Sunday, January 28, 2018

Life Lessons From Jude - Prayers For You

As we conclude this series on building Godly character traits using the book of Jude as our guide; here are my encouragements to you. As a way of expressing your love towards God, implement the WORD heard into your life and receive the transformation that comes as a result of doing so.
Your life can change. Do not give up.
There is room for improvement. Do not say I am doing a lot already.
You have not arrived your very best yet. Avoid stagnation. Strife for a spirit of excellence in any and everything you say and do. Partner with the helper; the Holy Spirit.

So, Father, you have taught us. We have learned and we are agreeing this day to make changes in order to reflect you more.
-Like Jude, we choose to identify ourselves not by our doing but by our being, by whose we are (and that is You) and when necessary, with our earthly family. We will let our families feel our presence and consciously let our family take their rightful place in our lives.
-We choose to let you shape our thinking, our views and our perspectives concerning any and everything. We choose this day to hold on to your reputation about us. Because our reputation is Christ.
-We will make you priority over anyone and anything else. You are our choice. We value you over anyone and anything.
-You have taught us through the book of Jude that we should be vigilant, keeping watch over the craftiness of the enemy lest we become victims. So Lord, this day we make up our minds to remain spiritually alert and on guard. Using the word as our guide. Using wisdom and discretion from above.
-We choose to keep company with you on purpose; communicating with you always as a way of nurturing our companionship. Today, we are making up our minds to choose those we associate with because we understand that bad company corrupts good morals. We do not want to be corrupted. We want to grow and have a godly influence on those around, below and above us.
-Father, we choose to improve on our acts of responsibility just as we have been taught through your servant Jude. As a way of being responsible, we will not let our lives be destroyed nor the lives of those around us. We will prayerfully identify the problem and use wisdom to resolve the problem.
As a way of being responsible, we will take ownership of our spiritual growth and maturation and also encourage those around us likewise. As iron sharpeneth iron, so one person sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17). We choose to be those responsible irons that sharpen another.
-Father, we declare this day that we are improving our readiness to share the word. When faced with life’s challenges, you Word would be our First Go To because you have the best solutions for us. We will use your word to build others up. We will partner with the helper (who is the Holy Spirit), learning to pray in the power and strength of the holy spirit so that we can build solid lives on our foundation of faith.
-Lord, we will continue to learn through your word how to live within the boundaries where your love can reach and bless us. We want to enjoy the blessings, we want our lives to be full and overflow for your glory.
-We are declaring this day that we will improve on our acts of service, remembering that as servant leaders we can also be of service through our words. As we help others grow, we will be cautious not to become victims of their sinful actions, but properly represent Christ, letting our light shine so bright in order to win them over. For your word tells us that, he who wins a soul is wise. Proverbs 11:30b.
-Father, we declare that we would show reverence and honor to you all the days of our lives. We make praise and worship a lifestyle.
In Jesus Name. Amen!

Life Lessons From Jude - Service and Caution

Jude proceeds by telling us that we can be of service to unbelievers by showing kindness. Jude encourages us to show kindness on purpose. Kindness is a quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.

Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Emphasis Mine

When you physically clothe yourselves, do you realize that it is a conscious, purposeful activity? So too it is with kindness. We are told by the above scripture to “clothe” ourselves with kindness. Show kindness consciously and on purpose. It is a useful character trait because Jesus showed kindness to others while on earth. We should do likewise.

Jude also says we should hate every trace of sin, yet help the sinner. In an attempt to help someone deal with certain aspects of their lives, for example, disobedience, stealing, pride, lies telling, vain talk, laziness, etc. It is important that you do not become a victim of circumstance as well.

An aspect of caution is also observed in Jude’s epistle when he realized that the Christian community had been infiltrated by godless teachers. He took responsibility to provide words of wisdom, advice, and caution on how to deal with the situation without becoming a victim of the situation.


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