Over the past few months I have been looking into the importance of ‘standing firm’ as a Christian (Ephesians 6:10-20). Before we can stand firm we must be sure of what it is we are standing for. Unfortunately, there are people who do not know what they believe in or what their life stands for. It seems to me that often these people are short of strong convictions and not particularly committed to anything.
I am so thankful for the things that God has helped to convince me of – because I know that it is these convictions which have helped to establish continuity throughout my life!
Despite the sufferings the Apostle Paul endured, he was able to state with absolute conviction; ‘I am not ashamed, because I know who I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day’ (2 Timothy 1:12). Because Paul knew who he believed in, and because he was convinced of Jesus’ abilities, he could not be shaken or drawn away by other influences. Our convictions cannot be seperated from the way we live our lives. In fact, it is fair to say that our lives are an outward display of our inner convictions. If our convictions are weak and wavering, it is likely that our life will also be weak and wavering. In contrast, those who stand firm on the promises of God are more likely over a period of time to see a pattern of blessing emerging in their lives.
In order for us to be people who ‘stand firm’ we need to have strong convictions concerning our faith, our relationships and even our church. I suggest we look at each of these areas in our own lives and make a note of the things we are already convinced of. Once our list is formed, it is important to check whether or not these convictions are in line with the Word of God – make a special note of any scriptures which have helped to establish these convictions in your life. The more we get to know the One we believe in – the more we establish strong convictions concerning His character, love and faithfulness – the greater the continuity throughtout our lives. I have made it my aim to spend less time questioning things and more time reminding myself of the things I am already convinced of.
I am convinced that God can use me and the church I attend, to impact my city and the hearts of those close to me, in a powerful and meaningful way.