We all know that, as believers, we will be challenged in our faith. We want to be able to stand firm.
Sometimes a challenge comes in the form of temptation. The enemy knows exactly where to target us and when we are at our weakest. And he knows exactly what keeps us most.
Often, the challenge doesn’t come with the worlds way is counter-culture God’s way. We want to be accepted, and it’s difficult to always say or do the right things.
And, of course, we are challenge when we face trials that cut us to the bone, grief, loss, sickness, and disappointment can all lead us to waiver in our belief.
Three Ways To Stand Firm In Our Faith
We’ve all been there, we’ve struggled with trying to stand firm in our faith.
“ if we do not stand firm in our faith, we will not stand at all” (Isaiah 7:9).
So, when faced with challenges to our faith, how does the Bible encourage us to stand firm?
First, we have to know upon what or who we are standing.
I wait patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me up from a slimy pit out of the mud in the mire;He set my feet upon the rock and gave me a firm place to standPsalm 40:1-2
When God reached down and saved us, He lifted us out of the pit and set us on the Rock. Jesus is the Rock, and He is a firm place to stand. He is the truth and His words are truth. (John 14:6; John 17:17).
2 Thessalonians 2:15 says, so then, brothers, stand firm and hold onto the teaching we have passed to you, whether by word or by letter.
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of Gods stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).
When your face is challenge remember that you can stand on the Rock of Jesus Christ. His word is a firm place to stand. He does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17). He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (hebrews 13:8). Dig your heels in and trust the One who is beneath you.
Second, we will have to resist the devil and his lies.
When we are struggling with our faith, Satan will whisper words contrary to God’s Word. We have to choose to cast down those thoughts (2 Corinthians 10;5).
Be self control and alert. Your enemy the devil Prowse around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing in the firm faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.1 Peter 5:8-9)
“Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be men of courage; be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).
As soon as we recognize thoughts of fear, doubt, discouragement, anxiety, or temptation, we have to choose to guard our minds against the deception of the enemy and choose to think Gods thoughts instead.
God has given us spiritual armor to help us stand. When we feel the challenges to our faith, we can remember to suit up and then take our stand.
Therefore put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to standEphesians 6:13
You know what stands out to me and that burst. After you have Done everything. In other words, we have to do our part. We have to put on the armor and actively cues to protect our mind from wrong thoughts, our hearts from pride, and our gut from lies. Then we have to take up our shield of faith.
We have to be self-controlled and alert and on guard . But when we have done our part, God enables us to stand.
Third, we can not waver between faith and doubt.
We have to know what we believe and why we believe, so that when challenges come, we are firm in our faith. Why have you decided to follow Jesus? Why are you to serve Him? What do you believe about God and His Word?
1 Kings 18:22 says, “Elijah went before the people and said, how long will the waiver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Ball is God, follow him.“
I think sometimes we still waver between wanting to follow God and wanting to follow the world. If that is the case, we will definitely struggle with our faith. The Lord is asking you today, “How long will you waver between two opinions?
If you know that God is God and God is good, then there is no question. Don’t let Satan make you think he has something better to offer you in the world. It’s a lie.
Only God is God and He alone knows what’s best for us. He alone is the path of life, love, and victory.
Consider Abraham and his faith. He was a man, a real person, just like you and me. God gave him a great promise with little evidence that he could actually see.
“Yet he did not waiver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised” (Romans 4:20).
I love that verse. Abraham made mistakes, he wasn’t perfect. But he was “fully persuaded.’ Are you fully persuaded and what God is able to do what He has promised?
Still Struggling To Stand Firm?
If you are still struggling to believe God because of trials, tribulations, or Temptations that you are going through right now, let me encourage you that the Lord of all consent you free. He can lead you out of the miry place of doubt and confusion and give you a firm place to stand.
Trust that He is good and He loves you perfectly. He will make away for you and keep you in His love and in His truth.