be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position…. (2 Pe 3:17).
I have spent much of my life falling. Mostly, because of my own insecurities, fears, and pride. All of these issues in my life eventually led to my swift and sudden disaster. They all left him in a heap of ruins, fashioned from my own unhealthy desires.
Until you’re sick and tired of falling, you’ll keep obeying the same voices that get you there.
For me, I had to learn how to stand. Now that I know how to stand firm, not following my feelings, emotions or need to be in control, I fall much less than I did before. There’s something about standing that grows our faith up in the Lord Jesus as we plant ourselves in His great love.
I know what you’re thinking though because I’ve been plagued by such thoughts too. What if God doesn’t pull through? What if something bad happens or what if I let go and He lets me fall? All of this comes from a heart that has yet learned how to stand.
Standing firm means that I train myself up for war. It means that no matter what emotion hits me, I take each of them captive as a warrior for Christ. It means I give Him complete and total control without letting myself drown in unbelief or fear. The more I stand, the stronger I become through Christ and the more victories I see.
Truly, for those who know how to stand no longer feel the need to run ahead of God. They simply watch Him work and rely on Him to bring victory. I don’t know about you, but I need God to work on my behalf, but in order to do so, I must learn how to stand.
I often envision my walk with God in slow motion. This helps me process through my thoughts as I slow my heart and mind down asking myself where these feelings are coming from. It allows me the time and space to recognize what’s being put in front of me. Either I’ll chase the bait of Satan or I’ll stand firm in the peace and mercy of God. The choice is really up to me.
Lord, I’m tired of falling because of my own sinful actions. I want to continue to grow as I practice standing firm. I know that I am stronger than the enemy. I know that he can’t control me. Help me, as I grow, to continue to stand firm in your grace, in Jesus name, Amen.