Do you feel discouraged with the state of America’s lack of love, respect, and need for God? Has the shift in attitude and respect towards Christianity left you saddened, bewildered, and maybe even angry?
Well, you are not alone.
However, we cannot let these feelings dictate our actions and lessen our faith.
God’s reminder for us today is that we must remain faithful till the end.
Matthew 10:22 (NKJ): And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
Matthew 24:10-13 (NKJ): And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Yes, these words of encouragement are great, but sometimes we need a little more in the way of application. Today, God led me to share the words written in Jude.
Jude 1: 3-23 (NLT):
Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. 4 I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
5 So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful. 6 And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment. 7 And don’t forget Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and serve as a warning of the eternal fire of God’s judgment………………….
17 But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ predicted. 18 They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. 19 These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.
20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.
22 And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.
God really spoke to me with these few words in Jude 1:5:
Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful.
We must always remember and be faithful to the One who saves us.
Also, in these present times, I am encouraged through the Book of Jude to do these 6 things:
- Build up my brothers and sisters in Christ-encourage them;
- Pray in the power of Holy Spirit;
- Never lose sight of the Lord’s return…He is coming back…and my actions, thoughts, and prayers should be in preparation of said return;
- Show mercy to those who may be falling away; Pray for them; Try to guide them back;
- Keep preaching and teaching the Word of God because it ain’t over till it’s over (Jesus’ return);
- Show love, but without loosing sight of God’s truth and shying away from speaking about and against sin. However, I must do so cautiously, allowing Holy Spirit to guide me and give me the words to speak to each and every person I minister to because what speaks to one may not minister to another.
I know these things are easier said than done. But, the scriptures are clear. God wouldn’t ask us to do it if it was not possible through His strength. Yes, we must do it in His strength because doing it in our strength leads to discouragement, frustration, and anger.
I believe prayer is where we will get our strength.
Once again, I would like to share this little tidbit I got from Facebook:
Prayer is our weapon.
Next time, we will look at a little prayer from the great prophet Daniel. I think his prayer will offer great insight to how we pray for America.
Until next time,