Evening Devotion for January 19, 2020
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
The Vineyard movement is a modern Spirit-driven group of churches (similar to Hillsong). Here, they urge us to surrender ourselves completely to God.
All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give,
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
I surrender all;
I surrender all;
All to Thee my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.
All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow;
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.
All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me Savior wholly thine.
May Thy Holy Spirit fill me,
May I know Thy power divine.
Music and Lyrics by CeCe Winans
Prayer of Love
God, my Father, may I love you in all things and above all things. May I reach the joy which you have prepared for me in Heaven. Nothing is good that is against your will, and all that is good comes from your hand.
Place in my heart a desire to please you and fill my mind with thoughts of your Love, so that I may grow in your wisdom and enjoy your peace.
Have mercy on me, Oh Lord, for I am a humble and miserable sinner. [At this point, pause to remember specific sins you have committed during the day and speak or think them.] I renounce all of these sins, heavenly Father, and repent of them, and I promise to make every effort not to repeat them.
Have mercy on me, pardon me for these offences and any I might have omitted from forgetfulness or ignorance; in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, I pray for forgiveness. And I pray that your Holy Spirit may dwell with me in the coming day, to comfort me, to give me strength against temptation, and to guide me into the path of righteousness.
Thank You Lord
Sometimes I stop and wonder why you’re still here; Or what is good about me, and why you even care.
You’re always there with me to help me out each day; Even though I seldom listen to the words you have to say.
The things I always pray for, I know they will come true; My joy and peace you give me when each day is new.
You continue to forgive me for all that I have done; When nights are filled with sorrow, the day will bring the sun.
In days full of trouble, and friends won’t say hi; I know you will be there with me to take me if I die.
For who am I to deserve the grace you have shown; Thank you Lord for keeping me, when life for me was cold.
by Gary R. Ferris
Oh God who has made me, oh God who keeps me, oh God who will be my Lord through all eternity, shine down Your blessings and wisdom upon me like the sun upon a field; and may I keep You in the forefront of my every thought and deed, this evening, throughout the day tomorrow, and evermore.
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.
Proverbs 12:1 (ESV)
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates reproof is stupid.
Jude 1:4, 16-23 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)
here are men who have surreptitiously entered the Church but who have for a long time been heading straight for the condemnation . . . .
These are the men who complain and curse their fate while trying all the time to mold life according to their own desires. They “talk big” but will pay men great respect if it is to their own advantage.
Now do remember, dear friends, the words that the messengers of Jesus Christ gave us beforehand when they said “there will come in the last days mockers who live according to their own Godless desires.” These are the men who split communities, for they are led by human emotions and never by the Spirit of God.
But you, dear friends of mine, build yourselves up on the foundation of your most holy faith and by praying through the Holy Spirit keep yourselves within the love of God. Wait patiently for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ which will bring you to the life eternal. For some of these men you can feel pity and you can treat them differently. Others you must try to save by fear, snatching them as it were out of the fire while hating the very garments their deeds have befouled.
Notes on the Scripture
Overview of the New Testament: The Epistles
19. The Epistle of Jude
Jude, like James, was a half-brother (or cousin, see notes on James) of Jesus. Nobody knows exactly when this letter was written, or to whom; but it appears to be a general epistle, written to be circulated among churches, and the subject matter would date it to same time period as 2 Peter, that is, about 65 A.D., before John began writing but after James and Paul's early epistles.
Like 2 Peter, the impetus for this one-chapter epistle is some early form of Gnosticism and/or antinomianism: people in Christian churches who denied the divinity of Christ, and people who thought that the forgiveness of sin, being a matter of grace, meant that they could do whatever they wanted to do, since they were permanently assured of forgiveness and salvation.
The special aspect of Jude is rhetorical or poetic, since it covers the same ground as 2 Peter. He just has his own way of saying things, and it is very colorful. The epistle is full of fire and brimstone, with references to the destruction of unbelieving Israelites in Exodus, the fall of Satan and his minions who are “kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness,” Sodom and Gomorrah, the archangel Michael fighting with Satan over Moses’ body, and more!
At the end of the book, Jude gives instructions for handling those who are struggling with their faith, but it is unfortunately difficult to understand his precise meaning. “And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.” (Jude 1:22-23) (Perhaps he should be called “Jude the Obscure”?)
Few churches today truly concern themselves with the conduct of their members — or even their clergy! — but we can glean from the epistles that the early Christian churches were true communities. Jude does not give us guidelines about what sort of conduct is better handled by what degree of sternness. We know that some unrepentant sinners were thrown out of the church (cf. 1 Cor. 5:1). He is seems to be saying simply that different cases should be handled as circumstances dictate, with varying degrees of kindness and stern warning.