Crazy Days!

Jude 1: 17 – 21

But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God.

I am really blessed by this encouragement and direction from the Lord. I hope it blesses you too. A friend of mine said today that she believes we are in the last days, that maybe Jesus is on his way. Well, one must say we are living in strange times.

Without a doubt, the last week has demonstrated just what this verse predicts. What I love about this, though, is that it doesn’t leave us in a state of desperation. It tells us exactly what we need for our own hearts’ safety. Thanks to God for that.

When you read the introduction to this chapter you learn that Jude wrote to the called. I think this might offer an additional measure of comfort but listen to exactly what he calls you, “To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ.” Then part of his purpose in writing is revealed in the next words, “May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you” (Jude 1: 2). The author wants to give you the wisdom and guidance which will multiply love, peace and mercy to you. Therefore, he intones, “Beloved, build(ing) yourselves up on your most holy faith (by) praying in the Holy Spirit.” Second, “keep yourselves in the love of God.”

So, ask yourself, what do you need to do to keep yourself in the love of God. This question is intended to help you take care of yourself. It is not about others. Clearly, one of the things Jude recommends is praying in the Spirit.

Whether these days pass, or they don’t, we need to find our solace and our strength in the Lord Jesus. We need to immerse ourselves in God’s care and be leaders among men. We need to protect and build up our spirits so that we can deal with the mockers, etc. warned about in this scripture and so that we can care for those we love. The more we increase our love and prayer quotient the better we will be able to be the bright and shining light that is not hidden.

This is advice for today, very timely advice. Spread it to others to encourage and protect them.