Are You Standing Firm?
- Thursday, May 28, 2009
Be careful listening to anyone besides the Lord and be cautious about giving out advice to others. Even with the most sensitive, compassionate and purest of hearts, we can be used to lead people away from what the Lord’s will is for a person’s life.
Take the time to comfortably lie at the feet of your master, waiting for His instruction. It is often heard in our silence and spoken by a small still voice.
Stand firm in your convictions.
For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5).
Frank Peretti wrote the best-selling fiction book This Present Darkness many years ago. It opened my eyes and mind to an ever-present unseen spiritual battle happening all around us. Today, our spiritual battles, at times, seem to be somewhat more visible.
Prayer is constantly being restrained in public. Houses of Worship are being scrutinized or attacked, for what they stand for. Our country’s Christian foundation is being dismissed. It has almost become chic to denigrate a person’s belief in God.
- We are seen as prudish for abstaining from sex outside of marriage.
- We are looked upon as non-tolerant for not embracing untraditional marriages.
- We are viewed as radicals for standing up for the sanctity of life.
- We are called elitist for believing Jesus is the only way to eternal life with God.
Bible-believing followers of Christ are under fire now more than ever.
Oftentimes we are not only being attacked by other people, but also within our own thoughts. Disbelief tells us we will never find our soul mate and encourages us to settle for someone lesser, impatience tells us to go ahead and “do it,” and diffidence says we are not good enough for anyone.
The gray area that some of us have found comfort in is narrowing and each of us will someday have to take a stand and answer for the actions we have taken with our friends, in our relationships, at our workplace and in our homes.
God created us and chose us for His eternal purpose. He gave us the Holy Spirit and His power in order to live a life abundantly. For us to receive the fullest extent of His gift, we must stand firm in our convictions.
No man will be able to stand against you (Deuteronomy 11:25).
Know who your master is and whom you serve. Stand up by standing firm.
Stand firm in your faith.
If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all (Isaiah 7:9).
With unexplainable tragedies, relational confrontations, and unmanageable situations, I can’t imagine trying to live without faith in God. I often wonder how a person with no faith gets through their life when I struggle each day with a solid foundation of faith. It is a continual fight to stand firm in my convictions and beliefs, and to live a righteous life.
In the past decade, the two words that have probably impacted our society more than any others are political correctness. It has become an obstacle for not sharing our faith, for not standing up for what we believe, and for not carrying out the mission God has set before us. These two words have caused some to cower with the fear of speaking “incorrectly.”
Political correctness is a set of rules, which can change or be altered at any time in response to the climate in which it exists. The “beauty” of this methodology (for society) is that anyone can adjust the rules on what is acceptable from moment to moment and situation to situation. Living “correctly” becomes a subjective opinion rather than an ethical standard.
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