I wanted to take this time and thank you all again for reading my posts on standing firm! We are actually at the halfway point (I can’t believe it!) So I wanted to recap the scriptures and the take away message for each post in the series so far. (That way if you missed a post, or see one that catches your eye, it will be easier to access)
Lord, when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain[c] stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed. Psalm 30:7
Standing firm is both a call and response to God’s faithfulness. By standing firm you will be transformed.
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22
The one that stands firm until the end is like the kid in line for his favorite ride at the amusement park. Even if it’s a 4 hour wait. It doesn’t matter if it’s 90 degrees out or 30 degrees, he still isn’t going anywhere.
21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 23 I call God as my witness—and I stake my life on it—that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.
Standing firm is having faith for the promise that is yet to come.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
Standing firm reminds us of the sacrifice that Christ made for us.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! Philippians 4:1
We are to stand firm and share the good news.
15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings[c] we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 2 Thessalonians 2:15
Nothing speaks more clearly than the word of God.
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. Exodus 14:13
Standing firm can require blind faith. We have to trust and believe even when our eyes can’t see.
“If you do not stand firm in your faith,
you will not stand at all.” Isiah 7:9
Standing firm is not in our own power, but in the power God gives us.
You have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair it for the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the Lord. Ezekiel 13:5
Standing firm isn’t only about remaining steadfast, but also about seeking to repair and restore.
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58
In God eyes you are fulfilling your purpose by standing firm in Him.
Epaphras,who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. Colossians 4:12
We pray because we stand firm and we stand firm because we pray.
19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
In order to know truth we must seek it for ourselves, only then can we stand firm in our faith.
17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’” 2 Chronicles 20:17
Standing firm gives us the confidence we need that only a strong faith can provide.
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit,[a] striving together as one for the faith of the gospel. Philippians 1:27
Standing firm isn’t rigidly holding on to our own ideas, but it’s clinging to the faith that the gospel is real and living from that truth.
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.”
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.
Blessings friends! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us for the next half of this series!!