a habit in your life.

The truth is, if God’s Spirit is living in you, and you’re walking in a relationship with God, you’ll think before intentionally disobeying Him.

In a culture where we can customize everything to our preference (I’m sitting in Starbucks where I can get coffee any way I want it) it’s tempting to try to customize our faith to our preferences as well.

Jesus didn’t give us that option though. He bids us come and die, so that we can live in Him – to obey His teaching and follow His gospel. As our world tries to redefine morality, and even rewrite theology to match it’s preferences, beware! It’s easy to unintentionally go along for that ride, but it leads to destruction.

We must heed Jude’s encouragement in vs 20-21  to “build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life.”

Remember your faith is “most holy,” a sacred covenant that you must guard. Remember that we need each other (“build each other up”). If you don’t have a small group of Christian friends that you are sharing life and faith with, get one. And remember, we need the Holy Spirit to empower us and keep us on track.

Take some time and meditate on your life in light of this passage.

Prayer:
Lord – forgive me for where I have tried to form my faith in my image instead of forming my likes to yours. I surrender again today and ask that you would help me to walk in the truth of your gospel and not get caught up in self-centered faith, or complicated faith that focuses on secondary issues. Keep me on track with your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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