Standing Firm

What is written on your heart? Is love written there? Is being faithful written there? Have bound them to you? Do you live by them each and every day? Do you know that living by them will provide you with a good name?

It seems a good name in today’s world is no longer a concern. It’s not about being a respected person with a good name, rather it’s more about who can be more outrageous to gain their ten minutes of fame. Unfortunately, for that person, it is short lived and quickly fades away.

Today’s culture has infiltrated much deeper in our lives than we are willing to admit. It is a struggle to fight against it. We must work at following the wise guidance found in the Bible. We must study and consciously concentrate on living a Christian life.

The world and all its self-centeredness bashes us like the waves of an ocean. It’s unrelenting. It knocks us off our feet. It sweeps our feet out from under us. It tosses us about like we are a boat without an anchor. Often the waves seem to be angry and overwhelm us, dragging us to the bottom.

How can we find firm footing to plant our feet to stand? Our foundation must be our love and faith in God. When we plant our feet in Him, we become like the tree planted by the stream. We grow and become fruitful. We gain strength and can withstand the world.

Make no mistake about it. The waves will still come. They will do their best to overwhelm us. They will continue to crash against us. Yet, we will stand with roots deep in God’s love. We will have an understanding the world does not have. We will see this world for what it is. Our strength will come from bowing before God and looking to Him to provide.

As our love and faith in God grows, we will experience the peace of God and be able to show it to those we encounter. Others will notice the peace we have and will ask where it comes from. This will provide us an opportunity to tell others about God. It will provide an opportunity to be part of God’s plan to bring others into His kingdom.

I pray we all plant our feet firmly in God. I pray we turn our love and faith to Him rather than this world. I pray each one of us will bind ourselves to God and write His love in our hearts. Stand firmly on God’s word. Be like a tree planted by the stream. Know that God loves you and love Him back. Put your faith in God. Bind yourself to Him and experience His peace.

Proverbs 3:3-4

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; 

bind them around your neck,

write them on the tablet of your heart.

Then you will win favor and a good name 

in the sight of God and man.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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