Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong
– 1 Corinthians 16:13(NIV)
We should be able to stand firm with God’s help.
Does that seem hard to you?
I know it was hard for me.
I am as independent as the next man. I know that I am a child of God, but I have always thought that I could stand on my own. After all, I am a strong-willed man. I am willing to do what I have to do and make things work. I am not afraid to work. I am not afraid to speak up. I am a man.
But do I really need God’s help?
You better believe it.
I am not weak. I can admit that I do not have all of the answers. I am susceptible to all of the same temptations as any other man. I can be drawn into the temptations that can conquer me just like anyone else.
Look to the Lord.
Look at Him and all that He has suffered for our sake. He endured merciless torture to offer us salvation. He suffered ridicule and pain. He went through bodily pain and eventual death to save us. He made the ultimate sacrifice for us.
Learn from the Lord.
He teaches us how to undergo pain and hardship. He teaches us how to live life more abundantly. He shows us how to love others more than ourselves. He demonstrates how we can love our neighbor. He provides us proof that He can support and strengthen us through any endeavor. He offers us the Holy Spirit, the Helper, the Comforter, to dwell within us as true believers.
Lean on the Lord.
Count Him daily.
Go to Him daily.
Share your doubts, troubles and needs with Him.
He will hear you.
He will help you.
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; Hebrews 5:8 (KJV)