TUESDAY August 28, 2018
Stand Fast in the Faith
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
Let all that you do be done with love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Paul delivered to the saints an exhortation––be watchful and alert! They needed to stand fast in the faith and be brave and strong. I like that! The word watch means “to keep awake, to be vigilant, and to be on the alert.” Why should we be on the alert? Our enemy––Satan––is walking about like a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8).
Today, more than ever, Christians need to be awake and alert, because the days we live in are uncertain. In fact, you never know what may come. Be a watchman for Jesus Christ––vigilant––standing fast, making sure your faith is steady and on course. Be stable and take a definite stand against the enemy––Satan. We need to maintain the truth of God’s Word. Never compromise and bend under pressure.
Christians must be mature and take heed to what has been said in the Scriptures. When we are exhorted, we should remain strong in the Lord, not weak. We must continue to walk by faith and show ourselves to be faithful, forgiving and strong. We can only do this by being baptized by the Holy Spirit. He will give us the inward strength we need to be strong in the Lord.
Notice, Paul also said that everything we do should be done in love. The emphasis is always God’s agapelove––His unconditional love. Anything that is not done in love has no value. We need to be loving, kind, honoring one another, giving preference to one another (Romans 12:10). In all our service and activities: giving, praying, and reading, in our friendships and in our work, we should be motivated by God’s love.
It is the love of God which constrains us (2 Corinthians 5:14).
Prove your own selves, and may the Lord prepare you for the crucible and the furnace which assuredly await you.
~C. H. Spurgeon~
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