1 Corinthians 16:13 On Guard And Strong In Faith

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

Security guards have a job that must be done to protect someone or a given place or thing. As they are doing their job, they must be alert at all times as to what is going on around them. They must also be filled with courage and strength to face possible dangers.

Depending upon what a guard is guarding, will depend upon on how dangerous his position is. The higher and greater the value, the greater the chance is of someone trying to steal or destroy it.

As Paul finishes out this first letter to the Corinthian church, he tells them to be on their guard with a firm, strong faith that is full of courage.

While the world has many things that have great value that must be guarded, the believer has something that has greater value than anything the world can offer. The believer has forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

There is no price tag that can be put on how valuable life is. Most people are willing to stand strong to guard their life. Very few are willing to die. The world strives to hold on to what they call life, but which is in reality, death.

Every believer has been forgiven of his sins and give eternal life. Yet, many believers do not guard the life that has been given them. They are willing to play with sin and live in fear. The enemy of their souls is allowed to intimidate them. They have very little courage to stand strong upon God’s word and promises.

Every believer must be aware that the enemy is out to destroy him. He must stand firm on what Jesus has done and be very bold and courageous. In the end he will win, if he holds on to his faith and is bold.

The enemy of your soul is out to get you. The world does not want you, as a believer, to win. Fill your mind with God’s word and believe it. Know that you know God’s word is true for you.

As you know God’s word for your life, keep alert, watching out for the attacks of the enemy upon your mind and life. Be willing to stand strong for God, pushing the attacks of the enemy away.

God is with you and will protect you as you trust in Him and stand strong for Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will help you be alert to the tactics of the enemy; that you will have the courage God provides; that you will walk in the strength of God; and that you will not give in to the attacks of the enemy.

Acts 6:15 Glowing In The Face Of Slander

All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel. Acts 6:15

People who do not like someone else are quick to slander someone else. They want to cut the other person down, in hopes to build themselves up.

One of the most common ways people slander other people is with lies. Lies are spread about the person in the attempt to destroy the person’s reputation and character. How a person responds to those lies will reveal the true character of that person.

Stephen had been preaching about Jesus and many people were beginning to believe in and follow Jesus. Some hated his preaching and spread lies about him. As they brought him to trial, his face looked like one of an angel.

When slander is spread about a person, the most common reaction is anger and retaliation. The person slandered tries to strike back and destroy the enemy out of anger and hurt. This type of action can be seen in the world and inside the church.

Neither Jesus, nor Stephen retaliated in this way. They responded in love, control and the wisdom of God. While it is easy to understand why a person would strike back out of anger, it does not promote the things of God. Striking back in anger does not reveal the character of God.

Believers are to be loving and quick to forgive. Stephen was very calm and at peace when he began to speak in his defense against his accusers.

A soft answer that is filled with the truth of God will destroy the lies and slander of the enemy. It will expose the corruption and plans of the enemy, even if it does not stop the plans of the enemy.

Going through life as a believer will cause you to have some enemies. The world does not like you to stand strong and true to the standards of God and will sometimes do what they can to slander and destroy you.

You have a choice as to how you will respond. Acting like the world, you can respond in anger, fighting back. Or you can act like Jesus, responding in God’s wisdom and love.

God’s wisdom and love will prevail over anything the enemy throws your way. You may or may not lose your life, but you will remain true to God and gain eternal life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you words to speak in light of slander; that God will give you strength to love as He loves; and that you will allow God to control your reactions to the world’s attacks.

Psalm 35:3 A Needed Reminder

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Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to me, “I am your salvation.” Psalm 35:3 

Throughout the world there are people who are pursuing other people to destroy them. Some are physically being pursued to cause physical injury, but most often they are being pursued with words in public or in private. Words are often used to damage a person’s life or reputation. False words can destroy a person quickly.

Those that pursue others to destroy them do it for many reasons. It can be out of jealousy, anger, hatred, revenge, to make oneself look better, or to cut another down.

As this is happening, most people have no support. They struggle to find help to stop the attacks. They do not see an escape route from those against them. This becomes especially true with the online social media ability to spread words.

David was being pursued by many seeking to kill him. He cries out to God asking for mercy and for God to attack his enemies. He asks God to remind him that He is his salvation.

