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.

2 Kings 18:6 No Stopping

jogging on a road

He held fast to the LORD and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. 2 Kings 18:6 

As people are moving forward with something, there will come a lot of opposition and challenges. It can become easy to throw in the towel and give up. Or it can be easy to get distracted on the way and change paths.

It is very common for a person to begin something, but then to shortly give it up for something else or because it is too difficult. Those who continue to press on are the ones who become successful. Very few people become successful without a lot of struggle and dedication. Beginning well is easy, but finishing well is a challenge.

Hezekiah had become king of Judah and immediately he went through the nation and had all the high places to the false gods torn down. He focused on serving God and obeying all of His commands. He chose to hold fast to God and refuse to stop.

Starting to following God is not a difficult thing to do for most people. However, continuing to follow Him and obey Him may be a challenge. It challenge one’s belief and trust in God. It challenges his focus on serving God.

As soon as one begins to follow God, the world will strive to stop the following. Things will attempt to get in the way and distract the person from God and His commands. Reasons to not obey will constantly pop up.

The believer must hold on fast to God and not give up. He must hold on to God as though he were holding on to a rope that his life depended upon, because his life does depend upon God. One cannot save his life, but once saved he needs to honor God with his life by obedience.

At some point in your life, you have chosen to follow God and obey Him. The world will do what it can to distract you and turn you away from God and obeying Him. Do not allow yourself to get distracted and disobey God’s commands to you. Hold fast onto God.

Know that God has the best plans for you. The world has plans to destroy you in the end. As you are holding fast to God, He is holding fast to you. God will not allow you to be destroyed. Don’t stop holding on to God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be dedicated to serving God; that you will know what God wants of you; and that you will not stop obeying God. 

Joshua 23:8 Hold On Tight

Holding a rope

But you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have until now. Joshua 23:8 

Holding on fast to something is to hold very tightly. The person who is holding something fast does not want to lose what he is holding onto.

Most people hold tightly something or many things. There are people who will never throw things away. They hold things tightly,  because someday they may need that item again. Others will hold tightly to their money, because they need to accumulate more and more to be wealthy. Parents are known to hold onto their children tightly. They do not want to let the child leave to go to school or to grow up and move away.

Some things are good to hold on to tightly, while most things do not need to be held onto so tightly. Money, people, and things come and go all the time. Every one of the things people usually hold on to is temporary, they will not last forever.

One thing that people need to hold onto tightly is God. He is eternal and is the best for everyone. As Joshua was preparing for the end of his life, he told the Israelites to hold fast onto God.

Holding fast to God is to keep oneself close to God. They are to follow God’s commands as much as possible. They are to talk with and listen to God on a continual basis. One is to not allow things to get in the way of hearing and seeing God.

This holding on to God is like a person who is holding a rope that is saving his life from dropping into a deep canyon. If he lets go, he will fall to his death.

If one lets go of God, he will fall to his death in the same way. Jesus provides eternal salvation to the one who believes in Him and does not let go.

As you go through your days, you must examine what you are holding on to. What is precious to you and worth holding?

Your number one focus and treasure should be Jesus. Do not allow yourself to get distracted with holding on to something that does not have eternal value. Nothing is better than your salvation.

Do not let go of Jesus, but keep yourself close to Him. Keep listening and watching Him to know how to make it through this life. Hold on tight to God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will listen to God daily; that you will talk to God daily; that you will keep yourself close to God; and that you will not let go of God for the things of this world.