When we hear the word “build”, we immediately think about a house or an ongoing project. Let’s look at the word from a different perspective.
Jude 1:20 (TLB)
But you, dear friends, must build up your lives ever more strongly upon the foundation of our holy faith, learning to pray in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit.
There are many ways we can choose to build our lives. Yet, Jude is suggesting to us in his epistle the very sure way to do so. That is when we build upon the foundation of our most holy faith. (This building is guaranteed to be stable, steadfast and productive). He is suggesting that we build upon the gift of God’s faith to us. In this case, saving faith.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Without God’s gift of saving faith, we will not have the Holy Spirit in us who teaches us how to pray. It is important because it is through praying in tongues that we build up our lives. It is impossible to have your life build without the intervention of the Holy Spirit.
So, by implication, for you to even attempt building your life,
· First, you must be saved
· You need to acknowledge your salvation as the foundation for your building
· You need to allow yourself to be taught by the Holy Spirit – he is the best teacher.
One thing is certain when you build your life with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can guarantee that your life will stand firm. For the glory of the Lord. Amen!
John 14:16 (NKJV)
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.