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09/09/2008

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"But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life" (Jude 20 & 21).

I spent three years of my college life at Harding University,(College then) walking by the "Bible Building," with this scripture inscribed on it. "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 3:11). As I grow older, and hopefully wiser, the verse makes more and more sense to me for young college age people. Today's scripture makes that same kind of sense, and outlines some important principles for strengthening the Christian life. Coupled with 1 Cor. 3:11, it makes a case for a Christian to have a strong foundation for the "building," his life.

"Build yourselves up on your most holy faith." Upon this foundation of Jesus Christ we are to build our lives....LIVES OF FAITH!

After we become Christians, with Jesus as our foundation, how can we assure ourselves that the rest of the building will be worthy of that foundation? I would first suggest the reading and meditating on the Word of God. By making God's Word an important part of our daily lives, we will have a very powerful building component. The Word is a vitally important part of our "building our most holy faith," when it is applied to our lives.

Also necessary for the strengthening of the faith is prayer. Today's scripture tells us not just to "say" prayers, but to "pray in the Holy Spirit." I think that the MORE we pray, the more it will be in the Holy Spirit. Next we are to "keep ourselves in God's love." God's love is a wonderful love. It is so wonderful, not only because of its great depth, but because it is steadfast and unchanging. To keep ourselves in that love, we must be obedient to Him. "If you obey my commands, you will remain in My love" (John 15:10). As Christians, He loves us where and as we are. Not matter how hard the winds of life may blow, or how powerful the storms, we live within the embrace of His love. NEVER DOUBT THAT!

People in the world need to know that God wants to love them too. That's where we come in. With such a strong foundation, and powerful building, we can become the conduit through which others come to His great love.

And last, but certainly not least, we are to keep "waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring us to eternal life." He is coming again to bring us home. I can't think of a better way to end this devotional....

Have a great day...Make a difference....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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