2 Thessalonians 2:15 Hold On Tightly

So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 2 Thessalonians 2:15

Things that are popular in the world change on an almost daily basis. One way of doing things is popular today, and then the next day something takes its place.

As a result, things that are believed to be true one day are often disbelieved the next. Many are working to change what the history books state about different situations. The world does not like to stand firm on anything but what feels good in the moment.

After describing how many will believe in lies, Paul encourages the people to stand firm and hold on to what they have already been taught.

The world does not really hold to any rock solid standard that stays the same forever. Views and expectations change on a constant basis. Changing views occur in order to accommodate the feelings of the people in the moment, with no regard to the future or the bigger picture.

Without a solid foundation, things eventually fall into chaos and confusion.

Some in the church have chosen to believe in and embrace the lies and deception of this world. Rejection of what God’s word says has crept into the church body.

God’s word has remained true and faithful for thousands of years and has not changed. God, Himself, has also remained faithful and true for thousands of years and has never changed at all.

Believers, who have chosen to fully sell out to God, continue to focus on what God’s word says and hold to its teachings. They will stand firm and not be continually moved to every whim and wave of changing doctrine or belief that comes their way.

Every day you will hear of things that attempt to change what God’s word says. Temptations to accept sin and false teachings will abound in all around you.

Put your focus upon God’s word and stand firm on it. Hold fast to what God has already taught you. Tie a rope around yourself with God’s word and do not allow yourself to be moved to believe in the lies and deception of the enemy.

God and His word will remain true and faithful forever, never changing as the world does on a regular basis.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s teachings in your heart and life; that you will hold fast to God’s word everyday; that God will guide you in knowing His truth; and that God will protect you from being swayed by the deception of this world.

Philippians 4:1 Stand Firm In The Lord

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.