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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Jude 1:21a

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"KEEPING OURSELVES IN GOD'S LOVE."
I. TO WHOM WAS JUDE WRITING?
A. "Them that are sanctified by God."
B. Kept or "preserved in Jesus Christ."
C. "Called."
D. To those who were called, sanctified and kept he said, "Keep yourselves in the..."
II. WHY THIS INJUNCTION?
A. It is possible to experience a great blessing of God in our life yet still fail to receive the full benefits of it.
1. Children of Israel.
a. Though delivered from bondage of Egypt, never entered promised land.
2. Angels who dwelt with God.
a. Kept not their first principles, left their habitation.
b. Reserved now in chains awaiting day of judgment.
3. Men of Sodom and Gomorrha.
a. Why Lot chose that area to live.
b. Failing to keep themselves in God's love and were destroyed.
B. God's grace is never granted apart from our response to it.
1. Privileges bring responsibilities.
III. WHAT IS MEANT BY "KEEP YOURSELVES."
A. It does not mean to keep yourself in such a way as to persuade God to love you.
1. Does God love bad boys?
2. God so loves the world.
a. His love was unsought and undeserved.
B. Keep yourselves in harmony with that love so as to receive its full benefits, respond.
1. The case of Patty Hurst.
2. Examples of those who failed.
a. Cain.
1. His failure, hatred.
2. When manifested? After sacrifice to God.
b. Balaam.
1. His failure, greed, he loved the reward of unrighteousness.
2. When manifested? After uttering some of the most inspired truths.
a. His failure, envy.
b. When manifested? Right after doing service to God.
3. Hatred, greed, envy are out of harmony with God's love.
4. Search your heart just now.
a. Have you been blaming God for your lack of blessing?
IV. HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF IN GOD'S LOVE.
A. "Building yourself up in God's love."
1. This done through the study of the Word.
2. Read your Bible.
B. Praying in the Holy Spirit.
1. Asking Spirit to inspire your prayers.
2. Groanings which cannot be uttered.
3. Praying in tongues.
C. Looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. His rapture of the church.
"Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless..."
Sermon Notes for Jude 1:20 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Jude 1:21b Next Section →
Sermon Notes for 3 John 1:11 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Revelation 1 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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