“But ye beloved, building up yourselves on your most Holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost”

These are the words of Jude the servant of Jesus Christ giving instruction for the time when apostasy arises, which is now more than any other time in the history of the world. Jude is encouraging us to fight the good fight, contend for the faith and do battle with the devil and his crowd. The false teachers and preachers are attacking God and His Word from every corner and we must contend for the faith and not grow weary in well doing.

Jude reminds us of God’s past dealings with those who gave themselves over to fornication and going after strange flesh and were met with vengeance of eternal fire. He calls them filthy dreamers that defile the flesh and speak evil of things they know not of. He tells us to be reminded of the teaching of the apostles, that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk after their ungodly lusts; sensual and having not the Spirit. How sad.

“But ye beloved…” This would be those of us who still believe the truth of the Word of God and want to live therein. He not only identifies us as the “beloved” but gives us encouragement in our journey.

First, he tells us to build up ourselves. There are some things that we must do for ourselves. David, when he returned to Ziglag and found it burned with fire and the women and children taken and even those with him threatened to stone him, he “encouraged himself in the Lord.” David turned to the Lord for direction and help and God gave him direction and victory.

Paul tells us that we are God’s building, we are what God is doing and we are labourers together with Him. A foundation has been laid; now we are to build upon that foundation and that foundation is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. The question is, How?

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your soul. Matt. 11:29

Jesus is the answer; always has been and always will be.