Benediction: Jude 1

by Maria Marballi and Aszia Walker

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever.  Amen.”  Jude 1:24-25

Stumbling interferes with the sanctification of our hearts.

It is the darkness that causes us to fall, but Christ keeps us from such, and we cannot forget to whom we send our prayers; He will turn darkness to light, He will keep us from stumbling.

When our child’s Internet misuse appears a despairing cycle, we bow our heads in prayer; He is able.

When the eye lusts and addictions to impurity take hold of the mind and body, we bow our heads in prayer; He will keep us from stumbling.

When we feel like there is no escape from a sinful cycle, we bow our heads in prayer; He can make us stand.

Yet we are quick to become disheartened and overwhelmed with feelings of guilt and hopelessness when bombarded by the images and attitudes of our sexualized culture, and paralyzed by the unholy desire to fix our own problems…or worse, hide them in secrecy.

Surely the Word of God sings a new song.  If we take a moment to consider the power and majesty of the God we serve, we must also acknowledge His awe-inspiring ability and will to protect our hearts and minds from evil.  He can make us blameless.

He desires contrition and the renewal of our hearts in purity, and when we pray for Him to heal and protect, He responds with an overwhelming “Yes.”

Depression and discouragement can spin into an endless cycle of sin, but through the love and faithfulness of Christ Jesus, He fills us with the joy that is our strength.

Question: What verses sustain you during times of trial or temptation?  Click here to comment

Maria Marballi is a sophomore at The Ohio State University.  Aszia Walker is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University and the Kanakuk Institute in Branson, MO.  They are both serving as 2012 pureJUSTICE interns.  

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