HOLDING ON IN TROUBLED TIMES
There is a very serious problem we face in our day. As cultures advance in evil and ungodly living, and the speed of communication transmits sinful ideas into our lives so easily, the tendency with some is to lose our grip on faith and biblical principles. While this is not a new problem for Christians anywhere in the world, as the end draws near, the pressure to give in to these forces of evil increases which means we must be all the more intentional about our walk in the Spirit.
Therefore, “let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). To “hold fast” means to continue believing and acting in accordance with such belief. It is the same concept that Paul gave the Thessalonians; “Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 4:1–2).
The next phrase in Hebrews 10:23 is just as important, “without wavering.” This means to “hold fast the confession” without changing what you came to believe about the Lord Jesus at the first. As God “who promised is faithful,” so we must be faithful, not only as a true disciple of Jesus Christ, but also as an ambassador for Christ in reconciling the world to God through Him (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). You cannot convince others to believe unless your faith is anchored and firm.
Remember the story in Acts 19 where “some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits…But the evil spirits answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” (19:13-15). Be careful and make sure your faith in the Lord Jesus is genuine, firm and immovable.
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