Stand Firm: Beginning with the End in Mind

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It is interesting to me that the words, “stand firm” appear 33 times in the bible, in both the old and new testament in the NIV version.

To stand firm is to not be moved, and not be shaken. Merriam Webster defines standing firm as, ” refusing to change a decision, position, etc.”

Standing firm isn’t a suggestion of convenience (only sticking it out when it’s easy), but a deliberate decision traced back to a solid faith foundation.

They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:8

Since the tree has deep roots planted it doesn’t have to think about what happens when heat comes or when there is no rain because it is directly connected to the source of life, the living water. It knows where its sustenance comes from.

It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.

I want to be that tree, so connected and deeply rooted in my faith that bearing fruit in every season (even difficult ones) isn’t arduous; but automatic.

A choice to remain connected to the vine is indeed, “standing firm”.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing John 15:5

Over the next month we are going to take a look at the words, “standing firm” in various books in the bible. Each day we are going to go over a different verse that contains these two words. My prayer is that by the end of this series we have a better understanding of what our life looks likes when we stand firm, and  discover some ways on how to make that happen!

As we begin with the end in mind, what does “standing firm” look like to you? Are there any other verses that you believe embody what it means to “stand firm”?  What illustrations come to mind when you think of these words? I’d love to hear from you, let’s get the conversation started below!

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Stand Firm: Beginning with the End in Mind

  1. Pingback: Stand Firm Cheat Sheet | Stephanie Miller, Personal and Spiritual Growth Coach

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