Defend the Truth

 

September 1

 

Read Jude 1:3-4

“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”

 

Reflect

How have you noticed false teachers “perverting the grace of our God” in our churches today? What can you do to “contend for the faith”?

 

Today many Christians are hearing and believing false messaging.  The false messages being conveyed is often either that “God has forgiven me so now I can do what I want” or “Who is God to tell me what is right or wrong”? Well, who is God to tell us right from wrong? Jude answers this question.

 

In Jude, verse 4, Jude calls his half-brother, Jesus, our “only Sovereign and Lord”. According to Merriam-Webster a sovereign is “one that exercises supreme authority” and a lord is “one having power and authority over others”. Jude is reminding us that Jesus has the final say about what is right and what is wrong. He has the authority to tell us how to live.

 

Jude was writing this letter to early Jewish Christians to remind them that they needed to be on guard and be prepared to defend the faith. False teachers had somehow infiltrated the ranks and were now leading people astray. These “ungodly people” were “perverting the grace” that was so lavishly given. The grace of God was meant to be a gift that would save us from our sins. It was never intended to be a permit to practice corruption.

 

The same holds true for believers today. There are many false teachers out there who are perverting God’s grace! We need to be prepared to contend for the faith. To do that, we need to know the Scriptures for ourselves so that we will not be easily led astray. We need to pray for discernment in the Spirit. Friend, as a believer in Jesus Christ, you have been entrusted with the truth. May we earnestly defend it.

 

Pray

Sovereign Lord, I submit myself to Your authority. You are God and You have every right to tell me how to live. Please give me wisdom and discernment to be able to spot false teachings. Help me to stand firm  and defend the truth You have entrusted to me. Amen.

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

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God, please, help me to submit to Your authority and to do Your will. God, I recognize that You have given Christ full authority over Your sheep and Christ has every right to guide and instruct me in Your Will and Word. God, I recognize that You have given Christ full authority to act on my behalf through salvation and forgive me. God, I know that this does not mean that I can continue in sin and to obey You to the best of my ability, faith, and knowledge in Your Word. For Your's is the Kingdom, the glory, everything in the heavens and on earth including mankind. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
I thank God for discernment. I'm going through this right now dealing with a pastor with false Doctrine and it's great to know the scriptures so you can determine truth from error.
Many seem to think just that, like they have a license to sin against who saved them from sin. Fact is he isnt a God of sin. Hes full of power, grace, love, and mercy.
Sovereign Lord, I submit myself to your authority. I am overwhelmed by your love. Let me continue to feast on the richness of Your Word and grow in understanding as I walk through the scriptures. Help me to stand firm in your word as I teach others to stand.
Father God thank you for your word ! Lord give me decrement and wisdom if I ever encounter someone peaching false doctrine! If I’m unsure mayI have the sense to go to the source the Bible to obtain truth ! Thank You! In Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🇺🇸
Knowing the truth is gives freedom. Jesus Him self is the truth, so knowing Him from His truth living word is best helpful to defance false teateaching .May God bless you abundantly. (Colossians 3:16)...
to you be contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints, For some people have crept in the folk try to deceive for the condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Amen... please give me wisdom and discernment
Very interesting question about the clay and potter. This is something I will ponder.
“We need to pray for discernment in the Spirit.” Yes! This makes perfect sense to me. God does not expect us to be perfect, just to love as Jesus loves us. Being still and listening for the whispers of the Holy Spirit is not always easy but it is necessary.
The father loves us to be true ,and obeying him and worship is our love as proof. Looking for our blessed hope ,and glorious appearing of our Great Lord, and Saviour Jesus Christ now more than ever. All the praise, and the Glory to you father Amen!
Remember to read them study daily for God's Truth will always stand upright! If you have accepted Jesus Christ as Your Savior You have all you need to live as God commands us to live. God does not have expectations of His children, He knows we are sinners which is why Jesus shed his Precious Blood and Life for His children. In no way does that mean we can sin sin sin, we must always "listen" to Our Father by opening up The only Holly Bible that will ever be a True Love story to all His children. May God always keep you looking up not down, Bless You and Keep You Always in Jesus name Amen.
FATHER, MAY I ALWAYS BE GUIDED DOWN YOUR PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND BE LEAD BY YOUR WISDOM FOR THE TRUTH OF YOUR WORD. IN JESUS🙏🏿
Great devotion. Thank you for helping me how to contend my faith.
Wow!!! I hope I can live up to God’s expectations
Great Value!
Thank you Lord and thank you for medium like bttb who daily loads us with your Word. Thank you for the lamp and the light. I am seeing where I am going.
This is truth and I prau more to come to JESUS before its to late
Amen praise God 🙏🙏
Father, I'm standing in the need of Your Holy Spirit, to lead me, sustain me, and help me along this earthly life journey. I have faith in You and know only You have control over my life. My life is not my own. I give it all over to You, to do Your will. In the mighty name of Jesus the Christ, Amen.
AMEN! The Pastor at our church, Monclova Road Baptist Church, preaches right from the Bible. He makes no bones about what our LORD wants from us and how we are to live our lives. My prayer, is that every good Bible faith based church has a Pastor to preach HIS Word! Thank you Pastor Rands!
Amen and AMEN!!! P-e-t-e-r
Every day I am grateful to serve my Lord. It is the most precious gift in both lifetimes.
Excellant and educational
Amen 🙏🙏🙏🙏
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Thank you Lord for this day and new month, I will rejoice and be glad ,thank you for guiding and leading me in your word of truth,
Praise God for being greater and mightier than all the tumult going on in this present world. Hold our hand Lord and keep us from slipping.
ÅMEN LORD 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
Thank you Lord for my faith increases daily as Ive learned to stop, pray, and listen for direction in dealing with problems in which are out of my control. Pray and let God🙏
Thank you Lord for giving me discernment, wisdom and understanding. Thank you for a bright new day and for allowing me to meet a brand new month.
I was presented with some false teachings and it took me a time to realize and face these teachers. Thank you Lord for guiding me and giving me the strength to stand against what I had come to know as false and for showing me your grace and mercy.
Amen
Thank you very much for the devotional you inspire me everyday God bless you
Amen! Lord, thank You for Your Word. Please give me a teachable spirit and wisdom to stand firm against deception. Help me to be on guard and vigilant in defending the truth as I surrender to You will and way!
Yes Jesus is Lord and is the God of the universe. He gives us the ability to not listen to him. How can clay tell the potter what to do? Thank you Lord Jesus for loving me. You truly are a good God! Amen
I long since believe that Jesus is Lord and savior of the world, there's no other way to God but Jesus.
I feel every christian should have deferment of the spirit
Thank you Lord for you Word. Thank you for the Holy Spirit. Increase my decernment that I may know false teaching when it's being taught. In Jesus name. Amen.
Amen
Amen Brother Crawford. Those false teachers remind me of the false Prophets throughout the Old Testament days who did the same kinds of things as the false teachers are doing today.