KEEP YOURSELF IN THE LOVE OF GOD

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Jude 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

 

The Bible speaks of a love problem in the Last Days prior to Jesus’ coming. Jesus prophesied that the love of many shall wax cold Matthew 24:12. Because iniquity (lawlessness) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  (This would be in addition to times where there would be affliction; killing; hate; offence; betrayal; many false prophets; and deception Matthew 24:9-11). I do not believe this to happen only after the Church is Raptured but we would also see elements of this beginning in the close of the Church Age or in the latter times of the Last days.

 

If the love of many waxes cold – love of what? For the believer I would suggest the love of many would wax cold in their love for:

God (Fellowship).

His Family (Church).

His Word (Read; Study; Meditate: Obey).

His Work (Serving).

His World (Evangelism; Discipleship).

 

What can we do to keep our love centered on the right things? We can do what Jude 20 says to do which is, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” We can also pray for the Lord to direct our heart into the love of God as 2 Thessalonians 3:5 says, “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ,” and keep ourselves in the love of God in the Last Days (Jude 21).

 

The love of God and the love for God has devotion, sacrifice, and pursuit and these qualities of love can be identified with our time, investment, effort, protection, interest, and pleasure:

  1. We make time for what we love.
  2. We invest in what we love.
  3. We make effort for what we love.
  4. We protect what we love.
  5. We show interest in what we love.
  6. We take pleasure in what we love

 

I believe as we keep ourselves in the love of God, that God will keep us as Jude 24 says, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.”

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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