No Fear

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Are you thrilled at the opportunity to walk across the 680 ft.  Gatlinburg Sky Bridge in Tennessee? Did I mention it has a glass bottom in the middle at its highest point? Have you toured the glass walkway hanging over the edge of the Grand Canyon? If these adventures are for you, you might not want to invite me to join you. I’m not afraid of heights but my knees buckle with fear at falling. I need something solid under my feet.

In the bible, Jude’s short letter tells us of one who is able to keep us from falling.

He is Jesus Christ, God our Savior.

“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,

To the only wise God our Saviour,

be glory and majesty, dominion and power,

both now and ever. Amen.”

Jude 24,25

Jude shares with his readers things and people who might present a danger of falling to the followers of Christ.

They are –

  • “ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness[evil],
  • and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” (verse 4)
  • “spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear:
  • clouds they are without water, carried about of winds;
  • trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
  • Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame;
  • wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” (verses 12,13)
  • “murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts;
  • and their mouth speaketh great swelling words,
  • having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.” (verse 16)

Jude makes it clear there are those among us who are –

  1. false teachers of the word denying God and our Lord Jesus Christ,
  2. people who speak enticing words but bear no fruit being twice dead,
  3. and those who tell us anything that sounds good
  4. encouraging us to give them money for blessing;

What steps can we take to keep from falling into their rhetoric?

Know what you believe and

“earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (verse 3)

Keep on keeping on through remembrance.

“I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this,

how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” (5)

Remember the words of Jesus. He knew these times would come.

“But, beloved, remember ye the words

which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time,

who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

These be they who separate themselves, sensual,

having not the Spirit.” (17-19)

And through Jude’s letter He gives us instruction.

“But ye, beloved,

 building up yourselves on your most holy faith,

praying in the Holy Ghost,

Keep yourselves in the love of God,

looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ

unto eternal life.” (20,21)

There we have it –

  1.  Know what and in whom to believe;
  2. Remember the end and keep on keeping on;
  3. Remember Jesus is never taken by surprise and He has equipped us to stand;
  4. Be diligent to continue building up our faith,
  5. keep praying,
  6. keep abiding in the love of God
  7. keep looking for the mercy of the Lord revealed through the eternal life that is ours.

And when our knees begin to buckle from fear of the chaos in this world or in our personal lives, remember it is not by our strength we stand. We can go forward with no fear of falling for we are –

“sanctified by God the Father,

and preserved[saved] in Jesus Christ,

and called …(Jude 1)

And

“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,

To the only wise God our Saviour,

be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

Jude 24,25

We have the word of God. He will complete what He has begun in us. (Philippians 1:6). If He is not able no one is. And one last word – should we stumble He has made provision for us in 1 John 1:9 – 2:2.

How do you build up your faith to stand when things get tough?


This post brings us to the last book in our journey walking with Jesus through the scriptures. I do hope you will join us.

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