Jude - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional

“But you, dear friends, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Rucah HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), keep yourselves in the love of G_d, expecting the mercy of our Lord Yeshua HaMoshiach for eternal life. Have mercy on some who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; on others have mercy in fear, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.” Jude v.20-23

How do we build ourselves up in the faith? It’s much the same way bodybuilders increase muscle mass: little by little. Let’s say a fitness trainer wants you to lift 300lbs. Maybe that’s easy for some of you, but for most of us, it’s downright impossible! So, how do we reach our goal?

The fitness trainer assesses your strength, and pushes your limits a little. Whenever you reach that goal, the trainer increases the limit…eventually challenging you to lift all 300lbs. If you can’t meet your goal, the trainer is right there to “spot” you, literally lifting the weight off you.

Seldom does G_d demand a new believer to perform at the highest possible faith level. We start with simple belief. Maybe, we walk an isle or pray a prayer, but it’s hardly a Herculean leap of faith in the beginning. We do the basics: Prayer, Bible study and G_dly community. Pretty soon, G_d calls us to do something we don’t think we can accomplish…but through His power we meet the challenge.

Our faith doesn’t grow until the object of our faith is reached. Once we’ve reached our goal, perhaps we get to rest a bit. At the very least, we say “Thank you Lord!” Eventually (and sometimes immediately), He steps-up the challenge…and off we go again. That’s how faith grows. G_d doesn’t just, “Poof!” bestow faith. We build-up, faith upon faith. Of course, He’s always there to “spot” us.

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. G_d is faithful and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape, so that you are able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

We should grow stronger and wise enough to become trainers, ourselves. Because Yeshua has mercifully “spotted” us when we doubted, we have learned to show mercy to others who doubt. Because He has valiantly “Saved” us from G_d’s wrath, (and continues to rescue us from various scenarios) we accept the call to “snatch others from the fire”. Some challenges will seem impossible, but we must trust G_d, in that He always chooses rightly. Our faith to move forward is emboldened when we remember His past faithfulness.

Blessings,
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Shuvah Yisrael
Daily Devotional, Friday, December 13, 2013