“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” – Jude 1:20-21
Jude is a short but important book in the New Testament. It’s only one chapter long but the entirety of that chapter is a word of warning against those that seek to infiltrate and destroy the faith of others, the power of the gospel, and the purity of the bride which is the church. To this end the book concludes with two commandments that will help to keep you in the face of these attacks. The first is to pray in the Holy Ghost, and the second is to keep yourself in the love of God.
How do we keep ourselves in the love of God? We “abide in Him“, spend personal intimate time with Him. Seeking Him, listening to Him, and obeying Him.
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” – John 15:10
Abiding in His love by obeying what He says is first and for most our greatest defense and protection. He sees more, knows more, understands more, and anticipates more then we ever could. Our foe is the master deceiver, a great flatterer, and the father of lies. If we trust in what we see, hear, think, or feel we WILL be deceived. God however, sees all, even the inward thoughts of a man. Therefor, when we put our faith in what He shows us and tells us knowing that He loves us and is truly instructing us in love, we will obey what He says and remain in His loving arms, safe from error or snare. (Isaiah 59:1-2)
Now having looked at the defensive part, let’s look a bit at the offensive, that’s “praying in the Holy Ghost. Did you know that praying in tongues is one of the greatest weapons in your Spiritual Warfare Arsenal? Many read about the armor of God in Ephesians chapter six. They read about the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the shoes of the gospel, the shield of faith, and the sword of the word, but usually they stop there and leave out the final instruction. Remember that the passage states that you need all of these things to be able to effectively stand against the whiles of the devil. Then it says to put on all these things and stand “praying in the Spirit”. Paul was asking the church of Ephesus to abide in (and not step outside of) the protection of God’s grace by walking in truth, righteousness which is obedience, faith, and salvation, and war in the Spirit for others and for Him with the Sword of the Word and by praying in the Holy Spirit.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” – Ephesians 6:10-20
Tongues are a weapon, a warfare, a mighty prayer against which, hell has no understanding or defense. Don’t neglect one of the greatest weapons in your Arsenal. The devil will do all that he can to cause you to do so, for he loves to face an unarmed foe. Seek salvation by faith, abide in love unto obedience, waiting patiently to be endowed with power from on high, then war for the Saints day and night pouring out pure intercession praying in the Spirit. If you want to be victorious in every Spiritual Battle you face, then don’t assume you understand it or know how to win it, or you will surely fail. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)
Seek the Lord, trust His love and obey what He tells you, (no matter how crazy it seems to you, He knows what He’s doing and He’s doing it for the good of those that love Him), and allow the Holy Spirit to war/pray/intercede through you. Believe it or not, He knows what ought to be prayed better then you do. Give Him liberty and He will reveal much to you unto victory.
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17
“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” – Luke 24:49
“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:22-28