Bible Reading: Jude
Can you believe it’s day 21?!
Thank you for being a part of Surge in this season! You have contributed a significant deal to the collective grace we have enjoyed before God. It wouldn’t have been the same if you weren’t there.
We round off today reading the single chapter of the Book of Jude. It is a book that provides a timeless admonition to believers.
I think Jude’s exhortation is even more timely in a day and age where values are increasingly being lost and watered down. It seems falsehood is gaining ground at the expense of the truth. Deception is intense. Error is prevalent.
‘But you… ‘ Jude 17
‘But you…’ Jude 20
I pray that we will learn to create this distinction on ourselves and not get swamped by the spirit of the age.
As we read these words, may we be reminded that God calls us to stand out as light, not to be overwhelmed or drawn in by the darkness.
May this be a year of you standing out!
The two distinctions Jude creates are in themselves instructive:
‘But you, beloved, remember…’ Jude 17
We must live by more than what the world puts in our sight. We must live by more than the apparent. We must be people who choose to create a remembrance. What do you call to mind that brings you hope? What do you call to mind that gives you a firm footing despite the negativity that surrounds you? Don’t leave things to chance- remember!
‘But you, beloved, building yourselves up…’ Jude 20
Secondly, we can’t afford to live by merely trying not to be corrupted in an evil age. We can’t afford to be merely trying to play safe. Jude exhorts us to be building! The true way to keep our ground is to be gaining more ground. The true way to keep our confidence is to be building it. The true way to keep our integrity and character is to be building it! The true way to keep is to build!
As we end this edition of Surge, and as you face up to the exciting year ahead, the final words of Jude seem very apt:
And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes. Jude 24-25 MSG
Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]— To the one only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever (unto all the ages of eternity). Amen (so be it). Jude 24-25 AMPC
PS: It’s Vision Weekend 2020! We had an amazing time at Surgefest Mega Prayer Night yesterday and this morning, we have our Vision Presentation Sunday by 9 am!
If you have areas of need you want us to be praying for, you’re still welcome to send them in. And thanks to everyone who has sent in Praise reports! Such beautiful stories of God’s involvements! You’re still welcome to send in testimonies and praise reports of what God has done for you in this season of Surge and we’ll also love to know about your fasting experience!
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