We all face hard times, none of us is immune. But instead of seeing these hardships as something to be avoided, we can see them as an opportunity to draw closer to God. And we can rejoice in knowing that every trial gives us more endurance for the long race ahead. If you feel that your faith is being tested, Rejoice and Draw near to God. He will get you through it.
We always start out with the very best of intentions. But then life takes over and leads us down a path we never wanted to take. So, how do we follow God even when the craziness of life catches up with us? This Bible Verse about God’s Word gives us the answer… Hide His Word in your heart. Treasure it like it is pure gold. And remember it when temptation comes your way.
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It’s easy to be a Christian on Sunday. We go to church and we’re around other people who believe as we do. We sing and worship together, and we listen to the sermon to find inspiration for the week ahead. The challenge comes when we leave that church building. Waiting for us outside those doors is a world filled with people who oppose our beliefs and want us to be silent. In their eyes, it’s okay if we believe our silly little thoughts as long as we don’t talk about them or try to persuade anyone else to believe them.
Have you ever had someone tell you that you shouldn’t talk about your faith? I know I have! And it always takes me by surprise. Yes, they want us to be silent. But our faith is bigger than them and it’s bigger than us too. Jesus said “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32. We have the truth because we have Jesus. We know who we serve and we know what has been done for us. So it’s our job and our privilege to share our faith with the people around us. To stand up and tell them the good news so that they can have the same assurance and freedom in Jesus Christ that we have.
Here’s what the Apostle Paul had to say about this challenge every Christian faces.
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NKJV)
Within these two verses there are five distinct commands for us to follow. Let’s explore each one together.
As women we are taught to watch what is going on around us when we’re in a public place. Our parents teach us when we are young girls not to talk to strangers. When we get a little older, we’re told not to park our car in a dark parking structure or next to a van. They say don’t go on long walks alone or on a blind date with someone we just met online. We are taught all of this in order to keep us safe from someone who may want to harm us physically. But this command, “Watch” is directed at our spiritual wellbeing. There are people out there who are against our faith. And they would like nothing more than to cause us to doubt our beliefs. So, we should take this warning seriously. Be on alert and be aware of who we surround ourselves with and what their agenda may be.
#2 Stand fast in the faith
As we just talked about there are unsaved people out there who would like to put doubt in our minds. But there are also many false teachers and so much confusion, not only in other religions, but within our own. These false teachers have a watered down view of Christianity or what I like to call the “rose colored glasses” version of the Bible. They are not doing us any favors by misleading us about what the Bibles says! It is up to us to know what the Bible teaches and to stand fast in our faith, or as the NIV translation puts it, stand firm in the faith. I love that word, “firm”. It makes me think about Jesus being my firm foundation and the rock that I can stand on no matter what circumstance I face. I hope that when you hear the word firm, you will have a similar image in your mind. Because our faith is built on the firm foundation and truth of Jesus Christ. But it is our job to stand fast in the faith. We are responsible for knowing the truth of God’s word for ourselves, to understand what is in it and to not allow false teachers to lead us astray.
#3 Be brave
It’s never fun to be called out and have to defend yourself. I get it, and I feel the same way. I don’t like confrontation either, it’s awkward and uncomfortable. But we live in a world where our faith will be tested. We will be challenged and we will be asked questions. So when this happens, we have to be brave enough to face the challenge head on. We can be ready with an answer and be willing to share our faith with an unbelieving world because we know the truth of God’s word.
#4 Be strong
Our society tells us that we are supposed to be politically correct. We shouldn’t say anything that might offend someone else. If we don’t agree, then we should just be polite and keep our mouth shut. But God has not called Christians to be silent, He has called us to be strong. Instead of silence, we should speak openly and plainly about our faith with those people who hold different beliefs and have questions about ours. And we should be mindful that our words are always grounded in biblical truth. If they are, then we should be strong enough to speak these truths with confidence knowing that God’s word never returns void. (Isaiah 55:11)
#5 With Love
The four previous commands are forceful, maybe more forceful than we feel we should be sometimes. But our Christian love for other people is the most important part of this equation. Love is what binds us together and our love for the unsaved should be what motivates us to share our faith. God doesn’t ask us to be judgmental or to beat people over the head with a Bible. Our kindness and love for our fellow man will go a lot farther than browbeating them ever could. God wants us to show His love to an unbelieving world so that when they look at us they can see Him. Together we can show the love of Christ to those who need Him the most. With our love, we can be the beacon of light that shines the way to Jesus.
