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Build ourselves up in the faith, (most holy) pray in the Holy Spirit,
keep ourselves in God’s love.
And looking forward to eternal life.
Title: The Spiritual Life 3 - the spirit gives us life - flesh is no help
Key Scripture Jude 20
But you, beloved, must remember the predictions of the apostles of our
Lord Jesus Christ; for they said to you, “In the last time there will
be scoffers, indulging their own ungodly lusts.” It is these worldly
people, devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions.
But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in
the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to
the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. Jude
1:17-21


Jude after some warnings and then an Exhortation to strengthen
themselves in the faith by prayer, godliness, and hope.
I Spoke last week about Prayer we know builds us up
This idea of being in the beloved and the idea of being kept by God
and the importance of being built up.
Jude says for a spiritual life we must strengthen ourselves in the
faith by prayer, godliness, and hope.
Take care of your self like some one worth caring for.
So we move on keep ourselves What do we have to do to be kept.
Keep is From Greek teros; to guard, i.e. To note; by implication, to
detain; by extension, to withhold.

 Perhaps from the foundational idea of keeping the commandments.
Jesus said the Law and the prophets hinges on our treatment of others
“In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for
this is the law and the prophets.
Matthew 7:12
Be the kind of person you would want to be friends with
Treat yourself like someone whom you care about and treat others as
you would want to be treated,
The law hangs on the commandments, these are the ways we are to live
this is the laws and the prophets are the ones who enacts the laws.

The prophetic tells us how those laws work out in our lives.
Christ is the prophet in his sermons and teachings on meekness
humility respect for others. How do we live in Right standing with
God.
We spoke last week about prayer and asking
,what if all we need is available if we apply ourselves to ask, seek and knock.
Your father loves you so much and knows what you need so all you have
to do is seek first his kingdom his righteousness
Get your priorities in order.
Kingdom where the king rules
Right living flows from right believing.
Right loving is being kept inside godliness or
living in a way that moves heaven to earth.

Titus 3 says Christ saved us not because of our own goodness but by
his kindness and then says
those who have come to believe in God may be careful to devote
themselves to good works; these things are excellent and profitable to
everyone.
Titus 3:8 -
Believing and faith comes first and then from our Goodness comes our believing
James goes further I’ll show you what action my belief in God produces in me.
We can be more , we can do more we maybe need to sort out a few things
but We are already part of his kingdom
We are children of his love, grafted into his family
All we have to do is stay

This idea of Standing guard of yourself in the love of Christ.
We spoke last week about prayer keeping watch being vigilant and courageous
Now we look at the idea we can keep ourselves.
So this implies discipline to remain in that love.
So what happens when we haven't kept ourselves in the love of God.
Maybe we have allowed hatred, greed, or envy to come in. It has robbed
us of what God wants to do and what He already has done.
Only by keeping ourselves in God's love can we blossom into the full
potential God has
for us - and for which He has drawn us out from the world and the
bondage of sin.
Though God's grace is extended toward us, we must respond to the grace
of God if we’re to benefit from that grace.
Privilege brings responsibility - and responsibility not acted upon
can destroy us.
God's Word is searching our hearts right now, and, if we’re in His
love, then respond to it.
We will put away all that is contrary to the love of God - any
bitterness, any hatred, any impurity - and keep ourselves in the love
of God!
Love demands a response but not in the same way as the law.

 Love enables us
There are principles Jesus talks about love in his famous sermon in Luke 6
“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who
hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If
anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone
who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to
everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do
not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even
sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good
to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If
you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that
to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But
love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.
Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High;
for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as
your Father is merciful. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do
not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be
forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed
down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for
the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
Luke 6:27-38
Measuring our lives by the response we get from others.
We have it so we Keep it
Important documents are often kept in a safety deposit box. We like to
keep valuables in a safe place.

Where can we keep ourselves safe? In God’s love! “Keep yourselves in
the love of God.” The word ‘keep’ here means ‘preserve’, ‘keep in
safety and protect from harm, decay, loss or destruction’.
Jude uses the passive form of the same word in verse 1: “To those who
are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus
Christ” (Jude 1).
A Christian is preserved in Christ.
Paul wrote: “And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and
preserve me for His heavenly kingdom” (2 Timothy 4:18).
David prayed: “Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust” (Psalm 16:1).
“Keep yourselves in the love of God.”
This is a command, which indicates that we must do something to remain
in God’s love, which makes us ask it is possible to forfeit the
protection of God’s love. Otherwise this command would have no meaning
whatever.
Nothing external can separate us from the love of God:
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor
principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor
height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”
(Romans 8:38, 39).
it is extremely important that we know how to keep ourselves in the love of God.
Perhaps we ourselves struggle to make full use of that love.
Insecure people often question love, perhaps fear of abandonment
Hebrews 12/13

We are part of an unshakable kingdom Worship in awe
Let love be manifest revealed
Keep being hospitable
Keep your marriage vows
Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what
you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” So
we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be
afraid. What can anyone do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6
Confidence we are in him and he is in us.
Jesus gave a similar command: “As the Father loved Me, I also have
loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will
abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and
abide in His
love” (John 15:9, 10).

Thus we must keep the commandments of Jesus to abide in His love.
Let us examine the context:
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in
him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If you abide
in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it
shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear
much fruit; so you will be My disciples. As the Father loved Me, I
also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments,
you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s
commandments and abide in His
love” (John 15:4-10).
Thus, we remain in the love of Christ, we
keep ourselves in the love of God, by keeping the commandments of
Jesus. Jesus told His followers:
“If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15).
Second point is knowing what love is
When we understand Love is agape in Greek
Selfless love, the kind of love that is pure.
The kind of love is the God kind of love
Keep Your heart pure
Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect
There is a perfection that we know comes from being kept in the father.
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“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and
hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for
those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in
heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and
sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love
those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax
collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and
sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles
do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is
perfect.
Matthew 5:43-48
Love believes the best
Close with this thought on love.
understanding the love of God is the secret
to an overcoming life.

Anyone can keep his joy when he's riding high with God, not being
tried or tempted. But God wants us to keep ourselves in his love at
all times -- especially in our temptations.
John tells us very simply how we can keep ourselves in God's love: "We
have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and
he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him" (1 John 4:16).
In short, if we "dwell in God's love," we're keeping ourselves in God.
Some grow spiritually cold and lazy because they're ignorant of the
Lord's love for them.
They don't know that their greatest weapon against attacks is to be
fully convinced of God's love for them, through the revelation of the
Holy Spirit.

Paul says
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or
arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not
irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but
rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes
all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in
the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to
the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. Jude
1:17-21

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