Vigilance is the “action or state of keeping watch”.
Proverbs 4:23. Over the years I have used this scripture at one time or another with each of my kids as a warning of letting anything or anyone else get in the way of their relationship with God.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23
The same applies to us as we consider Jude’s encouraging words at the end of his brief letter. How do you guard your heart? Jude gives us three areas to consider.
…Build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. Jude 20-21
1. We build the faith by “hiding the word of God in our hearts” Psalm 119:11
2.In Romans 8:26 we read “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”
3.And John reminds us in his first epistle; “See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.” 1 John 2:24
Hiding God’s word in our hearts brings Life to what we believe and makes me more aware of my own need and weakness so that I lean upon the Spirit of God to intercede. When those two areas are working together, I believe there is a real, tangible sense of remaining in the love of God.