Jude 19 Natural Verses Spirit

 

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These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. Jude 19

One of the best ways to conquer an enemy is to divide the enemy. This is to cause the enemy to fight among themselves in two different battle fronts. When a group is divided among itself, it is no longer at its strongest point. They are weakened and can be easily taken over.

The world knows this concept and knows how to employ it. Jude had just stated that there would be scoffers among the believers in the church. Now he states that it is these very people who will divide the church.

People who are like this follow their own personal, natural instincts. They will talk about how they feel, rather than what God has said. They go off of personal experience, rather than being led by God’s Holy Spirit.

The classic example of this type of division is a church splitting over what color the new carpet should be. Yet, the division is much greater and more dangerous than that in many churches.

There are some in the church who will attempt to throw doubt on God’s word. Or they will throw out parts of God’s word, saying that was for then and this is for now. Living in open sin has been accepted in some churches, because it is a humane acceptable way to live, it is a personal right of the person, rather than what God desires.

Acting like this is done by natural instincts, being led by self and this world’s ways of thinking. It is not allowing God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide a person or church.

Believers must be aware of people like this. They must always keep their focus on God, His word and be led by His Holy Spirit. This will prevent division from occurring and stop the enemy.

Examine your life and see how you are making your choices in life. Are you letting natural, sinful man instincts to guide your thinking and actions? Or are you allowing God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in everything you think, say and do?

Do not allow yourself to be led astray and be divided by those of this world. The enemy wants to divide, conquer and destroy.

God has come to give life. Accept His Holy Spirit and live the life He has for you.

I pray today that you will be led by God’s Holy Spirit; that God will open your eyes to division occurring; that you will not allow self to get in the way of God’s leading; and that there will be unity with God in your life and church.

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Romans 16:17 Keep Away

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.” Romans 16:17

As Paul is finishing up his letter to the Romans, he gives a final warning to them. He tells them that there will be people who will attempt to cause division and place obstacles in their way. He then tells the people to stay away from such people.

The path every believer is on is Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Any other path is not correct.

Anyplace that you go, whether work, church, school, or anywhere else, there is usually someone who likes to create division. That person will spread bad rumors about the leader, or constantly argue with a different opinion, or talk about a different path to everyone refusing to follow the path of the leader. The classic example in a church is the decision of the color of the new carpet.

Others will always put obstacles in the path. Some will always find a reason not to do something that is God’s desire, or they will withhold their money to prevent it from happening. It is easy to find reasons why something will not happen when you take your eyes off of God who makes all things possible.

Along with this, there will be people who are teaching things that God’s word does not say. Yes, God’s word says that He loves everyone, but that does not mean He loves their actions and lifestyles. Some will cause division and put obstacles in the way with this type of teaching.

Paul is telling you to watch out for these types of people. On the surface they may look and sound good, but what they teach does not line up with the path Jesus has all believers on. Do not fall for their traps and false teachings. You are to stay away from them. Flee all evil. Do not allow yourself to be led astray.

Keep your eyes on Jesus and His Words. His Word will be a light to your path. The Holy Spirit will guide your every step.

I pray today that you will know the path God has for you; that you will see when others are creating a division; that God will help you see the obstacles the enemy puts in your way; that God will help you flee false teaching; and that you will be led by the Holy Spirit on the path God has for you.

Mark 3:24 A Divided Kingdom

“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” Mark 3:24

The teachers of the law had just came up against Jesus. They tried to state that Jesus was casting the demons out of people by the power of the prince of demons. Jesus points out that if that were happening, the prince of demons would lose.

The teachers were unwilling to look at Jesus for who He really was and tried to come up with a reason for His actions. They tried to explain away what was happening rather than accepting it.

Even today, many people try to explain away the miracles of the Bible, rather than accept them for what they really are. Scientists and doctors will come up with all kinds of reasons as to why a person was healed, when in reality sometimes it was a miracle by God.

Looking at the divided kingdom, however, many in the church can create division. Many people in the church demand that every person follow certain patterns of acting and worshipping to be a Christian or a member of the church.

One common area is in how to worship. Do you worship with old hymns or modern choruses? Do worship standing or sitting? Is it three or ten songs?

In this area, and many others, the Bible is silent on the details. God wants you to worship and serve Him with your heart as an individual and as a group.

If you demand a certain way of doing things and do not allow any room for any other way, you are trying to divide God’s kingdom. How many churches have fallen apart and split because of a disagreement in what color the new carpet should be?

Allow for the freedom to worship and serve Christ in the way God leads each person. Do not allow your house to become divided over a matter that really does not matter. Be very careful in what you demand of others. Make sure all demands are exactly what God demands clearly in the Bible.

I pray today that God will guide you in your worship and service to Him; that you will see the freedom that you and others have in Jesus; that you will not stop others in their worship and service to God; that you will not allow division in God’s house; and that God will divide and destroy the kingdom’s of this world that are against Jesus.