“These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: how they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts. These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit.”
Jude 1:16-19 NKJV
Oh my! The Scriptures the Lord places before me! I am finding that in these exciting times, the Bible has become overwhelmingly relevant, as it has become an accurate picture and predictor of the days in which we live.
As the church has sought to be relevant in the world, there has been an effort to be “seeker sensitive”, to make church palatable for the lost in the hopes that they will rush into the pews to hear the Gospel. The net result has been bigger numbers, but a much more spiritually shallow congregation. Churches have become a mile wide and an inch deep.
The pews are full of people who do not know the Lord, who are not born again, and have little regard for the things of God. They are there to feed their appetites, to fulfill desires that are not godly. Many are there to make sport of the saints, not realizing the danger that awaits them.
“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.”
Matthew 13:24-25 NKJV
“Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ””
Matthew 13:30 NKJV
These apostates are tares sown amongst the wheat. In due time, the Lord will deal with them, suddenly and with no mercy.
The wheat are heavy with fruit for the harvest and bow down, as the tares, having no fruit, stand tall and proud. Likewise, those filled with God have been humbled at the grace and love of Jesus, bowed low, knowing that they have been saved from lives full of sin.
As a follower of Jesus, we focus on the Lord, seeking His presence in the Scriptures, praying for all the saints. We are to be faithful to the Lord, serving as His ambassadors, in the church building and without.
“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Jude 1:3-4 NKJV
In these latter days, long anticipated and now here, we must truly and diligently contend for the faith. The evil one has sown fake news in with the Good News, and it time for faithful workmen, approved by God, to go and make sure that the word of God is faithfully presented.
There’re coming days when endurance will be necessary for the men and women of God to stand. There is no endurance in a false message that does not hold to the truth: you MUST be born again. There must be repentance from sin, there must be adherence to the Great Commission.
Those who come in speaking lying doctrines, filled with fleshly lust and lewdness, must be confronted, isolated and removed, as they are cancers in the body of Christ. Satan has had his followers sown amongst the elect since the garden, and there their time is coming. They have been an enemy for far too long.
But use care. Some are immature believers, not yet sanctified enough to walk rightly.
“These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.”
Jude 1:12-13 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, make no assumptions that those you walk with are walking the same direction as you, but endeavor to walk circumspectly, using wisdom and seeking guidance for your own person, as you are the only one responsible for your spiritual development.
Love one another, and speak godly truth to one another in the hope that if one is apostate, they may be convicted of their need for a savior and converted. There is no greater place than in proximity to those saved by the Gospel, but no more dangerous place than to be lost and ignoring the great cloud of living witnesses, each saved, born again and filled with the Holy Spirit.
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.”
Jude 1:20-23 NKJV
Have a fabulous Friday!