Week 6 Day 40: The Choice to Stand Firm
"It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
Ponder: Standing firm in the face of all kinds of distractions and problems is not easy. Part of the "standing firm" is resisting the flesh and its desires and wants, resisting against an enemy, who simply just doesn't want us to get serious with God and standing firm against a culture that is often very opposed to the God of the Bible.
"And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels." Ephesians 6: 10-12 The Message
Action: One of the most important and vital things to do every day as part of your armor to stand firm, is to read and meditate on the Word of God. This is the most significant way to transform your thoughts to align with God's thoughts and His will for your life. Make sure you are walking in some form of Christian community that points you to Christ and His Word.
Prayer: Lord, you say that Your Word stands forever (Isaiah 40:8) and it can really go deep into the depths of my heart, soul and mind to transform me. I need that Lord, help me find the discipline and consistency every day to sit with You and read and meditate on Your Word. Let this be a non-negotiable for me, like eating and all the other things I do every day.
Challenge: Say no to something that has enslaved you. If you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you have the power in you to resist and stand firm to temptation. If you know that what you are doing is not pleasing to the Lord, no matter what your feelings are telling you, turn away, pray, distract yourself, call someone. Why would you choose the blame, shame, guilt consequence over the peace and joy God so desires for you?