Sunday, July 20, 2014

DAY 789 - How to Keep Unstumbling? (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

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     This short letter of Judah is to give warning to Christians in the Early Church as well as all of us that there are so many false teachers and false teaching around us. How can we be able to discern those false teachers so that our church would not be divided and then destroyed? How to rescue those Christians being deceived by those false teachers so that they won't be walking in the wrong path thinking that they are in the path of righteousness. 

     After all those warnings, Judah reminds us that all those kind of bad things will sooner or later come to all of us. We can't escape. But, we may have a chance to keep from unstumbling (verse 24).  

Let's take a look at what Bishop N.T. Wright says ( ) :
     Many translations put this more negatively, 'to keep you from falling."  That expresses truth as well, but the word Judah uses is a bit more positive: 'to keep you unstumbling'.  The image is of someone walking along who might have tripped over, but has not done so in fact.  That is what we should pray for, and that is what we should praise God for when it happens. 

N.T. Wright. The Early Christian Letters for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.206.

      Do you know the way to keep you unstumbling surrounding with all kinds of false teachers and false teaching?  

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe":

Spiritual Journal

    The title I heard from Jesus today is: How to keep unstumbling?

    What I got from Jesus today is a wisdom to keep us from unstumbling when those false teachers try to deceive us to divide our own church:
1. verse 19 "These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit."
    If you are filled with the Holy Spirit then you should be able to discern who are those false teachers who do not have the Holy Spirit trying to divide you and your church. 

2. verse 24 "To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy"
   Jesus is the only one who can help you to keep unstumbling. Where is Jesus when those false teachers try to deceive you is the key if you are going to stumble. 

Dear Lord Jesus,
Lead us each day so that we can keep from unstumbling.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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