Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13
As Paul closes out his first letter to the Corinthian church, he gives some final words. He tells them to be on guard, stand firm in their faith and to be strong and courageous.
The world does not have any set standard. Most people in the world live by the standard of: if it feels good, do it. They also believe in looking out for old number one–self. People are out for themselves and are willing to take out anyone who gets in their way.
This type of standard goes against what God tells His followers. Satan does not want a believer to succeed and so he will work to get the world to fight against the believer. This world is a war zone–the world against believers.
Since this world is a war zone, believers must be on their guard. One must be aware of what is going on around him. The enemy will attempt to attack at various times and many different ways. If the believer is aware of this, he can see the tactics of the enemy and be ready to fight back.
One of the tactics of the enemy is to try and break down one’s faith, what the person believes in. The world is always changing what it believes in and tries to do the same with the believer.
Believers must know that they know what they know about Jesus. They must know that they are saved and forgiven. Know what Jesus did for them. This will help to not fall for the lies of the enemy.
Finally a believer must be strong and courageous. The enemy will continually try to attack and destroy a believer. Believers must walk in the strength of God and be willing to fight back when needed with His strength.
War is not easy and the walk with God is a war against the enemy–Satan. As a believer you must not allow the enemy to win. Temptations will arise to try and get you to fall away from God.
If you are aware of what the enemy is trying to do and you stand firm in your faith being strong and courageous, you will win the battle. In the end God will say welcome home good and faithful child. You will also be a witness of Jesus to the world.
I pray today that God will open your eyes to what the enemy is doing; that you will know what you believe in Jesus; that God will fill you with His courage and strength; and that you will be a witness to this world.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.” 2 Chronicles 32:7
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, laid siege to Jerusalem and was ready to destroy the city. He ridiculed God and made Him the same as other foreign gods. Hezekiah told the people to not be afraid because there was a greater power with them, than with Sennacherib. He put his trust in God and went to Him for help. In the end, God sends an angel, who goes into the Assyrian camp and kills everyone in the army.
The world works in a power that seems very powerful and great. It appears that those in the world can have absolute control. In some countries, the leader runs the country as an absolute dictator with full control. Although America is not run under a dictatorship, there are people in it who run some people as though they have absolute power.
A police officer is just a person just like everyone else. In himself he has no real power or authority. Yet, when he pulls a person over for speeding or arrests someone for a theft, he has a lot of power and authority. That power comes from the city or state government, not from himself. He has been given authority to overcome others as needed.
People in the world try to make Christians feel as though they do not have any real power. Satan tries his best to threaten and intimidate believers into fear.
However, as a believer, you have a power that is greater than any power in this world. When God is on your side and in you, you have a greater power than anything Satan can set against you. God’s Holy Spirit resides in you and is more powerful than anything the world can use against you.
Do not let the threats and cares of this world discourage you or make you afraid. God is with you. He made this world and He is the only one who has absolute control. Trust God today.
I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that you will trust God’s power in your life; that you will not fear the attacks of this world; and that you will seek God for every situation in your life.