Jude 1:20-25 [KJV]
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And of some have compassion, making a difference:
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen
I felt led a few days ago to look at this passage from Jude, and this morning I read this commentary by Oswald Chambers on the same verses… it emphasises the essential need for prayer. Prayer is everything in our relationship with the Lord. It is what keeps us ‘on track’ on our pilgrimage through life …
PRAYER PERVADED BY PENTECOST
Our Lord is undoubtedly able to keep us from stumbling, but do we access His ability to do it?
On our previous post (‘Truth Is Fallen In The Street’), we saw that each of us is capable, at some level, of failing and falling into sinful ways. What is so amazing, and comforting, is that we have a God, who, if we commit to Him and allow the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ to inhabit every aspect of your life, is able to keep you from falling (stumbling), but — much more fundamentally — present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. He will not just ‘wipe the slate clean’, but He does the work in the fullest expression of joy. Hallelujah!
‘Meditate on these things…’
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
“A Love For Truth” — Dylan Woodward
A HOLY PROMISE: Oswald Chambers on HOPE
GEORGE and GILL STEWART