Courageously bearing opposition requires fixed principles which give the heart stability and strength. Yes, the way we live does make a difference in how strong we stand in any spiritual confrontation. We must have a knowledge of God’s truth. Are you able to give an account of what you hope for or in whom is your hope? (2 Timothy 2:15; James 1:6) God’s truth is a shelter in every raging storm. Daniel 11:32 …the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.
A half-hearted resolve will not take you very far in your spiritual journey for Christ. Consider Jehu of 2 Kings 10. Jehu was appointed by God to clean up after Ahab who had done more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him (1 Kings 16:30). God blessed Jehu’s obedience by granting him a dynasty which lasted to the fourth generation, but Jehu’s heart was not entirely God’s alone. He compromised with evil men in his ambitions, and his eyes were set on worldly pleasures more than on God’s favor.
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
“If your heart is not fixed in its purpose, your principles, as good as they may be, will hang loose and be of no more use in the heat of battle than an ill-strung bow.” William Gurnall
Strive to be firmly grounded in the truth of God’s Word.
© Debora Gilley June 2017