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But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our LORD Jesus Christ. They said to you, "In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions." It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.

When it comes to the Christian faith, there have always been scoffers. A scoffer is someone who casts doubt on what you believe, speaks derisively about it, scorns it and jeers at it. At the worst, a scoffer will mock what you believe. Since they themselves do not believe it, they think anyone who does is a fool.

Usually, but not always, scoffing is done behind the back and amongst similar-minded people. Most scoffers seem to have the awareness that what they are doing is something less than flattering to them. In this era of advanced security technologies, YouTube and social media, however, scoffing has come more into the light. The true attitudes of politicians, celebrities, professors and teachers, business people, and the like are not as easily hidden as they used to be. In these "last times," as a result, Christians more and more are experiencing firsthand some of the attitudes people have towards the faith.

Jude tells us that those who scoff at the Christian faith are "worldly people" who follow "ungodly passions" and are "devoid of the Spirit." They are focused on the things of this world. Lacking the Spirit, the fact that there is something more than the world around us is lost on them.

Scoffers can, as Jude tells us, cause divisions. By introducing doubt and unbelief, they can shake up the unity of faith amongst believers. As he goes on to say in his letter, however, there are ways to handle this. Believers should build themselves up in the faith, pray in the Spirit, and keep themselves in God's love (Jude 1:20-21).

Believers should, so Jude seems to be saying, keep doing all the things necessary to maintain our relationship to God. If we do this, then the scoffing of the scoffers will have little impact on us.

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
Genesis 36, 37

Genesis 36 -- Descendants of Esau; Kings of Edom


Genesis 37 -- Joseph's Dreams and Betrayal by His Brothers


New Testament Reading
Matthew 12:1-21

Matthew 12 -- The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath; By Their Fruit; Sign of Jonah; Who are my Mother and Brothers?


Reading Plan Courtesy of Christian Classics Etherial Library.
Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the LORD your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. And you must always obey the LORD's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.
Often we ask, “What does God expect from me?” Here Moses gives a summary that is simple in form and easy to remember. Here are the essentials: (1) Fear God; (2) Live in a way that pleases him; (3) Love him; (4) Serve him with all your heart and soul; and (5) Obey his commands. Too often we complicate faith with man-made rules, regulations, and requirements.
Are you frustrated and burned out from trying hard to please God? Concentrate on his real requirements and find peace. Respect, follow, love, serve, and obey.
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
2 Samuel 7:25  Do as thou hast said.

God's promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper; he intended that they should be used. God's gold is not miser's money, but is minted to be traded with. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see his promises put in circulation; he loves to see his children bring them up to him, and say, "Lord, do as thou hast said." We glorify God when we plead his promises. Do you think that God will be any the poorer for giving you the riches he has promised? Do you dream that he will be any the less holy for giving holiness to you? Do you imagine he will be any the less pure for washing you from your sins? He has said "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Faith lays hold upon the promise of pardon, and it does not delay, saying, "This is a precious promise, I wonder if it be true?" but it goes straight to the throne with it, and pleads, "Lord, here is the promise, Do as thou hast said.'" Our Lord replies, "Be it unto thee even as thou wilt." When a Christian grasps a promise, if he does not take it to God, he dishonors him; but when he hastens to the throne of grace, and cries, "Lord, I have nothing to recommend me but this, Thou hast said it;'" then his desire shall be granted. Our heavenly Banker delights to cash his own notes. Never let the promise rust. Draw the word of promise out of its scabbard, and use it with holy violence. Think not that God will be troubled by your importunately reminding him of his promises. He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. It is his delight to bestow favors. He is more ready to hear than you are to ask. The sun is not weary of shining, nor the fountain of flowing. It is God's nature to keep his promises; therefore go at once to the throne with "Do as thou hast said."

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Psalm 119:25  My soul cleaves to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.

Colossians 3:1-3  Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. • Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. • For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Philippians 3:20,21  For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; • who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

Galatians 5:17  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

Romans 8:12,13  So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh-- • for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

1 Peter 2:11  Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.

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