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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.

Romans 9:20 ” But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “

I’m not accusing anyone of flagrant disrespect towards the Lord…for we’d all be quick to deny it.  But what I’m asking  is more about the covert and secretive disrespect we show the Lord…the brashness that no one seldom  knows of.   The sin of omission is simply not doing what God wants us to do.  It’s apathy and neglect on our part, but also thinking we know more than He does.  Now we’re not brazenly telling God we refuse…we’re just quietly ignoring it…hoping it’ll just go away.  But one of the most glaring signs of covert disrespect we can show God is to declare to Him, ” I can’t do that!”    So as the verse asks…just who are you to talk back to God?

II Samuel 7:22 ” How great You are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like You, and there is no God but You, as we have heard with our own ears.”

Verbal histories from our elderly family members give us insight into just where we come from.  Those precious stories are filled with important events, human struggles, and surprising accounts of things we had no prior knowledge of.  Within those verbal histories,  we hear bits of wisdom, sage advice, personal warnings, and lots of humor.  With our own ears we listen as important information is given to us about the past.  But have you ever thought about how important it is to give a “verbal history” to your children or grandchildren about God’s influence in your life?  A once I was… but now I am… testimony showing the Lord’s redemptive power over sin in your life is more important than any other story you could share with them.

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.

Matthew 6:6 ” But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, Who is unseen. Then your Father, Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Praying shouldn’t be a publicity stunt for the cameras while seeking  15 minutes of fame. For it’s our personal, intimate conversation with God…and He takes prayer very seriously…and so should we.  As a Believer, I’ve seen the power of prayer and witnessed how intercessory prayer can literally  change the atmosphere.  But we tend to think of prayer as some sweet little poem we recite at the dinner table before meals and not the authoritative commands we can speak under the power of  Jesus’ blood.   To paraphrase I John 4:4, Greater is He who is in me, than he who is in the world.  And if we could but grasp a glimpse of just how powerful our prayers are…this world would be shaken, and all the evil in it.   May I then be so bold as to encourage  you to prayer walk around your town…around your schools…around the area you live in.  For we are all asking ourselves the same question, “What can I  do  in the face of all this evil in the world?”  The answer is prayer…bold, impassioned prayer.

II Chronicles 15:2 ” The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”

People have really good excuses why they don’t want anything to do with God.  “Religion is only for the weak that need a crutch.”  “I’ll get right with God when I get old and about to die…you know, like Fire Insurance…something you have just incase.”  “I don’t believe any of that mumbo-jumbo Jesus garbage.”   So when you’re confronted by this, what is the best answer?  The Truth.  You don’t need to defend God…He’s perfectly capable of defending Himself, thank you.  You state the Truth in love, but neither do you water down the Truth to make it more palatable for all.   The Truth is,  if you forsake God, He’ll reject you…forever.

John 1:10 ” He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.”

I think as Believers,  we all smugly think that if we had lived during Biblical times and had witnessed the miracles and teachings of Jesus…we would of immediately realized He was the Messiah.  But would we?  Humanity saw Him as just another man…indeed, a good man who taught with unheard of authority and passion, but still just a flesh and blood human like the rest of us.  Would we have been  able to recognize  His divinity…when the incarnate Jesus Christ…the embodiment of God took on human form and lived among us?  I would hope and pray so.