Stand firm

A letter to a fellow believer:

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While reading through Luke 21 yesterday, I came across very profound tenets that all christians should hold very dear, part of which I found in verse 19 of that chapter.

‘By standing firm, you will win your souls.’ Luke 21:19 (NLT)
This could mean also mean that if one does stand firm, one could lose one’s soul. Also in church today, I came across a verse that I had to go searching for online later, it reads:

‘Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.’ 1 Peter 5:9 (NLT)
The instruction rings out clear again, ‘STAND FIRM’.

In this age where a lot of things are taken for granted when it comes to morality, it is very easy for one’s integrity to be compromised if one does not stand very firmly. In Luke 21:19, the Lord was admonishing us to stand firm in the face of trials when they come, especially in the form of physical assault. We should confess our faith to the end, not denying Christ at any time. Denial does not just come when we confess the wrong things, it shows up too when we purposefully lower the standards expected of us just to fit in the crowd, or get a raise at work or do just about anything ungodly to seemingly move up. If we are christians, we must stand firm in the face of all these and say ‘no’ to compromise. As in 1 Peter 5:9, the ‘stand firm’ therein is against the evil one, ‘the devil’. This has to do with the spiritual part, what goes on within. Our minds and the battle against iniquity. We should purge always. Once evil thoughts pop up, we should simply cancel them in the name of the Lord. Only when we do this can we endure to the end and come out as victors on that great day of reckoning.

Surely, the troubling times of wars and unpleasantries are coming, as the Lord has said. We need to be prepared. We should rejoice when these begin to happen because they are clear signs that our salvation is near, that our Lord’s return is nigh (reference: Luke 21:28). To prepare effectively, we have to do this:

“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.
Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”  Luke 21:34-36 (NLT)

‘Only those who make it through, will be crowned victors. Only those stand firm will win their souls.

‘But the one who endures to the end will be saved.’ Matthew 24:13 (NLT)

Fellow believer, whatever you might be passing through, please know that you are not alone, the Lord is with you and so are the co-heirs on the way facing one challenge or the other. Only know that victory is sure because our Lord has said this:

”I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 (NLT)

Stand firm, stay safe.

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