Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! Philippians 4:1
Everyday fads and fashions come and go. People are always changing what they think is best or good. What is classified as good today, may be looked down upon as horrible tomorrow.
This type of thinking causes very few people to stand firm on what they believe very long. No one wants to stand out as completely different for very long, or they want to always be completely different from everyone else.
After talking about living with no confidence in the flesh, Paul tells the people to stand firm in the Lord.
When a person stands firm, his footing is solid and he cannot be moved or knocked down. The one on a boat that is standing firm, will be able to hold his balance correctly as the boat is rocked back and forth by the winds and waves around it.
Many in this world are trying to say that there are many ways to God or heaven, or that there is no way to God. Along with the ways to God, the world also says that there are no moral absolutes and anything is good with no solid standard.
Believers are held to God’s standard of perfection and holiness. This is not something that is done by themselves, but by the grace and power of God working in and through them. Salvation, holiness and heaven is not attained by the work of a person, but by His faith in Jesus.
As the world and many who have infiltrated the church, attempt to focus on works and self, the believer must stand firm on God’s word and faith in Jesus for his salvation. He must never lose his solid footing with God to the lies and deception of this world.
Your belief in Jesus is what has saved you and removed your sins from your life. Although you must do works to serve God, do not do them to earn salvation.
Do not allow the false teachings of earning salvation to cloud your thoughts and actions. Know what God’s word says and what Jesus has already done for you and stand firm in Lord. Allow God and His word to be your guide, not this fallen world.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God expects of you; that you will know the salvation Jesus provides for you; and that you will stand firm in the Lord and not be moved away from God in any way.