Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. ~2nd Thessalonians 2:15
I think I watched too many superhero cartoons as a kid, I have this desire to take on every battle that comes my way. I picture myself in perpetual motion as I single handedly fight for truth, justice and the American way… Then I wake up.
In a world where there is no absolute truth, chaos and confusion are sure to set in. Sometimes it seems like we need to react with every whim or notion that society brings. I feel like a dog chasing his tail, round and round I go and where I stop know body knows.
I can be a bit of a zealot when it comes to right and wrong and although some may say “he is too boisterous”, they have no idea how much constraint I am applying. My flesh wants to scream and battle everything that comes against what I believe to be right.
I thank God for the scriptures that stand out when I need them most. It’s as if my evil thoughts are dissolved by God’s word and I’m directed to what He teaches in large, underlined and bold print.
Paul’s final letter to the Thessalonians comes with an exhortation to “stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle”. He encourages them to not be distracted by the evil around them but to a pillar that is not moved by the works of this world. I think the picture is more of a stationary rock that withstands the blows of wickedness and when the dust settles those in opposition to God’s word will see the strength of those who stand on Truth.
I have seen time and time again a man who is still effected by his old ways and in deep pain lash out at me with everything he has to try me and test the work of God only to fall in exhaustion and surrender to Jesus.
There’s a battle going on that is to be won with prayer and fasting. When those in opposition see a united church that stands for the Truth of God I believe many will also fall to their knees.
Our only hope is to project a banner of faith that will not buckle under the pressure of a way of life where there is no absolute truth and people are living according to their feelings and desires. Those attributes are not built on a foundation but only sand. When the wind and rain of life come crashing down on society I believe a faithful and healthy church of God will be the only ones standing.
So when the fiery darts of the enemy come at you, “Don’t just do something, stand there”!
Paul finishes chapter two with “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work”. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member at America’s Keswick. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events.
Daily Quote: “Let this one great, gracious, glorious fact lie in your spirit until it permeates all your thoughts and makes you rejoice even though you are without strength. Rejoice that the Lord Jesus has become your strength and your song – He has become your salvation. “ ~Charles H. Spurgeon
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
And saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him,
And delivers them. ~Psalm 34:6-7