Morning Devotion: Read Jude

Jude 1:22  And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24  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, 25  To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

This world needs compassion. I am so glad that there were people in my life that had compassion on me and gave me the truth of God’s love and saving grace.

Their compassion was that one element that pulled this brand out of the fire. Their compassion was that one element that brought me to Christ and He saved me.

My dear believing friend, are you compassionate enough to tell others about Jesus?

Each and everyone of us were born in a fleshly body. The fleshly body is governed by the fleshly mind. The fleshly mind is governed by the will of man. The will of man is either saved or unsaved.

Romans 8:5  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

We were all born in sin, that means we will live in sin until we are changed in mind, soul and body. We will always follow the governance of our innate desires which the bible calls our belly.

Philippians 3:18  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

Philippians 2:21  For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.

Putting it very simply, lost people will always act like lost people, always. That does not mean that unsaved people cannot love and be kind and be helpful, etc. The point is, unsaved people will always live in the garment of the flesh.

When that garment is changed there will be a great difference in their being. Their garment will be different. They will in fact be clothed with righteousness.

Isaiah 61:10  ¶I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

God’s word tells us to but on the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

How do we do that? How do we put one the Lord Jesus Christ?

As believers, it means to put Christ first in your life. In everything you do let cross the desk of Christ for approval first. Ask if what you do will please the Lord. Will it glorify God? Will it help bring others to Christ?

As unbelievers it means to be saved, to trust Jesus to save and change your heart and soul. It means to be a new creature in Christ and to have the flesh covered with the righteousness of Christ. It means to be born again, not of the flesh but of the will of God.

John 1:12  But as many as received him (Jesus), 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.

2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

In our text, we as believers, are reminded to be that one person who has compassion and endeavours to pull the brand from the fire, the fires of hell, and direct them to Jesus who alone can save.

Jude 1:22  And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

My Christian friend, you know what the flesh can do and you know where the flesh is headed. Have compassion on those who don’t.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook