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Stand Firm

I know, I know… I missed last Tuesday. But I didn’t forget about today, I really didn’t. I was just procrastinating. To make up for last week, I thought I’d use this post as an opportunity to show you guys my new favorite Jamie Grace song.

Just kidding… (You were about to stop reading, weren’t you?)

No, I have something different today.

Recently I found a wonderful quote by Abraham Lincoln. It reads:

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

-Abraham Lincoln

This quote rings true for me right now. (I feel like I’m saying the same thing with every post, beating on the same old drum… but please bear with me.) Isn’t that what being a young adult is all about? Finding firm footing, a firm foundation of some sort, a solid place to stand…

And as you mature, you learn to stand firm.

What is this “right place” that Abe was referring to? We’re (most of us) familiar with the story of the two houses, one built on rock, the other on sand, told in Matthew. Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25).

Jesus’s Words are what make up this solid rock. But what is Jesus except the Word Himself?

We build our lives on Jesus and His Word. And then… we stand firm.

It makes me think of staking a claim, or starting a siege or something. We stand firm, defiantly refusing to move off the solid foundation we have found. It’s like God planned it this way—that there would be times in our lives when everything would shift around or just plain fall apart, so that we could learn to appreciate that He is only thing that “does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).

So, my encouragement to you is simply to find your firm footing… and then stand firm.

“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:13).

 

See you next Tuesday… 😉
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2 thoughts on “Stand Firm”

  1. Thank you for this encouragement to stand firm on the solid rock of Jesus who does not change like shifting shadows. For He is our only hope and He will not disappoint.

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  2. This post so exactly fits the “truth [that] is in Jesus” (Eph. 4:21) that the post reflects its author’s tremendous growth toward being “filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,” (Col 1:9)

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