But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, – Jude 20
This Scripture refers to praying in the Holy Spirit. Romans 8 refers to the Holy Spirit helping us to pray through groaning that cannot be utter. This is talking about speaking in tongues, a language that the Holy Spirit uses to pray God’s perfect will through us. Many people want to get caught up in the tongues controversary, but I know from experience that when I pray in tongues, I hook up to the Power Source of the Holy Spirit. When we pray in our personal prayer language, we are praying God’s perfect will, and all things have to turn around for our good.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you…”
(Jeremiah 1:5, AMP)
God called you from the womb. When you were in your mother’s womb, God saw you. The more amazing part is that, just like when He created the sun and moon, He saw you and said “It is good.” He approved of you then, and now, through the blood of Jesus, He still approves of you. How wonderful is that?
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
This does not say that we are being transformed by our own doing. We aren’t. We are being transformed into Christ’s image by the Spirit of God. We are not the ones doing the work. We need to realize that what He started, He will finish, that we are merely the clay and He is the Potter. Just relax and led Him do the leading.
Her [wisdom] ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. – Proverbs 3:17
Wisdom brings pleasantness and peace. Do you want pleasantness in your job? Peace in your family? Then why not seek wisdom? God tells us that it is the principal thing, thing to seek above all else. James 1:5 says if we lack wisdom, we are to ask God who will give it to us liberally. God wants to give us wisdom. We need it. Why not ask Him for it?
“Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me.” (Psalm 131:1, NKJV)
There will be things in this life that occur that we cannot explain, that we don’t understand. This is not the time to start asking “Why?”. This is the time to keep believing for, keep seeing with our mind’s eye, the end result, the promise of Romans 8:28. Although circumstances come against us, we know that God promises to work everything together for good. Keep believing it. Keeping speaking it. Then you will see it manifest.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. – Psalm 23:3
The Lord leads us into the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Why is it for His name’s sake. When we were under the old covenant, the covenant of do this, do that, don’t do this, we were separated from God by our sins.
When Jesus died for our sins, when He took God’s full wrath and punishment for our sins, everything that prevent us from being in God’s presence ripped with that veil.
How can that be if we still sin? Because we are not righteous through our works but through what Jesus did on the Cross. The blood of Jesus makes us righteous. God leads us into righteousness so He can love us and treat us like His beloved children.
The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. – Genesis 39:2 (NKJV)
Joseph had nothing. He was sold into slavery with a dime or stitch of clothing to his name. All of his possession left behind. Yet God called him a successful man. We may have nothing–no spouse, no kids, underemployed, health problems–but God, like Joseph, still calls us successful. Why? Because of our efforts? No because the Lord is with us. It is His presence in our lives, our dependence of Him, that makes us successful. It is not what we do, but who we have in our lives that make us prosper in every area of our lives.
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. – 2 Corinthians 5:14
For Christ’s love compels us. If it is all about our love for Christ, if it is all about us loving Christ more to obtain from Him, how can Christ’s love compel us? We have this backwards. The Christian walk is not about us at all. It is about Christ and Christ dying in our place. He loved us so much that He traded places with us. When we meditate on His love, receive it by faith, then it will overflow in our lives. That is when Christ’s love will compel us to go into the world and preach the Gospel, heal the sick, raise the death and even greater works than we have ever seen before.
I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. – Galatians 5:4-6 (MSG)
Faith is expressed in love. God expressed His love for us by dying on a Cross for us. It was God on that Cross. People want to compartmentalize it by saying it was Jesus, but Jesus is apart of the Godhead. He is God the Son.
Therefore God first made a covenant with us, then came to Earth and fulfilled our part of the covenant for us by living a sinless life. Then He took the punishment that should have been ours. If that isn’t love in action, I don’t know what is.
God loved us so much, wanted us with Him so much, that He did all this for us. There is no way to thank Him expect one: giving our lives back to Him for His purpose and will.
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” – John 15:9
According to this Scripture, we are to abide in God’s love for us. Abide means to live, to dwell, to take up residence, in His love. When we take up residence, what do we do? We stake our claim on it. We move all our stuff in. We hang pictures. We surround ourselves with our residence. We have to do the same with God’s love. We have to stake our claim, give God our stuff, nail our memories to the Cross and surround ourselves with the love of Christ. We have to change our address from doubt and fear to God’s love.