Stand Firm: The Ripple Effect

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Your statutes, Lord, stand firm;
    holiness adorns your house
    for endless days Psalm 93:5

Not only is God eternal and constant but so is His word. We’ve talked about how His word stands firm for all of time through each generation.

But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33:11

How does this happen? How does His word withstand all generations?

It is through His people that God moves. He uses His word to speak to us so He can speak through us.

Isn’t that what I’m doing right now? Commenting on scripture and trying to expand my own understanding by providing other similar passages and concrete examples?

God gave each member of His body spiritual gifts, with the full purpose in mind that each person would use their gifts to build up the kingdom.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:7

He doesn’t need us to do any of His work, but yet He chose to use us. This is the same for when we are standing firm.

God uses our “standing firm” to speak to others.

Our standing firm speaks to other by example and also by teaching.

That is one thing (among so many) that I love about God. When we decide to stand firm in our faith he uses that for good (ours and others) and His glory.

It’s all about Him but He makes us seem like it’s all about us, that’s how much He loves us!

As we grow stronger in our faith we can start to appreciate that our decision to remain righteous doesn’t just affect us, but affects everyone around us.

I think the best example I can think of for this is parenting. Becoming a mom I knew that at some point my daughter would start not only watching me, but imitating me.

Well at almost a year old, that has already started! She will repeat what I say and gesture what I gesture. I have to be very careful about what I say and do because she is always watching and repeating.

Knowing that I’m setting an example has helped me do my best to be a good example! I don’t always get it right, but that is when I’m so thankful for the grace of God. The Apostle Paul also was aware of this:

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1

So we attempt to set the example by following the ultimate example.

Our ability to “lead by example” is what causes the ripple affect.

That is exactly what standing is! It is leading by example. So I challenge you today (especially as we are nearing the end of our series) how can you stand firm and set an example for those around you?

 

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