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Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on August 24, 2022 at 1:10 PM

Stand Firm

 

As many of us prepare to start the new school year or a new job or anything new, we are anxious and potentially fearful of what we may encounter. We are not sure if we are ready or have made the necessary steps to prepare. I am in this season, myself. I have recently started a new position. I have had many of these thoughts and doubts the days and nights leading up to my first day. When I found myself worrying, I would cry out to God and ask him to remove my unbelief and to help me trust in His plan for this new chapter in my life.


The apostle Paul tells us to stand firm in our faith. The only way evil triumphs is when we forfeit. We are fighting a spiritual battle and when we exercise courage and stand firm in our faith. If we fight and push through, we win. Evil is not strong enough to defeat God. It is not strong enough to destroy good.


Apathy is evil’s best weapon. If we are lulled into a complacent daze, eventually, we give up. When we sleep on our faith rather than standing firm in our faith, the enemy destroys us before we even know we are in danger. We fail before we even give ourselves time to succeed.


Paul implores us to be on guard. We need to be aware not only of our daily circumstances but also of the opportunities they can provide. We can acknowledge the choices we have today and the consequences each choice will have. Your attitude determines your altitude. Choose to be positive, choose to trust God and line-up with His plan.


How can we stay alert? In the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul says, “Be on guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” It is through love that we can do it. There is nothing in this world that has more value than love. There is no circumstance in your life that love cannot overcome. Love is worth fighting for. Love helps us see things for what they are worth. It helps fuel our courage to face battles in this life. Love conquers all. It is the best weapon. Kevin reminded us of this in his last sermon.


The Word of God says that doing anything apart from love makes it worthless. Even martyrdom does not count for anything if you do not love. The path to true riches comes through a relentless and courageous pursuit of love. So, start each new day (in the routine or a new season of your life), giving thanks to God for His love, thanks for the opportunity to learn (school, job, teacher, friend, podcast, etc.), to live another day to shine the light that He has created in you and to share your love with others – who don’t know Christ, those who know Christ, the good, bad, the evil and the lost. Remember that God and His love for you, are with you wherever you are (old or new season).


Beloved, be encouraged, stand firm and “Go” in peace to LOVE and serve the Lord!

 

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