“Stand up, stand up for Jesus ye soldiers of the cross” — George Duffield, 1858
For many people, peer pressure and the desire to go along with the crowd in order to fit in is a struggle. At times, it can be hard to hold on to our beliefs and convictions. It may seem like everyone wants us to think like them or has a different set of views meant to shift our perspective from the Bible. Sin also tempts us to draw away from God and His promises.
As Christians, we know the truth of Jesus and the good news of the gospel. We have hope. Even when it is hard, we can make the decision to stand firm in his word and stand up for Jesus.
Stand Firm in the Faith
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” — 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, NIV
1 Corinthians 16 encourages us to stand firm in the faith with courage, strength and love. Standing firm in the faith may look differently depending on the situation; however, in general, standing firm in the faith has to do with holding onto our beliefs unwaveringly when the world around us is trying to make us question our faith or distract us from Jesus.
There are endless scenarios in which we can stand firm in the faith. Perhaps, for some people standing firm in the faith involves facing their fears and anxieties to do something the Holy Spirit has called them to do. Another example could be showing love to someone even when other people are not acting lovingly toward that person. Yet, another could be holding true to biblical truth over false indoctrinations of God’s Word.
The Armor of God
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” — Ephesians 6:10-13, NIV
When we are struggling to stand firm in the faith and overcome temptations, we can put on the armor of God as we fight our spiritual battles. The armor of God is made up of the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the sword of the spirit, the shield of faith and feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. The same passage also encourages prayer (Ephesians 6:10-18, NIV).
What does it mean to put on the full armor of God so we can stand firm? Putting on the armor of God is a way of preparing for the battles and trials we are going to face. As we are tempted by sin or other people to veer from the path God has called us to, we can draw strength from biblical wisdom and the strength God has given us.
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