January 23, 2024

Contend for the Faith

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

While I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.—Jude 1:3 NASB

Jude wrote his letter initially to focus on “our common salvation.” But he changed direction. Something seemed more important. The new issue? Believers needed to contend for the faith.

It was not enough to enjoy the benefits of the Christian life. Believers had a responsibility to engage in spiritual warfare. They also had to be aware that the body of Christ had been infiltrated by people with the wrong motives and those who were indulging in the lusts of the flesh.

These people may have said they were Christians, but they focused on themselves. They refused to recognize that Jesus was their Master and Lord. They had their ideas and justified their own beliefs. They were quick to complain and grumble, mockers who followed “after their own lusts” and people who flattered “for the sake of gaining an advantage” (v. 16).

These kinds of people are still around. Be confident of what you believe. Be ready for subtle attacks, for deceptive ideas. Be sure that Jesus is your Lord and be a person of prayer. Pray about the people to whom you listen and the things you hear. Be sure to stay rooted in the truths in God’s Word and sensitive to the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit.

As Jude warned, remember that there may be people all around trying to deceive you into believing their message. Seek to stay prepared and committed to the truth.

Reflection Question: When was the last time you had to contend for your faith?

Prayer
Father, help me stay true to Your Word. I declare that Jesus is my Lord and Master. In His name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Jude 1

Prayer
Father, help me stay true to Your Word. I declare that Jesus is my Lord and Master. In His name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Jude 1