How to Be Blessed By God
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
When a person takes a firm stand on an issue, does it always mean he doesn’t have any doubts? I think that most of the time, as we listen to their words, there are some doubts in the minds of those that seem to be free of all doubts. If that is true, how can they take a firm stand on issues? First, all decisions usually are made with some good arguments on both sides. A person has to choose and trust in his instincts. Secondly, a person who takes a firm stand wants to be known as a person who knows where he is going. If he is smart, he understands that there are differing views, but he has chosen his and is not afraid to state it.
The Apostle Paul challenges us, in our scripture today, to “stand firm” in our faith. Are you willing to take a firm stand? Remember, taking a firm stand doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have doubts along the way. We all do. Taking a firm stand simply means you choose your path in spite of those doubts. The alternative is to become a wishy-washy person, flip flopping on every issue that comes along. We need to “drive the stake” of faith…fight through our times of doubt and stand firm.
Standing firm also means that we are OK with becoming known as a person who believes strongly in his faith. There will be times when standing firm will be obvious to those around you. The very nature of standing firm is that it stands out in contrast to those who live life in the shadows of safety. Are you willing to stand firm?
“Father, I have chosen by faith! Help me now to walk the life in firm convictions of my faith. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”