Firm and Fixed in Turbulent Times

Set, rooted, grounded, ready …

 

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The Word of God makes it clear that when everything around us is being shaken we ourselves can remain stable and fixed in Christ.  For example, in Psalm 91:1 we read:  “He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty Whose power no foe can withstand.”, the “secret place” being “the place of absolute faith against sight, reason, and feelings” (Pastor Carl H.Stevens).  We find in Psalm 41:12 the promise that He has set us in His Presence forever.  The Apostle Paul prays in Ephesians 3:17 that the saints in Ephesus would be rooted and grounded in God’s Love.  He prays  for the believers in Colossae that they would “have the roots of their being firmly and deeply planted in Him, fixed and founded in Him, being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith…” (Col.2:7).  Then he himself declares (and so can we!) that “I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me …” (Philippians 4:13).  All of these qualities taken together result in our being able to go into all the world, preach the Gospel, and make disciples of all the nations (Matthew 28:19).  Here are some words that really encourage us that we can indeed be set, ready, then GO …

 

Firm, secure, sure, steadfast, unwavering, fixed …

 

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Paul, Peter, and the writer of Hebrews use some very vivid adjectives and nouns in the Greek to describe  Christians who can remain stable in perilous times.  The word “bebaios” means “firm, secure”, and, interestingly, is related to “baino”, which means “to go”.  Paul uses it in II Cor.1:7 – “our confidence is unwavering, assured, unshaken”;  and the writer of Hebrews makes use of it in Hebrews 6:19 – “We have this hope as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip or breakdown under whoever steps out upon it … .”                                                                       Another word Paul used in his epistles is “hedraios”, which means “seated” or “moral fixedness”.  We see it in I Cor. 15:58 –  ” … be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord …” – commands given in light of verse 57:  “Thanks be unto God, Who gives us the victory, making us more than conquerors through the Lord Jesus Christ.”                                                                                                                Peter used still another Greek adjective, “stereos”,  in I Peter 5:9 – “Withstand the devil;  be firm in faith [against his onset – rooted, established strong, immovable, and determined …”  The noun form of this word, “stereoma”, denotes a foundation, a support, strength, steadfastness.  Paul used it in Colossians 2:5 where he expressed his delight in seeing the believers there “standing shoulder to shoulder in  orderly array” and in beholding “the firmness and solid front and steadfastness of their faith in Christ …”.                                                             One final word, in II Peter 3:17:   “sterigmos”,  “a setting firmly, fixedness, steadfastness:  “Be on your guard, lest you be carried away by the error of lawless and wicked persons and fall from your own present firm condition [your own steadfastness of mind].”  So how can we live and walk in these qualities?  The Lord Jesus Christ, as always, is our example!

 

He for the joy of obtaining the prize set before Him, endured the Cross …”

 

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Because the Lord Jesus never took His eyes off of the Father before and during the Cross, we now can look away from all that would distract from His Eternal Purpose to Him (Hebrews 12:1,2).  HE set His face like a flint, knowing His Father would help Him (Isaiah 50:7).  When He knew “the time was almost come for Him to be received up to Heaven, He steadfastly and determinedly set His face to go to Jerusalem” to obey His Father and fulfill His Eternal Purpose.  Now we, through Him, can let our eyes look right on with fixed purpose and our gaze can be straight before us (Proverbs 4:25).  The Lord Jesus Christ was never ashamed, because His gaze was always upon the One Who eternally loved and accepted Him.                                                                                                         Secondly, our minds determine our stability and steadfastness in our lives as we run our race and finish our course here on earth.  “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind … is stayed on You, because he commits himself to you … ” (Isa.26:3).  In Philippians 4:8,  Paul specifies that our minds should be occupied with whatever is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, “if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.”  When we are tempted to default to negative patterns of thinking, we remember the Cross, that all that pertains to the old creation was made nul and void there, including the natural mind, and now we have the Mind of Christ, the Finished Work, and inexhaustible Grace to help us think with Him and hold fast to the Head.   Thus we are able to stand firm in our faith,  stand fast in the liberty wherein we have been called, hold fast to the sure and trustworthy Word of God, and hold fast our confession of faith in our great High Priest and the hope that we cherish. We can also be persevere in the Grace of God and make steadfast our calling and election.  Consequently,  we can echo the declaration of  David in Psalm 62:2, 6, that because ‘the Lord is my Rock, my Salvation, my Refuge, my Strength, my Fortress, I shall not be moved!’

 

We do not have to be as those in Psalm 78 who turned back in the day of battle.

 

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We have all that is needed to remain firm and fixed in these turbulent times.  We do not have to be as the Israelites in Psalm 78 who “turned back in the day of battle” (v.9), because they forgot the Covenant of God with them and His wonders which He had shown them in Egypt and the wilderness (v.11). We, by His Grace through faith,  do not have to forget the Finished Work and all the works our faithful God has done on our behalf.   Furthermore, that generation of Israelites  (1) refused to walk according to His law (v.10);   they (2) set not their hearts aright, nor (3) prepared their hearts to know God, and (4) their spirits weren’t steadfast and faithful to God.” (v.5-8)  But we do not have to be as was that generation.  By the Grace of God let us hold fast to what we have till He comes,  remaining steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord!

 

 

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