Sunday, December 31, 2017

Life Lessons From Jude - Vigilance

1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Emphasis Mine

Oxford definition of vigilant – Keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulty (ies).
In this case, there was ongoing danger – Jude 1:4a and he further goes on to tell us the characteristics of the men.

Jude 1:4 (NKJV)
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.

Characteristics of the false teachers;
·       Men marked for condemnation long ago
·       Ungodly men
·       Men who say God’s grace permits us to live immoral lives
·       Men who have denied Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior

As you journey through life, it is not an excuse to be unvigilant. If you lose sight of where you are heading, you will head for danger real quickly.  My question to you is this – what are the characteristics of the people you have allowed to creep into your life unnoticed? What are they? Who are they? Can you identify them? Can you tell when the atmosphere of your life changes? It takes a vigilant person to identify those specifics.

What about the things you permit to get in through the gates of your life – like your eye gate, ear gate, mouth gate, mind gate, etc? My encouragement to you is this, live life purposefully and you will enjoy the benefits while on earth for the glory of the Lord. Amen.

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