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“Stand firm” means following God despite your emotions or the bad situations in front of you. The issues of life and the enemy’s attack will try to knock you down and it’s imperative that you stand firm in your faith.
Humans are temperamental and moody. Our emotions can change within a second. When our emotions change we tend to change how we behave and what we believe as well. God knew that he gave humanity the gift of emotions and he understands the strengths and weaknesses of hormones.
Therefore, he gave us something that doesn't change - The Word of God. He knew that we would need an unwavering guide to seek God and understand His ways, so he created the Bible. The Bible makes it very clear that: “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19
You’re probably reading this because you’re scared, anxious, confused, and tired of waiting for God to act… I’ve been there too. I suggest reading the scriptures below and then writing them in your journal with your opinion about them. Then, listening to bible verse mediations to let the scriptures sink into your mind and spirit. Do NOT pay attention to your mood at the moment and keep feeding yourself the word because the dark cloud will pass if you keep focusing on the light!
You do not labor in vain. It is just as the Scripture says: “Anyone who believes in Him will never be put to shame.” Romans 10:11
So, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 Related Article: God Won’t Break 10 Promises Listed in Scripture!
Endure Hardship as Discipline
“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.“Make level paths for your feet,”so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” Hebrews 12:7-13
Prayer to Stand Firm in Faith
Lord, I pray that you help me to avoid temptation and sin as I pass through this fiery trial. Lord give me the strength and perseverance to continue on the path of righteousness. Thank you for the grace to stand firm to the end. I ask that my spirit would overflow with praises and thanksgivings. You are worthy of it all. Holy are you Abba. You are my counselor, protector, leader, guide, teacher, deliverer, and father. You are the God of miracles, breakthrough, and the impossible. I give you my burdens. I surrender my life, heart, and situation into your trustworthy hands. I believe that you will accomplish a good work and that I can trust you. I love you Abba. Amen.
14 Tips to Stand Firm in God Completely:
These 14 tips based on stand firm scripture will teach you how to have more faith in God during difficult times. God promises that those whom delight in him shall receive the desires of their heart. So, keep delighting in him my beautiful friend. And I hope that you stay strong in your current battle.
1. You need to believe.
Standing on faith requires faith and BELIEVING what the Bible says. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
2. Submit To God’s Plan.
On your faith journey there will be moments when it feels like God is mean or He has forsaken you. You may question his love for you. Or, you might try to take matters into your own hand because you don’t trust him.
God is like a well skilled manager at your job. At a job, we have to trust the manager to do the BEST for the company even when we don’t like their decisions. The truth is, sometimes only the manager can see all the problems within the company, the workers, and finance department. They aren’t able to tell you everything because it’s important to protect everyone’s privacy, you might not understand, and it would overwhelm you because it isn’t your role to manage.
This is what our walk with God needs to look like too. There have been times I wanted to date someone that God clearly gave me a warning dream about. I wanted to ignore God’s warning because I felt He was being unfair and withholding romance from me. I was mad at God and didn’t trust that He was guiding me. So, I ignored a warning dream and quickly realized one of the men was a womanizer!
The truth is, God NEVER forsakes you and his plan doesn’t change for you because it feels difficult. He withholds no good thing from us and we have to trust him even when it doesn’t feel He is being good to us. Our blessings are according to HIS timing and HIS plan for things to happen, not ours.
”Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
3. Read the Bible
To have more faith in God you must read the Bible. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17
4. Remove Doubt
You will need to ask God to remove doubt, so that you can stand fast in the faith. “And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:22-24
5. Seek Wisdom
Ask God for his wisdom and do not try to make things happen in your own strength. God doesn’t always do things when we want or how we want. His gift of wisdom will help you to see what his plan is in the situation.
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." James 1:5-8
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6. Embrace Your Authority In Christ
You are not helpless. Don’t ever forget that you have a powerful God that is working everything out for the good of His children. Don’t fall in the trap of being a victim. I’ve fell into victim mentality when the enemy attacked an area of my life and it nearly made me give up my Christianity. But, that’s what the enemy wants you to do. He wants you to think you’re powerless and that your God is inactive.
