Scripture Reading: Jude 1:3–23
Key Verses: Jude 1:20–21
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
We must be careful to reinforce our faith so that we can stand firm against the subversive pull of the world. But how can we build a stronger faith?
- We must saturate our minds with the holy, unchanging Word of God. Then the Holy Spirit will continually refresh our minds and bring new insights as we develop Christian maturity.
- We must commit to pray in the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 6:18). We can trust the Spirit to guide us in our prayers, leading us with regard to what, when, and how to pray.
- We must keep ourselves in the love of God. Of course, we can never fall beyond the scope of God’s love, but we shouldn’t ever take His amazing grace for granted. With that in mind, we need to closely guard our intimacy with Him and the time we spend in His presence.
- We must wait anxiously for the return of Jesus Christ. For Christians, the Second Coming is the most anticipated event in history, and we need to keep our eyes on this goal. The thought that Christ could return at any moment is a purifying and protective realization for the believer (1 John 3:2–3).
There is no “magic formula” for Christian growth, but these simple steps, laid out in Jude 1:20–23, can serve as a guide as we strive to protect our faith from the snares of the world.
Lord, saturate my mind with Your Word and fill me with Your Spirit. Keep me in Your love as I await Your return.