Posted by: heisourstrongtower | November 4, 2013

Many Strands Challenge ~ Seeking God’s Wisdom for 2014 ~ Day 36

Seeking God's Wisdom - Day 36

Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading. You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.

1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;

https://heisourstrongtower.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/many-strands-challenge-seeking-gods-wisdom-for-2014/

If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.

2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.

3. Read the book of Jude and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…

• What is the main point of this portion?

• What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself?

• What insight am I given into myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim?

• What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?

4. Do some research on the history behind the book of Jude…

http://www.breakthrough4life.org/index.php/preach-the-word/ptw-list/526-jude

http://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Jude.html

http://bible-truth.org/Jude.html

A Reflection on Today’s Assignment…

A Call to Remain Faithful

“17 But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said. 18 They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. 19 These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.

20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.

22 And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.”

 

If you ever wondered where it said in the Bible to have mercy on the sinner, but hate the sin…here it is! This does not just mean to have mercy on other people who sin; since we are also sinners…we are to have mercy on ourselves, while we hate the sin that contaminates all of our lives.

And can I say that it is no wonder this world is full of sin…when our televisions, radios, movie theaters, video games, politicians, movie stars, musicians, sports stars, religious leaders…etc…are living lives that glamorize sin and sinning. Satan is doing his best to desensitize us to the darker side of this earth and there have been times when I have found myself excusing behavior from myself or a loved one that goes against what I know is not according to God’s will for my life. I cannot allow myself to become comfortable with sin. I have to give Jesus free rein to shine His light into all of my dark corners and I have to invite Him to shine a light into the darkness that my loved ones may be living in.

It is only through the conviction of the spirit inside of me that I can confront my own sin and move forward in repentance and redemption. And if confrontation is needed in the life of someone else…I must be sure that God has given me that authority in their lives and only tackle their sin, never the person, through the mercy, love, and leading of God!!!

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