Sundays are a great day for us get fired up for Jesus, and to connect with other Christians. But our challenge is to live our life for Jesus every day of the week. It’s true that actions speak louder than words. And our actions are important because the world is watching us. What will they see? Will they see someone who loves them with the love of Christ? Will they see someone who is living out their faith every day? Or are we just casual Christians going to church on Sunday and living our lives as we see fit the rest of the week? I hope I am not, that I will have the courage to live for Jesus every day. So, my prayer today, is that I will be able to stand firm in the faith. And that I will have love for those people that God puts in my life in order to share Jesus with them.
How about you? Will you stand firm in the faith? Will you shine the way to Jesus today? I pray that you will join me in taking up this challenge to live for Jesus today and every day! As always, May God bless you!
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Hi, I’m your neighbor at #FaithonFire and a first time visitor. I so appreciate this meditation from Scripture. Beautiful thoughts, beautiful verse! Blessings!
Hi Sandra! I’m so glad you could stop by. Thank you for the encouraging comment. May God bless you!
Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
When we think of the law, it usually brings to mind images of the police or a set of rules that we must comply with. If we don’t, then we have to accept the punishment that comes for noncompliance. But God’s law is different. For a Christian conforming to God’s law is a pleasure. It is something that we are happy to do because it brings us closer to a loving Father and ultimately the blessings that we receive from Him.
In Psalm 119, the psalmist continually talks about his love for the law and keeping the precepts of God’s word. But what does this mean to us and how can we apply this to our lives? First, in order to love God’s law, we need to understand exactly what it is.
God’s law is a gift that He has given to those of us who are saved through belief in His Son, Jesus Christ. It’s not for everyone, only for us. It is a set of instructions that gives us direction and teaches us how to live as God intended us to. God’s law is not meant to harm us or keep us from the things that we enjoy. His law is for our benefit, to guide us, help us and keep us in alignment with His will.
God has given us His law because He loves us and wants us to have joy and fulfillment in life. In return, we love God and want to live within His will. It is our love for God draws us to His law and our thankfulness for our salvation that attracts us to keeping it. Once we understand this truth, then we can begin to study His law and implement it in our lives. So, with that in mind let’s look at just a few of the many verses from Psalm 119.
I opened my mouth and panted,
For I longed for Your commandments.
Here, the psalmist likens his love for God’s law to an animal panting for water. We only have to go a short time without water before we begin to feel thirsty, then start panting as we become more and more dehydrated. Just like the animal in Psalm 119, we can’t live without water any more than we can live without God’s law. We become thirsty for it, then more and more desperate to get it as time goes by. We long to have God’s law because we know deep down inside that we need it to survive.
How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
We can all relate to the craving for something sweet like cake or chocolate or as the psalmist said, honey. When that craving comes over you, it is all you can think about until you taste the sweetness in your mouth. You can’t get enough of it until that craving is satisfied. When we learn to love God’s law, we crave more of it and more of Him. We never get our fill of it, because there is always more to learn and more to experience.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
As I said earlier, God’s law is a set of instructions. I like to think of it as a roadmap for life. But even if you have the instructions you can’t get anywhere in the dark. So, we need a light to shine the way. Our source of light is God’s word and when the world is dark, God shines His light on our path and shows us the way. But the only way for us to have this light is to know God’s word inside and out. To memorize it, store it in our hearts and meditate on it daily. That brings us back to our original verse.
Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
The best way to grow your relationship with God is to read His word, meditate on it throughout the day and love His law. I’m just like you, I have struggles and days when I’m not as faithful to spend time with God that I know I should. I am guilty of putting God on the back burner when I get busy. But I do long for God’s law and His word. I want to spend more time with God and develop a deeper relationship with Him. I encourage you to think about your relationship with God and the closeness that you feel or don’t feel with Him. He understands where you are right now and where you want to be. God is full of grace and understanding. He has given us His law so that we can have the relationship with Him that we were always meant to enjoy. Through time reading God’s word and in prayer, He will teach us how to love His law and how to live within it. When we do, we will see His blessings.
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It is a shame that many do not understand the sweetness of His Word, you might like following Embracing Your Creativity.
Thanks Rebecca! I’ll check it out.
What a delight to read this post about a subject I love so dearly!
I love God’s Word and studying it! I often hug my Bible when I am full of emotion about His Word. Have you ever felt like that? You feel overwhelmed with the sheer joy of having His written word that you can only hug it to express your love?
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Yes, I love studying God’s Word and discovering all of the wonderful promises He has given us! I usually feel like God is the one hugging me and giving me that joy you are talking about. It’s an amazing feeling when you can see God working in your life and showing you verses that speak directly to where you are right now. Thank you so much for visiting today. May God bless you!