When one is involved in carrying out works for the Lord, it’s common in our time to encounter opposition of some kind. It’s also common to have reservations about moving full steam ahead in what God may be calling us to do for the sake of the gospel. That’s why, if we’re really listening to him, we will hear him give us reassurances to let us know he’s looking out for us on the path he wants us to take.
Standing firm in the faith is a quality he promises to instill in us when we carry out our missions for him. Due to the fact that we must sometimes share unpleasant truths and must influence people for God’s righteous causes, being decisive and firm are necessary to be effective. The Lord made it clear to his prophets and apostles in the Bible that moral or spiritual compromise to appease the wicked was absolutely unacceptable for them regardless of the circumstances.
Why must firmness be a priority? For several understandable reasons, such as:
- God must me be feared more than humans. As Proverbs 29:25 states, “The fear of man bringeth a snare…” Fearing humans over God makes it easy for us to fall into moral and spiritual traps that end up spiritually harming us and others. We also place ourselves on the path toward God’s punishment by doing that. Additionally, since we should do our works for him, we should understand he’s the one who ultimately calls the shots.
- We must trust God to protect us. When other people plot to do their worst to us, the Lord is always concerned about our welfare since he’s our Father. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. And if death becomes the end result of any plot against us, we can be sure a godly reward for such a sacrifice awaits us in God’s eternal presence.
- We must have a deep conviction that God’s word is the truth. Being convinced of that in our hearts and minds gives us the spiritual strength and faith to face the unbelief, deceptions, and opposition prevalent in the world.
- Firmness displays our loving care and concern for others. When we see how much God values people, even in their worst state, it makes us want to endure certain hassles long enough to display the gospel.
Here are a few scriptures where the Lord encouraged his saints to stand firm in their mission:
8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.
9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. EZEKIEL 3
17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.
18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.
19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee. JEREMIAH 1
9 Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. ACTS 18
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 1 PETER 3