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.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Hebrews 4:2-3