A Steadfast Faith

Daily God Walk for Friday, September 23, 2011

 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel. – Philippians 1:27

 The world is changing so rapidly around us that it is difficult to keep pace. Freshmen in college are taught that by the time they graduate everything they have learned about modern technology will be obsolete.

When I was a child statistics said that the average person would change jobs 5-8 times in his life. Now they say that people entering the job market today can expect to change jobs in excess of 20 times in their life.

We have become a world of sound-bites and 15 second TV advertising. We are being cultured to have a short attention span and be ready to make changes in lifestyle, relationships, families and beliefs.

In the middle of all this the Scripture calls us to “stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel.” I recently read some alarming news about the people of my generation. Statistics show that they are moving away from traditional Christianity by the multitudes and they are embracing other religions, or no religion at all.

There is a passage in Proverbs which reads, “Do not move ancient boundary stone set up by your forefathers” (Proverbs 22:28). Very little is taught today about boundaries. I’m talking about social, moral and spiritual boundaries. We have been greatly influenced by the modern culture which calls us to abandon convention and do whatever feels good.

The message of the Word of God is simply this; “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” We must not be as concerned about what we desire as we are to be concerned about what God desires.

Apostle Paul warns about being tossed back and forth by waves of worldly influence and blown about by changing winds of the doctrines of men. He warns that our enemy is scheming to deceive us and destroy our faith (Ephesians 4:14).

The only protection we have against the deceitfulness of this age and our arch enemy, the devil, is to stand together, firm in the faith and present a united front against the assault of evil. Stand steadfast in faith.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me a steadfast heart to stand firm in the faith. Amen.

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