July 02, 2018: SOAP #3133: Isaiah 4-5; Psalm 115-116; Jude
Scripture: Jude (NIV) 20 But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.
Observation: In his short letter of warning about various false teachers, Jude ends with some specific things that believers should do. I doubt if any homes during Jude’s day had a written portion of any scriptures, Old or New Testament. They would only have what they remembered from their gatherings. Their relationship with the indwelling Holy Spirit was a priority. They could keep an up-to-date relationship with the Holy Spirit by praying in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit would guide their prayers and by maintaining peace, or withdrawing, peace would help them know if they were taking any action contrary to the Spirit’s leading.
Application: If I want to please my Lord, I must learn how the Holy Spirit speaks to my heart. I must recognize His approval or disapproval. Praying in the Spirit helps me develop a keen sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, You are so important in my daily relationship with Jesus. Help me build myself in my “most holy faith” by allowing you to pray through me. You know how I should pray Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!