Stand Firm

1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” I want to focus just for a few minutes on those words, “stand firm.” It’s a military term that was used when armies would form columns of soldiers and just walk toward each other to battle. Whatever side was winning would begin to move in on and take over the camp of the opposing army. The Bible uses that illustration of standing firm and not losing ground to show us the right tools we need to use to defeat the evil one.

 

“Stand firm” is all about not giving in to tiredness, depression, hurt, or pain. Standing firm is not about living in lack, but understanding as it says in Philippians that, “my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” We don’t live in the lack, or as those who are poor. We’re not talking monetarily or in terms of lifestyle, we’re talking about our attitudes; that we live in the riches of Christ. We stand firm in that. Everything we need is in Him. Everything we need is in the work of the Spirit in our lives.

 

Paul goes on and says, “Let nothing move you.” Not sickness, not hardship, not tiredness, not depression, not poverty; let nothing move you, because the power of the Lord Jesus Christ and the victory we have over sin and over hardship and even over death as 1 Corinthians 15 talks about, is ours to enjoy forever.