OceanSide church of Christ
Read devotionals for November 2019
December 1, 2019
Jude 21 – Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Thought: Jude gives his readers some ways to endure the onslaught of the false teachers who have entered their midst. In the previous verse, he touched upon faith and prayer. In this verse, he touches upon love and hope. “Keep yourselves in the love of God.” This is done through obedience to the Word of God. He also reminds them of the mercy they will receive and eternal life they will enjoy when Jesus Christ comes again. That glorious end will make all that is endured worth it.
December 2, 2019
Jude 22 – And of some have compassion, making a difference.
Thought: Another needed element of survival when false teachers enter the church involves rescue. False teachers have the ability to sway individuals toward their error. The faithful must not allow the weak to get away without a fight. Some of those we will seek to recover will be easy to bring back. We can speak to them with love and compassion in our hearts and they will return. When they do, heaven will rejoice.
December 3, 2019
Jude 23 – And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Thought: Again, when false teachers spread their malicious lies, some are influenced by them. These followers of error need to be rescued. Some are easy to bring back. Others are not. We must save them with fear. We must snatch them out of the fire. Our warnings may have to be many and very stern. We may have to rebuke them sharply. Why? Because we love them and hate their Christian garments that are stained by the flesh.
December 4, 2019
Jude 24 - Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
Thought: If we will stay faithful in our service to God, He is able to keep us from falling from His grace. We will be secure from false doctrine and sin. Living such a life with God will enable Him to present us faultless when we enter into His presence at the judgment. Can you imagine having no sins to your charge as you stand in judgment? What a day that will be! It will be filled with exceeding joy.
II Timothy 4:18
December 5, 2019
Jude 25 - To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty and dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Thought: The inspired penman closes his brief epistle with praise to “the only wise God.” The false teachers thought they were wise, but God’s foolishness was wiser than their wisdom. He wanted his readers to remember that salvation sprang from God, not the promoters of error. It is God who possesses glory, majesty, dominion, and power. He does so now. He will possess them forever. Any man is foolish to turn his back on such a magnificent God.
December 6, 2019
II John 1 – The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth.
Thought: There are many anonymous individuals spoken of in the Scriptures. In this verse, we read of one of them. John simply refers to her as “the elect lady.” In the epistle, we will gain some insights into this woman. They only make us long to know her more. She obeyed the gospel of Christ. She had children. She was loved by John the apostle. She was loved by all who knew the truth. Dear readers, a godly life will make us deeply appreciated by others.
II Thessalonians 2:13-14
December 7, 2019
II John 2 – For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
Thought: Truth is a valuable commodity. However, not all embrace it. Many even fight against it. When others possess it, we should rejoice. Those who find it know that it is a precious gift. It dwells in them. It governs their life. Their lives are enriched by it. They will never give it up. As John says: “…and shall be with us for ever.” My friend, if you have learned the truth, hold it fast!
I Peter 1:23-25
December 8, 2019
II John 3 – Grace be with you mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Thought: Three of the most wonderful blessings that a person could receive are grace, mercy, and peace. Grace covers our sins. Mercy brings us divine assistance from above. Peace involves tranquility and the absence of turmoil and war. When these three things come from above, they are perfect in nature. When wrapped in truth and delivered in love, there are no greater gifts.
I Timothy 1:2
December 9, 2019
II John 4 – I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
Thought: Those who know and love the truth are always glad to hear when others are walking in the truth. To walk in the truth means to live in harmony with the demands of truth. Notice John associates truth with the commands of God. When a person obeys God’s commands, he is walking in the truth. If he rejects the truth, he deviates from the path of righteousness. Which path are you taking?
III John 3-4