Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Stand Firm in the Faith
If you have just received #Jesus as your Lord ... and, you have taken the step to speak publicly about your faith, please be aware that a test will surely come (It may already have) to see whether or not you truly believe what you have professed... the enemy wants to STOP you before you are firmly established in your faith...
Read Luke Chapter 8 (Parable of the Sower).
Here are some examples I've seen in my lifetime of things the enemy has done to 'steal away' someone who has professed Christ. Some of these didn't work because the person being tempted stood firm in their faith…
-- A Job offer
-- A new relationship
-- A terrible betrayal
-- An argument
-- Boredom.. (which led to fellowship with the world)
-- Cravings for drugs, sex, possessions, money, pornography, etc...
How do you combat these things? How do you hold fast when the trials come?
-- Stand firm in the faith: Ephesians 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
-- Read your Bible: Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
-- Pray: Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
-- Seek council from Godly people who are established in the faith: Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
-- Repent and Draw near to God: James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
-- Worship God: Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
-- Give your Testimony, lean on the Lord; keep proclaiming #truth: Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
-- Get your mind off of YOU and put your mind on #JESUS: Philippians 2:1-11: If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Please remember that it is the work of the Holy Spirit in your life that will enable you to live for #Jesus (and not yourself). You will never have enough 'willpower' to do this on your own. Lean on Jesus.
Hebrews 12: 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.