Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stand Fast

Have you ever noticed how many times Paul the apostle exhorts the believers in the different cities to hold fast, or to stand fast? These are the words that echo through my mind. Stand Fast. I actually looked it up in the Strong’s Concordance (on-line version), Stand Fast means: 1) to stand firm 2) to persevere, to persist 3) to keep one's standing

In 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, Paul exhorts, “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave and strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” Then in Galatians 5: 1 he uses it again, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. “ Again in Philippians 1:27, “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” He says it a second time in Philippians 4:1, “Therefore my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, stand fast in the Lord, beloved.” In I Thessalonians 3: 8 he encourages, “For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.” And finally in II Thessalonians 2: 15, “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.”

My reason for sharing all of this is that through my personal struggles here with unemployment and a depressed husband, there have been moments I have wanted to give up. Not give up my Faith in the Lord, but give up hoping and believing that we can and will get through this. Every day is a choice for me, how I live it, what I do with my time, what thoughts I allow in my head, how I respond to situations. Every day I am making myself do the next thing. Things that used to give me joy, I am doing out of obedience now (to the Lord), because when Daddy’s not happy, Mommy’s not either. And every time I start praying, these words: STAND FAST echo through my head. It’s my commitment to the Lord and my duty to my family to STAND FAST. It’s not about how I feel, or what I want or what makes me happy, it’s about persevering. My prayers have not changed. Our needs have not changed. And my resolve is only as strong as my fear of the Lord. Therefore, I will keep doing the next thing. I will trust my Father. I will believe that help is on the way and I will stand fast, so even if we perish, the Lord can return and find me faithful, standing fast.

Standing fast,
Mrs. Taffy

4 comments:

  1. My heart aches for you. I will be praying for you and your family this morning during family prayer time {which I am heading downstairs to in a few minutes}.

    Love you friend.

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  2. Very well put!
    Standing Fast with you my dear, dear friend!

    Hugs...and smiles!

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  3. Amen, Amen, and Amen!!

    Stand fast, sister, Stand FAst!!

    I am with you 100%. I know what you are feeling. I just entered this season of trusting the Lord for my providence. I know it can be so difficult sometimes. One thing that keeps me going and going is the thought of this being where God has led us to. No we aren't here by accident, or oops....we made a mistake. But this was a leading of the Lord, a step in faith to do what God has called us to do.

    Moses knew He was leading the people to the wilderness...it wasn't a suprise. Some rejoiced, some complained. The closer we are to HIM and the more we listen to His leading....the more rejoicing we do, because we know HIM and He has the best in store for us. This is how I am encouraged by the Lord. I stand fast knowing that we are in His will and knowing the BEST is Yet to come! God is for us , not against us....We might not see the bigger picture, just as the people in the wilderness couldn't see the "milk and honey" promised land. But those who trusted and knew who their God was... entered into that promised Land. It was GOOD, very very GOOD!!

    This makes me shout and rejoice everytime I think of God's Love and goodness and where He is taking us! Get a picture of this "promised land" and it will make you STAND FAST with JOy and laughter!!

    Be encouraged my sweet sister in MN!!! :) Email anytime!

    Chris in FL

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  4. Thank you ladies for your care and love that I can feel through cyber space...honestly. You all mean so much to me!

    love and hugs,
    Mrs. Taffy aka Carissa

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