Do You GAMBLE With... Your Faith? Your Affections?
Possible Rejection? Possible Mercy? or Possible Praise?
Do you enjoy the thrill of Gambling? Maybe a win, mostly a loss?
Why are Casinos, Lotteries and Raffles so successful... to those who operate them?
It is because... MOST of the people that GAMBLE, LOSE!
How are you prepared for the future... or are you preparing for the future? Earthly future? Eternal Future?
...a Gamble here and there, always living for the easy way, the fast buck, no matter how you get it;
....work hard, operate your life as a service, or servant, making your motto:
"A Good Name Is Rather To Be Chosen Than Great Riches, And Loving Favor Rather Than Silver And Gold!"
Are you a Gambler? ...or do you want to Strive, with all that you have, for a most intimate, obedient relationship, with Jesus; experiencing the fruit of the Holy Spirit?
Would you Gamble on enjoying the Pleasures of the World for a Season?
...or turn your back on the World and Its Deceptions; Meditate on God's Law Day and Night? ....God's way of doing things Right, Disciplining yourself, as you run the race for the greatest prize; "Well done thou Good and Faithful Servant."?
Net Bible Jude 1:17-25
But you, dear friends recall the predictions foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. For they said to you, In the end time there will come scoffers, propelled by their own ungodly desires.
These people are divisive, worldly, devoid of the Spirit.
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit, maintain yourselves in the love of God, while anticipating the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that brings eternal life. And have mercy on those who waver; save others by snatching them out of the fire; have mercy on others, coupled with a fear of God, hating even the clothes stained by the flesh.
Now to the one who is able to keep you from falling, and to cause you to stand, rejoicing, without blemish before his glorious presence, to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.
Same verses, different translation...
Amplified Bible Jude 1:17-25
But you must remember, beloved, the predictions which were made by the apostles (the special messengers) of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). They told you beforehand, In the last days (in the end time) there will be scoffers [who seek to gratify their own unholy desires], following after their own ungodly passions.
It is these who are [agitators] setting up distinctions and causing divisions--merely sensual [creatures, carnal, worldly-minded people], devoid of the [Holy] Spirit and destitute of any higher spiritual life.
But you, beloved, build yourselves up [founded] on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit; Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)--[which will bring you] unto life eternal.
And refute [so as to] convict some who dispute with you, and on some have mercy who waver and doubt. [Strive to] save others, snatching [them] out of [the] fire; on others take pity [but] with fear, loathing even the garment spotted by the flesh and polluted by their sensuality. [Zec. 3:2-4]
Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]-- To the one only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever (unto all the ages of eternity). Amen (so be it).
Do you REALLY Know Jesus? ...or do you just have a good knowledge about Jesus?
Do you Really have any idea of His Will, His Heart? ...or do you currently, daily live under the divine influence, in obedience to His Holy Spirit, who is really living insided of you, directing your every choice?
Do you love to Gamble? ...or are you always living for the sure thing, hard work, sacrifice, with everything you have, faithfulness, the safe choice?
It is your life!
Every breath you take, and the time you have here on earth, are a gift from God! The past is gone, you can't change it! If it was bad, repent, turn around and go the other direction, as a new creation, in Jesus!
Today is the first day of the rest of you life!
Paul gives us this encouragement for life!!
"I now regard all things as liabilities compared to the far greater value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things indeed, I regard them as dung! that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not because I have my own righteousness derived from the law, but because I have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ's faithfulness a righteousness from God that is in fact based on Christ's faithfulness."
"My aim is to know him, to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings, and to be like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained this that is, I have not already been perfected but I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me."
"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
"Therefore let those of us who are "perfect" embrace this point of view."
"If you think otherwise, God will reveal to you the error of your ways. Nevertheless, let us live up to the standard that we have already attained."
"Be imitators..." ...of Jesus Christ!