Determined to be faithful

by Richard Mansel, managing editor

How will we remain faithful in a dark, evil world that is so set against God’s people? How can we overcome the perpetual temptations that assail us daily?

The first step is determination. We simply refuse to lose to Satan. No matter what, we remain strong against everything he throws at us (1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:10-12). We brace ourselves against the wind and refuse to go down. If we do, we scramble back up to fight again (Ephesians 6:13-17).

“For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again” (Proverbs 24:16).

When life pounds at us and problems mount, we remain firm.  Scripture says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (James 1:2, NKJV). The imagery is of being surrounded by trials. We can easily become overwhelmed without the knowledge and comfort of God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

God has assured us that we will never be abandoned (Hebrews 13:5). We are encouraged knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:31-39).

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).

“Be faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).

We focus our eyes on the finish line taking one step at a time (2 Timothy 4:7; Hebrews 12:1). A lifetime does not happen in one moment. To be faithful for the remainder of our lives, we need only be faithful for this one moment, hour, day, week and month.

This is exceedingly easier than trying to see the distant mountain peaks, wondering how we will make the difficult journey. We remain focused on what is important and shun the rest (Matthew 14:22-33).

We plug into Scripture, tune into prayer and walk the walk of Christianity. Leaning on God’s grace and mercy, we keep moving forward knowing that if we remain with Christ, we cannot be lost (Romans 8:1).

Determination coupled with faith can repel Satan (James 4:7). The power of Christ is greater than anything the Devil has in his arsenal (Ephesians 1:19).

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