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To Keep You from Stumbling

September 28, 2019

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To Keep You from Stumbling

We do try to keep from sinning  —  most of the time.      Well,  at least quite a bit of the time.      Somehow,  there usually seems to be a  “good reason”  for falling into sin.      It’s usually someone else’s fault,  you know…….      At least  that is what we bemoaningly claim.      The end point is  that we do feel badly  about our sins  and just want to forget about them,  as if  they never happened..      Stumbling around in our weaknesses  is such a downer,  we just wish  we could become better  and stronger  in the true faith.      Jude, verses 24-25 says we can.

Now  to Him who is able  to keep you from stumbling,  and to make you stand  in the presence of His glory  blameless  with great joy,  to the only God our Savior,  through Jesus Christ our Lord,  be glory,  majesty,  dominion  and authority,  before all time  and now  and forever.      Amen.

Jesus Christ is the one who desires  to keep us from stumbling  and  “who is able  to keep you from stumbling”.      Because Jesus desires  to keep us from stumbling,  He wants us to turn to Him  in prayer  every time we are tempted  to do whatever.      When we sincerely turn  to Jesus  in prayer  and ask for the needed strength  to do what is good  and right in His sight,  He will help us.      As we stay close to Jesus  in prayer,  we can keep from sinning  in all sorts of circumstances.      Jesus is a blessed help  and comfort  in this area.

We still won’t be living  perfect lives  without any sort of sin,  because  our sinful nature  will often keep us  from wanting to pray  for strength.      Nevertheless,  with Jesus by our side,  we will be able  to take better control  of our most troublesome sins.      But there is so much more than that.

Because Jesus’ suffering,  death,  and resurrection  have already made us  totally blameless  in the eyes of God , we can  joyfully praise God  our Savior.      When God sees our faith  and trust  in the blood of Jesus  shed for our sins,  He will see us as blameless and sinless.

So, what is it we need to do?      We need to entrust every little part  of our lives  to Jesus,  because He alone  is able to help us.      We cannot depend upon ourselves  or other people.      Jesus can help in ways  that no one else is able  —  in the ways that  we need the most.

Jude knew all that.      So,  with what was welling up  in his heart,  he ends his letter  by saying,  “to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”      That is a heartfelt praise,  because he knew  who was helping him  through this life  —  and how glad he was  for that help.

As we look to Jesus  for the help we need  to keep from stumbling in sin,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You for caring  about us  every minute of every day.      Give us the common sense  to be constantly turning to you  for the help we need  to keep from sinning.      May all glory be  to Your name.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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