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Keep Me from Stumbling

Jude 1:24

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—

Ray 2018We’ve all had moments when we’ve stumbled and fallen. I’m thinking about it more these days – as I age. A friend from our church fell Sunday morning and he was examined for cracked ribs (he had one and we pray for his healing).

Falling down steps seems to be a big issue as we age. I have a long flight of steps from my home office (upstairs) to the main part of the house. I often think about how fast I take them (coming down). With my knees ailing – I try to not take them too fast while carrying things. At times that can’t be avoided. I have been known to take them one step at a time when I am carrying things though. I pray – Lord – keep me from stumbling.

A brother in Christ – who spoke at our church recently – fell down some stairs at his church and messed up both of his knees. We’re still praying for his healing – his surgery is scheduled for today. It made me even more aware of stumbling and falling.

Have you ever stumbled and fallen down? Steps don’t need to be involved! It is embarrassing for sure. The times I have fallen – I quickly get up – no matter how hard I hit – in case no one saw me. I remember once – totally crashing on my bike – falling completely over my handlebars and landing awkwardly. I was hurting – but I leaped to me feet – just in case I could get away with it without someone seeing me. Lord – help to keep me from falling and stumbling – again.

Here’s the final words of the book of Jude. Words of encouragement – words or instruction. It has today’s passage in partial context. Jude 1:17–25 – 17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. 22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. 24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Have you ever stumbled and fallen down – spiritually? I think we could all respond – YES. When we sin – we fall and stumble and stand in the need of God’s grace – God’s forgiveness. We’re called to build ourselves up in the faith – but we’re also called to have mercy on those who have doubt – those who stumble and fall. We are to stand firm – hating everything to do with sin and the devil – and we stumble and fall – often. We are called to put our trust in Jesus – the One who can present us before the Father without stain or blemish – even after stumbling and falling.

Lord – help me – help us – to not stumble and fall. Help us to remain faithful. But – thank You for Your grace which picks us up when we stumble and fall.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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September 11, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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