As I was finishing up studying about fasting and looking at Christ's last week before He died, I was finding some similar themes in both my studying and in my day to day life. When I started taking a look at the recurring themes, I felt like it was time to study the Armor of God. When we come to a place that we realize that our only road to salvation is through Jesus and we begin to follow Him, we find ourselves facing opposition. It is because of this opposition we face that we need to be ready and God does provide instructions on how He wants to prepare us. Paul wrote to all believers the importance of putting on our spiritual armor so that we will be ready. Please look up Ephesians 6:10-18.
An event that is currently upsetting the Near East is the political shake-up that is happening in Libya. Many of Libya's citizens are not happy with their current government. After some demonstrations, a rebellion has started that the rest of the world is watching. It is too soon at this point to be able to predict an outcome; however, it has been interesting to listen to the change that is being reported on the news. When the war first started, the reporters noted that the rebellion army would retreat when they were fired at by the government run army. Reporters have recently been noticing a change in the way the rebellion army is reacting; they are standing their ground and fighting back. One of my memory verses for this year is 1 Corinthians 15:58 which says, "Therefore my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, for you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." Stand firm. That two word phrase is a powerful phrase that I have come across in my study lately and when we are facing strong opposition it is not easy to stand firm.
This week, I want to look at examples of when God has commanded His believers to stand firm and the encouragement we can receive through those examples. God has not thrown us in a battle by ourselves; God is with us. Ephesians 6:10 says, "...Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power." It is not our own power that we rely on, it is God's. But, it is also important to remember that we first need to trust God and stand firm.
Are you ready to stand firm?