STANDING FIRM TOGETHER

Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:27-30

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come to see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the truth of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents.”

Paul describes what is necessary for us to live our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. First, we are to stand firm in one spirit. Together with other believers we are to be rooted and grounded in our common faith. We are not to be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. We are to be settled in our faith.

Second, we are to be or one mind striving side by side for the truth. We are in a battle. Spiritual forces are against us. Therefore we are to wrestle in the company of other saints against Satan and his evil schemes to deceive us. We need to encourage one another by coming alongside one other in the battles we will face.

Third, we are not to be frightened in anything by our opponents. We have the upper hand in our spiritual battles because we have Christ on our side. We must remember that we are more than conquerors through Him.

We need each other in the battles we will face. And we must remember that our strength is in the Lord — “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might” (Ephesians 6:10).

Lord Jesus, give me to strength to stand firm in my faith. Give me the power to resist the evil one and to strive side by side with other believers to live my life in a manner worthy of the gospel.

Note: I will be traveling to Taiwan for the Christ’s College Board meeting. I am leaving this morning and will return next week. Thank you for your prayers.

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