James Johnston - Rochedale, Queensland, Australia Convention - 1967

Jude 20-21, a man applied for a certain job. The manager ask of Foreman if he knew him and he had to say he was unreliable and had let many good chances pass by. But he said, "I would like to give him another chance." Possible for every person to do better.

Hebrews 6:9, we are persuaded better things of you and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. That is an encouraging thought and that is what God desires that He may be able to do a little more for us and that we should be able to do a little bit more for Him. Meet and speak with us, remember who it is that wants to gather ask wants to speak. The Holy Ghost saith, “Today if ye will hear His voice harden not your heart.” We need to take very careful notice of what the Holy Ghost says, but not much notice of what others say. Among the things that God does when He speaks is Solomon’s our heart like when the rain is withheld the earth becomes hard. Job could say the Almighty had softened his heart.

God’s desire is to build us up, that His work may become stronger. That is what was taking place in David’s house, it was becoming stronger and stronger, but the house of Saul was waxing weaker and weaker. There was this building up in the life of David and this strengthening. Things that could help to build us up. Building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Faith is precious and holy. I would never like to look at God’s work in my life as a small thing. It is a very great thing.

Jude 3, “It was needful for me to write unto you and to exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was delivered unto the saints.” Earnestly contend or fight in an earnest way, not anyhow; that will build us up. Paul said, “So fight I, not as one that beateth the air, but I keep under my body, etc.” He was not fighting in a casual way. So fight I that I may keep my body under. When a person has a song of joy, it makes them strong. People who are strong spiritually have the same song, the joy of the Lord is their strength.

Verse 5, put in remembrance, though ye once knew. It wasn’t something they had never heard before and they did know it. He gathers us to remind us of what could destroy. Reminds us of things that our faith will be built up. “Having side the people out of the land of each of afterwards destroyed them that believe not.” They fell in the wilderness. Sad to think of people who never gets saved. Far sad to think of those who fell and died in the wilderness; never get helped again. Their faith wasn’t being built up and it became weaker and weaker until it was destroyed.

Verse 12, certain spots and what they were; they were feeding themselves without fear, like cloud that held no water. The promise of blessing but it never came, they had fruit but it was withering, becoming less and less and to die altogether. Sad if we had no refreshing for others and not ourselves. Afraid that one could be a messenger without a message from God. Be a cloud that holds no water. Need to have a message from God to help others. Be a tree that would produce fruit that would abide and be forever. Withering is a gradual death. Enoch was a man who was building up his faith, the work of God was being built up in his life. His testimony, what took place in his life before God took him. Everything matters or depends on what we are before God takes us, before death takes us. He could walk with God because he was pleasing God. Two people who love each other know what the other likes and will always do the thing the other likes. Praying in the Holy Ghost, not anyhow. But God the Father may be with one. Most pleasant experiences are when God the Father speaks with us and is near to us.

Verse 21, keep yourselves in the love of God. Possible to get outside the love of God. Those who came out of Egypt were one time as the apple of God’s eye, but the time came when He destroyed them. They got outside and beyond the love of God, because of doing and allowing things in their lives that should not be and they got beyond the love of God. Believed not in obeyed not. “Take heed lest there be in any of you and evil heart of unbelief.” That heart of this obedience and that we wouldn’t prove God in a living way. Jesus' pride that the same love that was in Him may be in them. He said, "Continue ye in My love." Do things that would bring us into a greater love with God.

Verse 21, “Looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The mercy seat was in the Holiest of Holies, in the safest place. Mercy comes from God, from above. Hebrews 4, let us come boldly and obtain mercy for our own lives, obtain mercy and grace to enable one to do better. He that won’t forgive breaks of bridge over which he must one day pass to enter into heaven. The greatest chapter in the life of Joseph was not the one when he was taken from prison and raised to be the second greatest in the land, for when he made himself known to his brethren. All made to go out and Joseph wept and said, "I and Joseph thy brother." Showing there was nothing in his heart against them and all the past forgiven. Wept and kissed him and then they talked with him. Amen.