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Jude Contending for the Faith Part 1

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Contend for the Faith

If you ever want a powerful defense for the Christian Faith Jude is an excellent book to refer to. Defending the Faith is not something new. Jude teaches the importance of not compromising the Word of God! The Word of God is priceless! You cannot manipulate God nor His Word no matter who you are!



There are a lot of worldly influences that from the very beginning have tried to twist the Bible and its teachings. Many have been deceived, this is still the case today. Many worldly ways, concepts and methods have been embraced and embedded into the organized church system that are not of God. "The Wheat and the tares are growing together." This is why it is important to know God and know His Word for yourself. Pray for increased discernment. You can be certain and sure of GOD'S WORD!!!



We are SAVED by the GRACE of GOD! "For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" Ephesians 2



"Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But MY SALVATION WILL LAST FOREVER, MY RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL NEVER FAIL." Isaiah 51



Jude A Witness For Christ


Jude is an incredible witness. He is not only a servant to our Lord and Savior, he is Christ Jesus' biological natural born brother. They have the same mother; Mary. Not many can make such a claim. Jude fervently warns others of the end times apostasy. This means that many are falling away from the TRUTH. Many allow the ways and some concepts of the world to permeate worship. Their denominational and non denomination beliefs take precedent over the Word of God. Instead of becoming more dependent upon God they are making many more dependent upon man. Although the book of Jude is brief it is packed with Holy Power!



Jude urges us to “Contend for the Faith!” What does this mean? Contend means to strive against difficulties, to be persistent and assert yourself. Faith means believe without seeing. “FAITH is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By Faith we understand that the universe was formed at GOD'S command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible…” Hebrews 11 The Bible gives us the real facts! It is was not comprised of misconstrued circumstantial evidence. It is the INSPIRED WORD OF GOD!




Many today attempt to use the Word to control others, justify their behavior and lifestyles but are really only promoting sin. GOD IS POWERFUL as a matter of fact He is OMNIPOTENT meaning He is ALL POWER! He is SUPERIOR and SUPREME! Think about it with all the millions of organized church assemblies opened in the name of God, what is going on in this world should not be! Some assemblies are full of missionaries, ministers and priests…


GOD SAYS THE LAND can be healed! “IF MY people who are called by MY NAME shall humble themselves and pray and seek MY FACE, and turn from their wicked ways; then I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land…” II Chronicles 7.


Some of you are forever calling out the devil and telling him to go to; “the pit of hell?” Know this; he is the prince of the power of the air so you won’t be sending him back to “the pit” BUT GOD WILL MOST DEFINITELY DO SO IN HIS TIME… By the way the devil is NOT OMNIPRESENT! NOR anywhere close to being as powerful AS GOD ALMIGHTY!!! So yes, when led by the SPIRIT of GOD say; “LORD REBUKE YOU IN JESUS NAME as Michael the Archangel did when, “contending for Moses body…” in JUDE! As a matter of fact; THE WORD SAYS; “SUBMIT YOURSELF THEREFORE TO GOD. RESIST the devil, and he WILL FLEE! “DRAW NIGH TO GOD AND HE WILL DRAW NIGH TO YOU…” JAMES 4



Read the contents of Jude slowly and thoroughly. See how it relates to what is going on all over the world today. He warns us of the necessity to be built up in the Faith. Your Faith should increase your belief and dependency upon the Lord! Jude candidly reminds us of those who turned their backs on God. He expresses the seriousness of what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities. How they embraced fornication and going after strange flesh. It is very important to be aware of what is happening when you are in worship today.



For in these latter days the spiritual warfare has heightened and many are deceived. Some of everything is going on in and during worship and there is much less reverence for the Lord. Today this is not what others want to be reminded of. Now we have many more alternative life styles that embrace immorality. God allows us to choose how we want to live. As Christians we are supposed to embrace what God says.



