Jude speaks as a dear friend to the body of Christ, to be very carefully to take the time to build yourselves up in this most Holy Faith by,
- PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT,
- staying right at the center of God’s love and,
- keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ.
This is the unending life, the real life!
In order to “build yourself up,” this means to encourage, exhort, edify and praise yourself or someone in a way that will influence them.
Jude was sternly encouraging the church to go easy on those who hesitate (stall, get delayed, paused, stopped along the way!) in the faith.
And, he said like the Prodigal son’s father whose son went astray wasting his inheritance to go after those who take the wrong way.
In other words, Jude proclaims, don’t be quick to give up on them because as long as they got breathe in their natural body their is still hope they will do a U-turn in their walk with God along the way.
But instead he says for those who are on the right path to be tender with those who have sinned, but not soft on sin.
You see, their is a difference in loving the person but hating the actual sin itself.
And, Jude goes on to say defending the gospel that It is sin itself that actually stinks to high heaven.
I thank God because as I was meditating upon the LORD He spoke to me to release a word of encouragement that now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever, Amen, (Jude 1:24-25).
I do not care who has stopped and hesitated on this journey, we are going to pray for them, encourage them to get back in the race but we are going to finish strong as we continue into 2019!
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our LORD,” Romans 8:38-39.
“But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!
Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.
And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes,” Jude 1:20-25 MSG.
~ Apostle Geraldine Fisher
Apostle Geraldine Fisher has a World-Wide-Social Media Net-Work Ministry. As a Missionary, God moved her into the Office of a Prophet, revealing to her the qualities of a True prophet, humility, humiliation, loving others, interceding in prayer, as she keeps her own life clean to accurately hear from God. Since hearing the audible voice of God calling her to ministry, she’s been called to intercede and pray for others in ministry as God speaks, instructs, directs and gives prophetic words for her to give to others. God promised He would bring her to sit and to learn before great men, all of which He did!