While people are being attacked, they often seek help from others. These are often lawyers, costing thousands of dollars in court cases. They seek to retaliate against the attacker, just as the world is attacking them.

Believers understand and know that the salvation of the soul is found in Jesus, but often forget that being saved from attacks can also be found in God. The believers trust must be in God first and foremost, even in God alone.

Trusting in self or the ways of this world will fall short and fail. Trusting in God will never fail. Every believer needs to be reminded by God, once in a while, that He alone is their salvation in every situation met on this earth.

Just as you trust God for the salvation of your soul, trust Him to save you in every attack against you. Trust that God will take care of you, regardless of what the world throws your way or how the world tries to destroy you.

God is greater than any rumor or false lies that the world attacks with. He is greater than the physical attacks of this world. He is an overcomer and will win the war in the end for you.

Each day remind yourself that God is your salvation. There is no other name or help by which you can be saved from anything or anyone.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know that God is on your side; that you will see God’s hand of protection in your life; and that you will trust God in every situation. 

Psalm 14:5 They Are Scared

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But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous. Psalm 14:5 

Fear is something that most people do not like to talk about it. They want to appear as though they are in control and have nothing to fear. Yet, most people have some fear.

Having fear can cause a person to do some crazy things. Fear of catching a disease or sickness, will cause some people to wipe down everything before they will touch it. It will cause some people to go through bottles of hand wipes trying to keep their hands clean. It will cause some to go way out of their way in order to avoid someone or an area that they fear.

David talked about how the evildoers, the world, work at devouring God’s people. While they were doing this, the evildoers were filled with dread, because God was present with the righteous.

Jesus had promised that the world would hate His followers and that His followers would be persecuted. This is something that is happening all over the entire world. The world is against His people.

Satan and the world is against believers, because God is present with them. God’s presence brings about a conviction that they (the world) are not living correctly. No one wants to be told they are living in the wrong. This challenges their way of living.

Rather than changing, they fight against God and His people. They are afraid of change. They are afraid that God’s people will overcome and turn people towards God. People fear that they will have to change their way of living, so they will fight against believers. They do not see the full love of God and the value of change needed in their lives.

As people go against you-a believer-know that they are doing it out of fear. If they really saw the love of God, they would not fear you or any other believer.

Be willing to show love, so that they have no real proof of hatred or anything to fear. Love can draw them towards God, but until they are drawn, they will fear the change and fight against God. They attack and hate out of fear and dread. They are scared at what God’s church can do.

Overwhelm this world with love so that they can see God. Know that they are acting out of fear, but God is with you. You are on the winning team.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that God will remove all fear of others; that God will remove all fear in your life of His will for your life; that you will know the power of God in your life; and that you will not fear the world.

Psalm 124:1 If God Is Not On Your Side…

If the LORD had not been on our side–let Israel say–Psalm 124:1

As people go through struggles in life, there are some who begin to feel that God is against them. These are not those who are in the world and do not believe in God, but those who believe in God and attempt to follow Jesus.

The first thing that many believers feel, when something goes wrong in their life, is that they must have done something wrong and God is completely against them. That is a lie that the devil attempts to get people to believe. Remembering all his past sins will weigh a person down and make them feel God is not on his side. This comes from forgetting what Jesus had did on the cross and why He had  did it.

The devil wants the struggles and problems of this world to overcome a believer and destroy him. He wants the believer to begin to question God’s love for him. If that is allowed, the devil will win the battle and swallow up the believer in his lies.

Keeping his eyes on Jesus will keep the believer in right focus. God is right there beside the believer working to hold him up and make him into the person he needs to be. God will not allow the enemy to win the battle, unless the believer gives up on God.

No matter how tough a situation on life can get, it can always be worse. Until you are swallowed up by the world in death, you are still on the winning side. God is right beside you and will never leave you, as long as you do not push Him away.

Look back on your life and view the tough times you have already been through. Chances are you can see how God brought you through it. You can also see how things could have been worse, despite how bad they were.

While you are in the battle it may seem hopeless, but keeping your eyes on Jesus, you may know that in the end you will win. Jesus won the battle against death on the cross. He will help you win the battle against your soul. You will not be swallowed up and destroyed, unless you choose to be. Keep your hope in Jesus.

I pray today that you will see God’s hand in your life; that you will know the hope Jesus provides; that you will not fear the enemy of your soul; and that you will trust God is with you.