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.

1 Corinthians 16:13 How To Keep Going

 

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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.