Let’s be honest … in this day and age, the temptation to forsake the timeless truths of the Bible for the all-too-seductive ways of this world is very high indeed. God’s people, indeed whole churches and denominations, are doing precisely that.

Wherever you happen to live – whatever culture, whatever country – the inexorable drift of this world, of society, of people whom we all know (even people who are close to us) towards selfishness and immorality, is unmistakable.

And here’s the thing. They want us to join them. In fact, by and large, they hate it when we stand apart – as God’s people are called to do – and refuse to do so. When we refuse to be involved in corruption, when we refuse to endorse blatant sexual immorality, when we refuse to accept the murder of unborn children, make no mistake … they’re going to come after us.

Jude 18-20 They told you, “In the last times there will be people who laugh at God and do only what they want to do—things that are against God.” These are the people who divide you. They are not spiritual, because they don’t have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, use your most holy faith to build yourselves up even stronger. Pray with the help of the Holy Spirit.

And just as Jude writes here, this drift away from the ways of God is causing division. Some – many – want their faith to fit in with the ways of this world. But that’s not what you and I are called to. That’s not what God has for you and me.

But you, dear friends, use your most holy faith to build yourselves up even stronger. Pray with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Grow strong in the Lord. Pray in the Spirit. Because make no mistake, persecution is coming.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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