It’s easy to lose heart in the midst of battle. When the enemy surrounds you and all hope seems to be lost, there is a consistent rallying cry throughout the Bible towards Christians in wartime living: Stand Firm!
Temptation comes to retreat and abandon your position in the faith. Times are tough and you want to give up. How could we possibly stand firm in a time like this? The battle is lost by the first side who is no longer standing firm and is knocked off their feet. Let’s consider two things: Where we stand firm and How the Bible says to stand firm.
Stand Firm in the Gospel
Provided you’re a Christian and reading this, the same Gospel which saved you from the grips of Satan the first time, will be the same Gospel which saves you every time the enemy comes knocking. None shall be snatched from Jesus’ hand (John 10:27-30). If you’re not a Christian, this call and hope is available to you.
When faced with trials, battles, temptations, do you run from God or towards God? If you sin, do you run from God or towards Him? The Gospel says: “even if you get caught on the wrong side of the battle lines, you can run back and stand firm on the right side again.”
The Gospel is the key to winning the battle against our adversaries. If we can stand firm in this area, we will stand firm in all other areas. We may come under attack and be shaken, but we will not moved to failure or distress. Standing firm in the Gospel prevents us from falling to false doctrine (Ephesians 4:14). When we can do this, we are committing a very wise act that is not foolish like our enemy (Matthew 7:24-27).
How the Bible Says to Stand Firm:
- Exodus 14:13 – And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.
- Daniel 11:32 – He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.
- 1 Corinthians 16:13 – Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
- 2 Corinthians 1:24 – Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.
- Galatians 5:1 – For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
- Ephesians 6:13 – Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
- Philippians 1:27 – Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.
- 2 Thessalonians 2:15 – So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
This is a call to perseverance in the faith. When faced with objections, rejections, distractions, and anything that would put you at war with the enemy: stand firm in the Gospel. When you’re at work, stand firm. When you’re at school, stand firm. When you’re in the midst of suffering, stand firm. When you’re having a tough conversation, stand firm. When your beliefs are challenged, stand firm. When you’re tempted, stand firm. When you want to give up, stand firm.
A reminder as this verse so fits the point of this series… Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13)
– Tyson Bradley
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