Thursday, 13 September

Jude 1:20-21 – “But you, beloved, keep building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.” (World English Bible) 

Jude was the half-brother of the Lord Jesus.  We don’t know much about him, and the letter he wrote is only one chapter long.  Yet in this shortest of books in the Bible we have the final exhortation about building: keep building up yourselves.

The Greek word translated here as « keep building up » is the word: epoikodomeo.  The sense conveyed by this word is: to continually, over time, build upward upon something already well-established.

This is the great challenge for all of us. Regardless of where you may be in the Lord, regardless of all of the great things God has already done in your life, you never, ever, stop building upward.  You must always be challenging yourself to change, go further, become stronger, be more mature and have more of Jesus.  The only moment you can stop and feel like you have finally arrived is when you body stops living on this earth and your soul is ushered into the very presence of Jesus in heaven.  Until that time, you never stop building!

For the child of God, nothing is more precious than his faith. It is by faith that you became a child of God.  Faith brought you to the grace of God. Faith brought the power of God’s word into your life.  Faith is the connection between you and the Holy Spirit.  Nothing is possible without faith.

So the brother of Jesus tells us that we should continue to build upward upon this most holy faith. Regardless of obstacles and difficulties, we continue to build upon this faith that is more precious than gold.

Today marks the half-way point in the Daniel Fast 2018. I want to encourage you to take a moment right now and ask God these questions:

  1. What are You wanting me to build in my life right now?
  2. What tools do You want to give me to make that possible?
  3. Who can teach me how to build, or what kind of training can I receive in order to build this?

If for any reason you have decided to stop building, or if you have lost the desire to build, I believe there is a special grace of God available to you today. 

Ask God:

– To meet you.  

– To renew in you the vision to build something that would bring Him glory. This is the time to arise and build.

Robert BAXTER

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