Yesterday, we talked about praying regularly, sincerely, secretly, thoughtfully and specifically (see The Most Important Conversations). As I continued studying God’s Word yesterday, I found numerous places that call His people to stand firm. In every Christian’s life there will be trials, disappointments, persecution, and temptations, but through all this we must stand firm in Christ. “Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.” (2 Corinthians 1:24) We have to be on guard. Not only must we stand firm to these things, but we must stand firm to biblical truths. Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” (Psalm 119:89)

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27)

We must increase our knowledge of God and His Word, and bring that information to influence our prayer lives. The more we know about somebody, the more we have to talk about with that person. When you learn something of God through the Scriptures or at church, allow it to influence your prayer. “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)

Many People who profess to know Christ are compromising with the world and are twisting Scripture to suit their lifestyle. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:10-12)

We must get to know Scripture to watch out for false teachers to stand firm in the word of God. The devil will continually try to tempt you, but you must put on the full armor of God. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:13-17)

Your Christian life will be an ongoing battle against sin. We must not become discouraged. We must continually renew our minds. We must continually spend time in the presence of the Lord. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18) We must pray for courage and boldness to do the will of God. It is dangerous to drive and not pay attention to what’s in front of you. “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)

We must keep our eyes in front of us on Christ and not the traffic around us. Don’t be confident in yourself. Be confident in Christ. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:4-6) You must remember to fight the good fight. Endure to the end. “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12) Blessed is the man who stands firm in the Lord during trials. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)

We must prepare ourselves now for the final upcoming battle in order to stand firm in Christ Jesus as He explained to the disciples. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:9-14)