I have been talking with my friend Jesse through a few Facebook posts about Jude 1:4. It talks about people in our churches, even today, that twist the Word of God. They change the truth to make themselves and others feel better. Jesse states in his blog post that “people in the Church who are using Christ as a get out of hell free card, not as Lord and Savior”. I fully agree with him. People try to work there way into heaven, pray their way into heaven, preach their way into heaven, tithe their way into heaven….
“For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” -Jude 1:4
There is no way that we could even be good enough, give enough money, pray enough, or work/serve enough to be able to have eternal life in heaven. It is only by the grace and mercy of God that we can have salvation. Grace and mercy have two different definitions. Mercy is God withholding what we do deserve, which is death; grace is God giving us what we do not deserve–eternal life in Christ. Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:8 that “for by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
In the video below, Nate Pfeil elaborates on this point.
I finished up my last exam this past Wednesday. I was worried about not doing well in a few classes, but God is good; I found out on Monday that I passed all of my classes with good grades. It feels good to have a break from school.
I am looking forward to what God has planned for me this summer! I have several things that I am praying about, but God is faithful. I trust that what ever happens is what He has planned for my life. If I trust Him and rely on Him, then I cannot fail. His ways and plans are perfect. Who better to trust in than the man that knows what the future holds? None but God the Creator!
Got to keep this passage at the front of my mind everyday:
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
I know that God will be with me. He has been with me ever since I began my relationship with Him. He has never failed me, and He never will.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” -Philippians 1:5-6
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there!
Remember that you are a gift of God. You have a special purpose while you are here on this earth. God designed you to be a special puzzle piece in His plan. He designed you to be the gears that keeps a household running. Continue to be faithful to the call and responsibility that God has given you.