God is powerful! As a matter of fact He is OMNIPOTENT; meaning HE is ALL POWER! HE is SUPERIOR and SUPREME! Think and ponder about it; with all the millions of organized Church assemblies opened in the name of God, what is going on in this world should not be. It certainly is not because of GOD! It is because there are so many wolves in sheep clothing. Don't be alarmed but let it encouraged you to spend more time in the WORD! Jude teaches us; “They are godless men who change the grace of God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord” Saints are supposed to be believers and doers of His Word. Not followers of the world. But, followers of Jesus Christ. Too many want to be leaders that are served, rather than Servants of God.



Leaders being Servants of God


There are even a few pastors who allow themselves to be worshipped by members of the congregation who instead really need more godly direction. This encourages them to follow aimlessly and become more dependent upon the pastor instead of the Lord. Their home life often suffers and becomes secondary. All too often you now find that some instead follow the latest trends and adopt the ways of the world. These are not simply the new believers; but those who remain on milk. They have not grown to the point that they can digest meat! They are more or less those who relay what is happening within the worship to the pastor. But have very little discipline or Church etiquette themselves. They are in and out, up and down and all about during worship? Instead of being spiritual they are more sensual.



A deep reverence for the Lord is lacking in some places of worship? Worship becomes more about personal issues rather than about the actual Gospel of Christ Jesus! God does not want any of us to become mere robots. It is not worship because you simply sit, jump, stand, dance, turn around, clap, sing and shout because anyone who stands in front of you and says; do this or that... Take some time and think about it? Be prayerful and mindful of what you say when you say you representing the Lord. Don't undermine the intelligence of those whom you are speaking to. By the way when you say; you did not come to look at the people; perhaps you should close your eyes!



There are at times very few still moments throughout worship to simply reflect and show reverence and respect towards God! It is all about how you feel... Perhaps this is why you don't have any peace? Just maybe this is why you continue to have so much pain... The Holy Spirit is a Comforter! Yes be thankful for what He has done. But you should be thankful everyday! GOD wants to bring balance to all areas of our lives... Few can simply; "BE STILL & KNOW!" Jude is trying to get our attention. He wants us to experience true Holiness. He wants us to allow the Lord His rightful place, so He can purify the hearts and minds of His people. The Lord wants to impart more of His Grace to Us!


HELP US LORD!

Lord we pray that you intervene where this is the case. Open the spiritual eyes Lord. Thank You Father for Your Omnipresence! Help them Lord to see that there is a great need for many to realize that you are everywhere we are. Thank You Lord for being Omniscient. Help them to see that You are the answer to every problem. Lord, I KNOW You have a solution for everything that is happening in life. You want to be a part of their home life and their everyday life. Lord we know that only YOU can give us Your PEACE that surpasses the understanding of man... Holy Father, Help them Lord to see that You truly can make a difference in every aspect of their lives. Thank You Father for Your Holy Spirit, Your Comforter! Lord, we ask these petitions in Jesus Name.


FOLLOW CHRIST JESUS!


We must TRUST GOD or begin to learn to trust Him if this is not the case. When you know that there is a lot of false teaching going on what do you do? Pray! When you know that you have helped those that no one else would help, and they turn on you, what do you do? Pray! When you know that you have been mistreated and maligned and falsely accused what do you do? Pray! Know what time it is... Don't fret just know that GOD KNOWS. Don't get bitter get better. No one can stop GOD from Blessings us...


"...These are murmurers, complainers walking after their own lusts, and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage..." JUDE


Know we are in the perilous "Lasts Days." Just look all around you and see that GOD'S WORD is being fulfilled. Don't fear, but draw closer to Him. Let this motivate you to become that much more cognizant of who GOD IS! EVERYDAY; THANK & PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!!!


"Draw nigh to GOD and He will draw nigh to You"

Know also that you are in good company because this is what happened to Jesus. When you know that manipulation and deception is present you still must remain faithful to God and His Word. The Lord is more powerful than what any man or woman can ever do to you... You, must draw closer to GOD and TRUST HIM!



Seek Him above all else. In 1 Peter, The Apostle Peter expounds upon how our FAITH is more precious than GOLD! Truly GOD can and will give you a strong sound mind. He CAN KEEP you from falling! "Do not be conformed to this world. But TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind!" Your true security and significance can only be found in the LORD! "If GOD is for us who can be against us!"



