Pastor column: There are four aspects to standing fast

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God has given every believer the ability to be steadfast, even in the most trying adversities. It’s essential that we are people who stand fast. This message explores four aspects of “standing fast.”

The first aspect to standing fast is freedom. Galatians 5 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” (vs. 1). Why do we need to stand fast in our freedom? First, we are free from the law. If we do not stand fast in this freedom, the grace of God is of no account. The cross of Jesus then profits us nothing. Second, we are free from sin and death. Romans 8 says, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (vs. 2). We have been set free from the law, sin and death, now we must stand fast in our freedom! Standing fast in freedom gives us confidence in our walk with the Lord.

The second aspect to standing fast is faith. 1 Corinthians 16 tells us, “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong” (vs. 13). Faith is believing God’s Word. “So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter” (2 Timothy 2:15). Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Standing fast in faith controls our walk with the Lord.

The third aspect to standing fast is faithfulness. Philippians 4:1 says, “Therefore … stand fast in the Lord, beloved.” We must stand fast being faithful to our commitment in the Lord. Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” (John 15:4). The Lord also said, “he who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:22). Standing fast in faithfulness is our commitment to our walk with the Lord on display.

The forth aspect to standing fast is fellowship. Philippians 1:27 says, “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ … that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” We must stand fast together. There must be a consistency in our fellowship! Speaking of the early church Acts 2:44 says, “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common.” Standing fast together in fellowship demonstrates our consistency in our walk with the Lord.

God has called us to stand fast. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Rev. J. Patrick Street is the lead pastor of Redeemer Church in Marion. He can be reached at coachpatstreet@gmail.com.

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