November 10, 2014

Read:  Jude 16-18, 20-25

The Book of Jude is one of those books you learn about in Bible Drill, but never really study. When you start reading Jude, you may think he has just read today’s headlines!   While Jude issued a warning to believers that in the end times, there would be those who would cause divisions and be devoid of the Spirit, he offered encouragement. Jude encouraged us to stay strong in the faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, to stay in the love of God, to wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life, and to show mercy to those who doubt. He closed with encouragement, reminding us that, through Jesus Christ our Lord, we are presented blameless before God and with praise to God be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever!

As we go about our everyday life, are we grumblers, or are we encouragers? Do we show mercy to those who doubt? Father, help us to be strong in the faith, to pray in the Holy Spirit, and to show mercy to those who doubt.

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your compassion and love toward others.  Offer prayers for your loved ones and others who do not know Jesus and for those in need.  Ask God to use you to tell others about Him and show His love. Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.