For the God-fearing Bible-believer, we should be living by moral correctness only dictated to us by God alone.  Our actions and beliefs should be based upon the written Word of God, and we must know and uncompromisingly live by what we believe.

True faith doesn’t allow any power to be given to doubt, despair, hopelessness, disbelief, impatience, or diffidence.  True faith doesn’t change by public opinion or by consensus.  True faith listens for the voice of God and lives by conviction.

Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still (Exodus 14:13).

I can learn a lot from a dog’s loyalty, trustworthiness, and faithfulness to his master.  It all starts by learning to stay, sit, and stand firm.

Cliff Young is a contributing writer to Sandlot Stories (ARose Books), as well as the monthly column, "He Said-She Said," in Crosswalk.com's Singles Channel.  An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Got feedback?  Send your comments and questions to CYdmg@yahoo.com. 

**This article first published on May 28, 2009.