Stand Firm: Courageous and Strong

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13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

This verse right here is a great command, but the verse after sums up how we should approach every action we make in our everyday lives.

.14 Do everything in love.

Standing firm allows us take a stand and be on guard against the enemy.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Let’s investigate having a sober mind in a little more detail.

The greek root for sober mind is, “nḗphō”  which refers to both not drunk and also vigilant.

Typically we think of drunk as drinking too much alcohol, but in this way being drunk can also be thought of as anything that clouds our judgement, or impedes our ability to make decisions.

When we stand firm in our faith we need to also remain sober and diligent. For if  we do not remain sober-minded and on guard the following could happen:

When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.

Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.” Matthew 12: 43-45

I do not shy away from a belief of generational sins or curses so an example of this would be the generational pattern of addiction.

Outside of generational sin, I’ve seen my father go from bad to worse in terms of his addiction taking hold of him, seemingly hitting rock bottom only to sink even lower.

This is a very real thing, and if we’re not careful it can sneak up on us and seep into us until we can’t even tell who we are.

The thing about Satan though is that he sings the same tune on the same record over and over on repeat (his tactics don’t change, but our ability to stand firm does)

What influences this?

Our courage and our strength.

13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

To stand firm in faith we need to be courageous and strong.

This means not being afraid, because we know that the Lord is with us.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

 

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