Standing Firm with the Sword of the Spirit
Jan 16 – Jan 23
Standing for Truth
By Michael Youssef, Ph D. 01/22/21
Even though we are called to stand firm for the Gospel, we should not be surprised when the world rejects our stance on Truth.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. (1 John 4:4-6).
We can praise God that He does not expect us to make this stand on our own. He will be right there with us, no matter what persecutions we face. He has given us every tool and weapon we need for our spiritual fight. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. . . . so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:10-11, 13).
If we continue on the road of compromise, eventually we will face serious consequences. Jesus appeals to each of us to change our lifestyles before it is too late. He knows the pressures and temptations we face, and He wants to give us the strength we need to stand against these attacks. He wants to give us courage to denounce sins, errors, and false teachings. He wants us to speak up when we see people twist the Gospel message.
Prayer: Father, You are worthy. In the face of opposition, give me Your strength to stand up for Truth. Give me wisdom to know what to say and when to say it, and comfort and protect me when I face the enemy. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).