December 24, 2023
DAY 358 JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
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Focus Verses For Today: Jude 1:17-19
Today, our journey takes us through the entirety of the book of Jude. Jude was brother to James and half-brother to Jesus Christ. Jude did not come to accept salvation from his half-brother until after the resurrection, but, like his brother, became a great leader in the early church, as evidenced by this short letter.
Before reading, stop and pray, asking that the Lord provide understanding of Jude. Read Jude. Let’s journey!
Jude 1: Jude begins with a greeting and acknowledges that this is not the letter he meant to write, however, it was the letter they needed. The letter is an urgent encouragement to remain constantly vigilant against those who would seek to pervert the teachings of Christ. (Jude 1:1-1:25)
Our focus verses for today:
17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
(Jude 1:17-19, NIV)
There have always been those who will stand against the Lord and actively work to lead believers astray. They are not always easy to identify, often secretly working from within to bring about destruction. These people existed in the days of the early church, and they continue to exist today. We must be on the lookout, and stand against these deceivers, without hesitation. We must also examine our own lives to ensure that the message we are sharing is indeed aligned with God’s Word. Let love and truth guide you into the new year!
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