Morning Devotion: Read Jude
Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Building of your most holy faith; are you willing to do that? As a believer we must be building on our faith, for a strong faith will stand through all trial and temptation. Jude tells us to build, Peter gives us instruction on how to build our faith.
2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 ¶And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience GODLINESS;
7 And to godliness BROTHERLY KINDNESS; and to brotherly kindness CHARITY.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
Virtue, is the moral excellence of a godly nature not morality as governed by altruistic means but by God.
Knowledge is that which is given by God. This knowledge supersedes man’s knowledge in every aspect of life.
Temperence is self control in all passions of life for the glory of God.
Patience, for the believer, it is “submission to the divine will of God” during times of stress and trial.
Now we come to this wonderful divine attribute called godliness. Godliness is a glorious addition to our faith building; it is a piety toward God. It is that attribute that compels us to walk with God, to love God to observe all that our heavenly Father desires of us.
If virtue and the knowledge of God and temperance and patience are already a part of your faith building process, then godliness will be a natural addition.
Let’s look at a wonderful passage of scripture which reveals the way of godliness and the walk with God.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 ¶The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
There will be those who claim godliness but in reality, they are not. Claiming and being are two different things. The claim of godliness and not being godly is very prevalent today.
2 Timothy 3:1 ¶This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
1 John 2:18 ¶Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
My friend, are you saved, born-again; are you adding to your faith and growing in your faith? Are you walking with God? To be godly is to be of God. To be of God is to be in Christ.
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
The choice is still yours,