Strength Available

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Jude 1:24-25 – (NASB)

I love this passage of scripture.  Located in the book of Jude the Holy Spirit encourages us through mercy to bring others to salvation.  Then like a sweet dessert after a good meal the Lord lets us know that there is strength available to keep us from falling.  How thankful I am for that strength!

I am reminded of the phrase from James  “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust” James 1:14. My first response to this verse has been to consider the struggle that many people face lusting after the appearance of a man or woman.  But recently I have discovered that like just like lust I can be enticed by fear.  But like temptation, God is not is not afraid of anyone, and when I am tempted to be scared of another person, it is not from the Lord. I am drawn away from my own fear.  What is my response, I will not own it.  I treat lust, and fear like a sale item you see when entering a store. While waking into the store for things I need attractive sale items not on my list are made accessible to me in the hope that I will pick them up.  Recently shopping with my daughter.  There were some mini apple pies on display that caught my eye.  My daughter stopped me and told me not to buy them because they were not the right kind we usually purchased.  They were a counterfeit trying to look like the real thing.

Fear and lust are counterfeit products, readily available on the sale table of life and you don’t have to own them.  Courage and love are more expensive but worth so much more.  Just like my daughter was there to guide me, the Holy Spirit is there and able to keep you from counterfeit spiritual products.  I speak the truth in Christ so I would be lying if I told you I haven’t purchased the counterfeit products before.  But in Jesus name, they went out with the trash!  I am not wasting time or money on lust, fear, or any of the counterfeits to the fruits of the spirit that Jesus has to offer me.

PRAY:
Fear is not mine, I don’t own it. Lust is not mine, I don’t own it. Thank you, Lord, that I stand in your presence blameless, with great joy. I give you all the glory right now and forever. Thank you Holy Spirit for staying with me through all the years I didn’t listen. Thank for the strength not to fall. I didn’t know it was there before, but now that I know I will start using it today. It is true you are worthy of my praise, worship, honor, and glory.
Thank you for being my God!

PRACTICE:
Stand up to all the fear and lust on sale today! You don’t own it! Be courageous and get ready for your test! Relish in the fact that you have what you need to win.

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