For life to have real meaning and purpose, we have to believe in something. Then we have to be ready to stand up for what we believe; we have to have conviction.
God likes wholehearted, stouthearted men. If He is what you believe in, have you got the guts to be one of these? If you’re going to serve God, know what you believe and serve Him no matter what anyone else says. Be prepared to take a stand of faith, like Martin Luther (1483-1546) did on the issue of salvation by grace before the religious council of his day: “Unless I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture, I can and will not retract. Here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God!”
You cannot stop the man of faith. You cannot dissuade him. You cannot divert him. He’ll go on with or without you or right over you, if necessary. He is determined to go on by faith because he has found the truth. He is of one mind, one heart, one soul, one spirit, one purpose, and will not quit!
Beware of compromise.
The Devil will do everything he can to tempt you to forsake God’s way. If he can’t get you to stop, he will try to get you to compromise. He tempts you with half-truths that make you doubt your convictions or not live up to them fully.
Most people don’t realize that if they hold one little thing back from God, if they make one little compromise, they are distancing themselves from God. One little disobedience leads to another, one little refusal and denial leads to another, and one bit of selfishness leads to more. You may think, “Oh, just this one little sin, just this one little thing, it’s not important,” but that crack in your armor is all the Devil needs. His gas of deceit begins to seep in and poison your mind because you disobeyed what you knew God wanted you to do, and pretty soon you’re totally off the track.
Don’t let that happen to you. Be faithful to the Lord. Be faithful to the voice of His Spirit when He tells you to do this or that, or to not do this or that. Be loyal. “Resist the Devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Don’t give him an inch, or he’ll take a mile—everything you’ve got. Give no place to the Devil (Ephesians 4:27).
“To obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22).
A lot of people try to go ahead in their own strength and their own wisdom and do what they think is God’s will and God’s work, but we can’t serve God unless we obey God. We can’t just do what we think is right, no matter how good it might be. Our best isn’t good enough; it takes God to really do the job right. Our best, your own human strength or supposed wisdom, is not sufficient.
Do exactly what the Lord tells you—no more and no less. King Saul thought he could do better than that, and he lost his job. He had God’s anointing and blessing as long as he obeyed and waited on the Lord, but when he started going his own way and disobeying, he lost it (1 Samuel 15:1-23).
There’s no “little” disobedience to God. Any disobedience is a big one. Nothing short of right is right. It’s either all or nothing at all with God. You’re either obedient or disobedient. God’s Word says, “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:19).
Wait and obey. That’s one of the most valuable lessons you can ever learn about serving the Lord!
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I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot. I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My Words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy Angels.
For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto Salvation to every one that believeth;
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