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Jude 10 ” Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do not understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals – these are the very things that destroy them.”

Jude was warning the Church that they had allowed false teachers to infiltrate the Body of Believers.  These men were called Libertines, and their corrupt doctrine suggested that Christ’s grace released them from all authority or restraint.  They believed in absolute freedom without any control by God’s moral law.  Their creed was, “Our souls are saved by grace, so whatever we do with our bodies, which will perish anyway, doesn’t matter! So we can do whatever we want, whenever we want to.”  But Jude saw it as blaspheme and corruption both morally and spiritually…and likened them to wild animals… without conscious or control.

Psalm 56:8 ” Record my lament; list my tears on Your scroll – are they not on Your record? “

The Lord hears and puts down in writing all my mourning and outcries.  He keeps a record of every tear I have shed and places them in His wine-skin…or some translations say places them in a bottle.  We may think that our grief and weeping goes unnoticed…but it’s never beyond the compassionate eye of God.

Job 17:11 “My days have passed, my plans are shattered, and so are the desires of my heart.”

Time waits for no one.  With each passing day, we are a little older and unfortunately, the hopes and dreams we have a little less likely to happen.  When we’re young, we look at time and the future as something with limitless possibilities…but when we’re older, or disease overtakes our body…time suddenly  becomes very precious.  Each one of us has been allotted a certain amount of time here on the earth…time we can choose to use productively or rashly.  So how are you managing your time today?  Are you using it to forward God’s Kingdom…or are you aimlessly pilfering it away?  Time is getting short…make the very most of it today.

I Timothy 4:12 ” Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the Believers in speech, in life, in faith and in purity.”

The Apostle Paul was encouraging Timothy to stand up for himself as a Pastor,  even though he was considered young for the position.  Paul admonished him to behave in such an exemplary way, with integrity and confidence, that no one within the Church would question his assignment.  Timothy was to lead by example…his way of life on constant display for others to imitate and follow.   I would then challenge all of you who are also considered “young”…don’t think being youthful is an excuse to not set a good example.  Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t influence others for Christ while modeling  God’s love to the world.

Joshua 22:5 ” But be very careful to keep the commandment and the Law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.”

You can see the love of God in His covenant relationship with His people.  He wants only the very best for us and in return asks only for our obedience.  For when we pay careful attention to our obligations to this covenant…primarily in our lifestyle and relationship with Him…others will sense the difference in us and ask questions.  And those questions can lead to eternal answers.

I John 3:18 ” Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

To move towards loving one another…we must move away from empty meaningless words and move towards words and actions that are rooted in sincerity.   So, how’s your follow-through?  Are you real good at promising things, but then lack the commitment to carry them out?  Romans 12:9 tells us, “Love must be sincere…”    When your word is your bond,  your actions are dependable and genuine…and the integrity of your character will never be questioned.   When your actions follow your words…the love of Christ is carried out and on display for all to see.

I Corinthians 1:27 ” But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

God could easily use the powerful and super-intelligent to move His Kingdom forward…but He doesn’t.  He could utilize those who are  idolized and obsessed over…but He chooses not to.  God would rather select those who the world would view as ridiculous to direct the course of redemptive history.  Verses 28-29 go on to say, “He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.”    God uses everyday, common, ordinary people to do extraordinary work for Him on a regular basis.  He takes the nonsensical and creates the incredible.  All He needs is a willing heart and spirit.