The Word is often used to justify lifestyles and wrong behavior that are not sanctioned by God. Christ Jesus came so we could have better balanced full lives. Yes he humbled Himself. But remember; Everything was spoken into existence through HIM! "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. The world and them that dwell therein." Psalm 24


The House of GOD is a Pillar of TRUTH

The scriptures are used at times to manipulate many to keep the traditions of man over the Word of God. Minimizing sin and embracing tolerance. Often justified under the guise of unconditional love. God never intended for Christianity to become a legalistic doctrinal concept of rules and regulations. The House of God is supposed to be the PILLAR of TRUTH! It is the House of Prayer where the saints can gather for worship, prayer and praise.



It is Your Body that is the Temple of GOD! Christ died so we could have an abundant spiritual life! He has given us His HOLY SPIRIT to lead us to all TRUTH! As a matter of fact it was the religious leaders that conspired to discredit JESUS and secretly sought to destroy Him. How ironic they called Him evil. Does this sound familiar? The Bible is the inspired Word of God! It is a lamp unto our feet and a Light unto our path...”



The gift of Eternal Life is one of the most precious gifts one can ever receive! Along with that gift comes the promise of His Holy Spirit. The Comforter and ultimate internal Teacher! Jude extends to us Mercy, Peace and Love in abundance! When Jesus ascended to heaven He promised that the Holy Spirit would come. Jesus prepared His disciples for His departure. It is written! He told them Nevertheless I tell you the TRUTH. It is to your advantage that I go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart , I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment; of sin, because they do not believe in Me, of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I still have many things to say to you, BUT you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of TRUTH, has come, He will guide you into All truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come…” JOHN 16


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DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on July 23, 2013:

Stars, Jude is a wonderful & powerful book! There is so much Spiritual Wisdom within our Lord's Word to encourage us! So glad that you enjoyed this! Thank you for stopping by to share! In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Peace & Blessings!

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on July 20, 2013:

Don't know how I missed this hub . It is interesting about Jude. It is a good, and educational work of knowledge. God Bless You, and You're Precious Loved Ones. Thank You Dear Heart.

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on September 25, 2010:

Eirenejoy, God Bless You! Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

eirenejoy1 from ghana west africa on September 25, 2010:

WHAT A WORD............ GOD BLESS U.

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 02, 2010:

Justcallmeleroy, Thank you! How wonderful of you to stop by and leave such powerful words of wisdom and encouragement! As you stated: "That if you Believe and have not seen you are already a Blessed child of GOD. So take this to Heart that the Words of Our Lord Jesus Christ are True and will never fail. So Children of the Most High God look up for your Redemption draweth nigh. I say fear not what is to come but Fear the One who has the Power do Destroy both Body and Soul. So we should keep the Faith in our Redeemer of our Souls. For we are his Righteousness under his Blood. Praise the Holy Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen"

"FAITH is the substance of things HOPED for the evidence of things not seen..." The battle is the LORD'S!!! GOD truly is GOOD! I LOVE HIM and I TRUST HIM! Thank you for sharing! Please do come again, Blessings!

Justcallmeleroy on January 02, 2010:

DeBorrah, I love to see your hubs that I have missed you are Blessed by our Lord the Truth is so Wonderful. Faith is one thing I want all to know. That if you Believe and have not seen you are already a Blessed child of GOD. So take this to Heart that the Words of Our Lord Jesus Christ are True and will never fail. So Children of the Most High God look up for your Redemption draweth nigh. I say fear not what is to come but Fear the One who has the Power do Destroy both Body and Soul. So we should keep the Faith in our Redeemer of our Souls. For we are his Righteousness under his Blood. Praise the Holy Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 08, 2009:

Nobody, I like the idea that Jesus preached outside of the walls most of the time…

What you say is profoundly true! This is why we have chaos! You are so right about that “Lord Lord!” The wolves are everywhere. Therefore I TRUST GOD! I believe all His promises! If I seek Him above all else I know He will take care of me! Man can do no more than the Lord allows! I also have PEACE because God knows I have no hidden agenda! This is why “I contend for the FAITH!” I have learned that if I stay close to the Shepherd the wolves can’t destroy me but stay lurking in the dark. I realize they will try and but I know that the WORD of God is quick and powerful and sharper than a two edged sword!