“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” Luke 10:19 ESV
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
7. Receive God’s Strength
God will give us the strength to keep believing if we read the word and call on him. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
8. Be Gentle and Kind
You can’t stand firm in faith and be cruel to people. Believing in God means obeying His commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
9. Believe God’s Word
When spiritual attacks come stand firm on the word of God. The enemy will try to tell you lies, but the Bible will repeat the truth to you. Here I describe how I engage in spiritual warfare and I share over 4 dreams where God showed me how to defeat evil spirits.
"In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;" Ephesians 6:16
10. Don’t Quit
Get back up and fight. Don’t focus on the negatives and what has gone wrong. Rebuke the spirit that makes you feel that everything is hopeless. “…and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance…” Ephesians 6:17-18
11. Grow Spiritual Muscles
God wants to strengthen our ability to believe in what the Bible says about him during hard times! Try to avoid believing false theology and human logic. Someone once told me that I shouldn’t fully trust what I hear God saying because there is so much room to be wrong. And they said I should do what I think is right and let God stop me if I’m wrong.
There was so much wisdom in their speech, but the wiser thing to do would be seek counsel and pray for confirmations to see if what I heard was from God. If it was, then I needed to stand on faith. But the key here is SEEK counsel because you don’t want to stand in faith for something that God NEVER promised. Either way, seeking God’s will makes us stronger and helps us to understand what God is saying about each situation.
"For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." James 1:3
12. Receive God’s Peace
While you wait, God wants you to have peace so please Do Not FEAR: follow these 6 Secrets to Overcome Spirit of Fear!
13. Wait on God
God is working as fast as he can, but there are more puzzle pieces that need to be put in place for you to see the full picture of why things felt so slow. Read the 6 reasons waiting prepares you for greatness and/or holiness! “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
14. Rest in God
When you grow tired of waiting God will renew your strength. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28
While you wait you should pray, read, and do not fear. Learn to live in God’s peace. Remember, you are doing all of this to love God and trust him more… You are not working hard to get him to do what you what.
And when you’ve done everything you can to have strong faith mimic Paul: “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.” Ephesians 6:13
At the end of your journey, you will develop unwavering faith: "Then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming." Ephesians 4:14
6 Benefits of Standing Firm in the Lord
- You gain spiritual muscles: staying faithful to God in hard times trains you to have strong faith in the most intense spiritual battles.
- You are purified: during the wait, God cleans you up and helps you to leave old patterns behind.
- You grow closer to God: God will teach you how to trust and have faith in him during the storms of life.
- You learn self-control: remaining righteous during temptations and trials will help you have self-control and the strength to refuse to surrender to the enemies’ traps.
- Spiritual maturity: you gain the maturity necessary to lead new believers into the wisdom and truth of the Gospel.
- You earn the Victor’s Crown: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 Yes, God already loves you… But, a believer that can stand firm is a beauty in the eye of the Lord. That means the believer truly loves God.
Abraham’s Bible Story of Standing Firm in Faith
God told Abraham that he would produce a son in his older age with his barren wife Sarah. God still gives such clear direction if you seek it. If you have not experienced such clear direction from God individually, just know that He gives very CLEAR promises and blessings to EVERYONE in the Bible.
Abraham was counted righteous because He mastered the importance of standing firm in his beliefs.
Remember, Abraham: "did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification." Romans 4:19-25
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You don’t have to do anything to EARN God’s love or for him to answer your prayer. Just sit tight, keep reading and training your mind to know that God loves you and wants to work everything out for his good. However, sometimes His plans seem slow which can cause us to see God as unkind and unloving to the human mind. But wait for it, he is the masterpiece builder. He puts EVERYTHING together and desires to save every soul.
What kind of prayers does God answer? God answers prayers that are according to his will, requested by the righteous, and demonstrates his love and power. Don’t focus on what you want, focus on learning what God wants in your difficult situation. You can understand what prayers God answers by reading: 5 Secrets for Powerful Prayers That Get Answered!