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.

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.

Luke 21:19 Stand Firm And Win

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Stand firm, and you will win life. Luke 21:19

Jesus started talking about how times will get more rough for believers. He pointed out that people will take believers to trial and try to harm them. Believers would be severely persecuted for believing in God and following Jesus. In the process, believers are not to worry about what to say or do, but to trust God. Jesus tells them to stand firm in order to win life in the end.

A lot of believers read this passage and only think of the end times and severe persecution. They do not look at things that are occurring today.

Some will say that if they are under threat of life they will stand strong and true to God. When they are threatened to be killed unless they deny God, they will not cave in under the pressure to deny God. While they think this may happen, many are caving in under a much lighter pressure to deny God already, without the threat of life.

Every day people are tempted to sin against God. Each time a person sins against God, he is denying God and His power. There is no temptation that is unique to any one person. When temptation comes, God is also there making a way to get away from that temptation.

God wants every believer to stand firm in his choice to follow Jesus and to trust Him.

This means that the believer does not waiver under the pressures to sin and deny Christ.

Many times every day, you will be presented with choices to be made. You have to make a choice if you will follow Jesus or deny Him. The level of pressure to deny Christ will be different for each person and in each case, but the pressure will be there to sit down and deny Him, to cave in under the pressure.

As the pressure and temptation to sin rises, you must turn to God for His strength and guidance. Start worshipping God and get away from that temptation. Allow God’s Spirit to help you stand strong and true for Jesus.

Each time you stand true for God, you will be strengthened for the next battle. You will also be a true witness for Jesus in this world, strengthening other believers and showing the world what following Jesus really means.

Will you stand strong today?

I pray today that you will know your belief in Jesus; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; and that you will stand strong and true for Jesus.