Thank you my brother for your wise comments! It is always a pleasure much Love & Blessings!

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on December 08, 2009:

hey DeB, quite the little preacher lady, aren't ya? Thoroughly enjoyed your hub. The wolves are everywhere. The problem is so many churches teach watered down, politically correct, one sided, spoonfed, ear tickling doctrine. It attracts everyone because it doesn't convict anyone of their sin. God's children are all equal but everyone that says Lord Lord is not one of God's children. More than ever we need to stand for God's Holy Word, His pure doctrine, His gospel preached. Thank you for your study.

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 06, 2009:

Mickey McNew, Thank you for your most kind words. There is such a wonderful wealth of knowledge in the Word of God! Thank you for sharing, Peace and Blessings! To God be the GLORY!

Mickey McNew on December 05, 2009:

Great hub and so timely. It should have been titled "2nd Jude". Keep exhorting the Brethern in truth.

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 04, 2009:

Tamara, Yes it really is a wonderful book! You are quite welcome. Thank you for stopping by, Blessings!

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 04, 2009:

Leop, Thank you! Faith is really important! Your comments are welcomed and thank you for sharing, Blessings!

Tamara on December 04, 2009:

Indeed,indeed I love the book of Jude. Thanks for the article!

Leop on December 04, 2009:

Yes, this is really true on what you are say about faith in your lord. Excellent teaching, well documented also. God bless.

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 04, 2009:

Ken R. Abell, You are quite welcome! Yes, we must contend for the FAITH! We are in the world but not of the world! Thank you for adding such wise and helpful comments! Disernment is crucial! "The JOY of the LORD is our STRENGTH!" Blessings!

Ken R. Abell from ON THE ROAD on December 04, 2009:

Thank you for this good teaching & challenge for every believer. To contend for the faith. Yes, indeed it is for us to do so with great perseverance, always seeking heavenly wisdom & discernment as we engage the world.

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 03, 2009:

LadyE, You are so right! But when I think about all that the Lord has allowed in my life I am eternally grateful! Time is near, not that we live in fear or dread. But we must be aware and ask "What if Jesus came back right NOW?" We must contend for the FAITH! Thank you for your comments and as always for visiting. May the Lord's Favor and Peace rest upon you! Again it is always a pleasure. Love & Blessings!

Elena from London, UK on December 03, 2009:

Very thought provoking - I've found out that in these last days, it's so easy to compromise. It takes so much grace to contend for the Faith but the more we read messages like this, the more it gives us a "wake up call".

Best Wishes. :)

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 03, 2009:

Creativeone, Thank you! Glad to see you back... May God's Peace and Favor continue to rest upon you! Thank you for sharing, Blessings to you and yours as well!

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 03, 2009:

Vladimir Uhri, Yes they are! Thank you for visiting and sharing! You are always welcome and please do come again! Love to you as well, Blessings!

DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 03, 2009:

Rev Lady, AMEN & AMEN!! You are so right about no Absolutes! Bless You! Thank you for adding such powerful comments! Yes, WE MUST contend for the FAITH! Time is of the essence... Yes! As you stated: "We must stay adorned with the spiritual armor!" THANK GOD for JESUS and HIS precious HOLY SPIRIT!

Our TRUST must be in GOD! Thank you for sharing, In His Love & Blessings!

benny Faye Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on December 03, 2009:

Thank you Lady D, for a very rewarding and enlightening hub on Jude. Thank you for sharing such informative info on the word of God. May God continue to blessed you and yours. creativeone59

Vladimir Uhri from HubPages, FB on December 03, 2009:

Yes the Word and faith are fundamental for our victory.

Love you, sis.

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on December 03, 2009:

No greater truth told. Today our culture of no absolutes, removing visual implications of faith and so forth, demands that all Christians contend for the faith. Satan's time is winding down and his prowling is increasing deceiving even the elect of God. To be "slack in our commitment to God" is to open ourselves up to the strategies of the evil one. We absolutely must "stay adorned with the spiritual armor!"

A great truth Deborrah, that alerts us the urgency of staying in His Word and contending for the faith.