Recently, as I was praying about a physical problem I was having, I found myself saying that I would not bow down to it. I have back problems and my physical body wanted to be bowed down instead of standing straight up and I knew I had to fight a physical and spiritual battle. I had to stand inwardly against the things that were trying to make me bow to doubt and lack of faith.
Immediately, the Holy Spirit began to speak to me about the significance of standing up, taking a stand, or standing firm in your faith along with these 7 Powerful Ways to Stand Firm in Your Faith.
There are many times in life where we must stand firm in our faith. It really doesn’t relate to physically taking a stand but it can. In war, people stand and fight, refusing to back down or bow down to the force opposing them. It is important that they take a firm stand if they want to win. They stand to show strength and determination.
We have many battles in life in which we must stand firm in our faith, in what we believe. We do this as a nation when events like 911 take place. We do it as groups for a cause we believe in. We do it as individuals for many reasons – faith, preferences, strongly held ideals, way of life, and more.
What Does It Mean to Stand Firm?
To stand firm means that you aren’t moving from your position or belief. But how do we, as Christians, stand firm in our faith? There are certain tenets of Christianity which are settled. Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus died for our sins. We can have eternal life by accepting Christ as our only Savior and Lord and living for Him. God loves us.
If you are challenged on any of those points, you must stand firm. Standing firm doesn’t mean that you have scream at someone or physically accost them. It means that you are firmly planted on the Rock – Jesus – and you are not moving away from what you believe. You don’t have to justify what you believe or argue about. You just need to stand and stand firm.
Standing firm in regard to faith means not being double-minded in what you believe. To stand firm is a mental and spiritual decision and an inner attitude. Though others may laugh at the idea of Jesus being the Son of God, you do not. You stand firm in your faith in Him.
What Does The Bible Say About Standing Firm in Your Faith?
Ephesians 6:10-18 ESV, Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 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, making supplication for all the saints,
These verses in Ephesians express perfectly what it means to take a stand or to stand firm. Having done all, stand firm. We have the armor of God available to us to help us stand firm but we must first make a decision to be immovable in our faith. Then we put on the armor, remembering that we are not fighting flesh and blood.
1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV, says this, Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
To stand firm is to be steadfast and immovable.
What Can Cause Us Not to Stand Firm?
Fear, lies, pain, doubt, pressure, obstacles, and trials may cause us not to stand firm in our faith. Those things can cause us to bow to them. We pray for healing but it doesn’t seem to come and we begin to doubt, allowing the sickness to turn our eyes away from Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Pain can do the same. I was in terrible pain throughout my back and legs when I began to tell God that I would not bow to this. I have prayed for healing as well but still have pain. However, I am not allowing that to cause me to change or give up on my faith in God and His promises. I will not bow down to pain. I will stand against it and any storm that comes to shake me off my position standing on the rock.
When we encounter things that test our faith, we find out how firmly we are standing. We also see the weak areas in our own lives. We see them so that we can fortify ourselves in those areas with God’s help.
How Can You Stand Firm Through the Storms?
There is a story in the Bible in Daniel 3 about three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. King Nebuchadnezzer had issued a decree that everyone must bow to the golden idol he had erected. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to do so and they were brought before the King. He threatened to throw them into a furnace of fire if they would not bow down and worship this idol saying, “And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” Here is their response;
Daniel 3:16-18 ESV, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
These men took a stand, one that could have cost them their lives. But notice that they would not bow down even if God did NOT deliver them from the furnace. They took a stand and could not be shaken from it no matter what it cost them. God did deliver them and the fire didn’t even touch them. Nebuchadnezzar saw the power of the God who delivered them.
It can be very hard to take a stand, especially when people you love might be opposing you in your faith and beliefs. The world definitely opposes most of what Christians stand for. However, you can still stand. Not in anger or pride. We stand humbly but – we stand and we don’t back down.
7 Ways to Stand Firm in Your Faith
So how can you stand firm in the midst of storms, opposition, and the threats of loss? The Word tells us how.
1. Decide To Stand Firm
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego made a decision. They knew what they believed and had determined not to compromise their faith in God. Look at 1 Corinthians 15:58 again, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
Steadfast means fixed in direction; steadily directed; firm in purpose, resolution, faith; unwavering; firmly fixed in place or position. One can only be steadfast because they made a decision. Either you believe in God or you don’t. If you make a decision to believe and to follow Jesus, you can stand firm.
Then, as each trial or storm comes along, you make more decisions. Perhaps you are being challenged by physical problems and you don’t understand why you aren’t healed. For me, I made a decision similar to that of the three men. I pray to be healed, but, if not, I will love and follow my God anyway because I believe that He holds me in His hand and guides my steps. Nothing, not even pain, can change that.
Decide what you believe and then stand in and on it.
2. Make a Choice To “Be”
To ‘be’ indicates action – be steadfast in the Lord. Be means to exist or live; to take place, happen, occur; and, to occupy a place or position. Be steadfast and immovable. Take up that place or position in Christ and don’t move. You are not at the mercy of fear, doubt, pain or any other trial. Yes, it may effect you and your life, but not your faith. There may be pain and sorrow but you must make the choice to continue to be. Be found standing firmly in your faith.
3. Know Where You Are Standing
Philippians 4:1 ESV, Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
You are not standing all alone. You are standing in Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:8 ESV, So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
You are holding on to the precepts (traditions) God has taught you. Since He is immovable and unchanging and you are holding on to Him, you can stand firm.
Philippians 1:27 ESV, Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
You are standing firm in the Holy Spirit as well, and with other believers. Again, you are not alone and you are actively striving for the faith of the gospel.
4. Know Why You Are Standing Firm
Galatians 5:1 ESV, For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
We stand firm because we have been set free from sin and death not allowing anything to sway us and take us back into slavery.
James 1:2-4 ESV, Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Being steadfast, firmly fixed in place, through through trials has an effect – you will be perfect, complete and lacking nothing! What better reason could you have to stand firm?
5. Stand Firm To Have Victory
1 Peter 5:8-12 NKJV, Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brethren in the world. But may the God of grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying, that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.
1 Corinthians 16:13 NKJV, Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
We have victory over the devil by being steadfast in the faith and that victory is evidenced by the true grace in which we stand. We must watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, and be strong. Not in ourselves or our own ability. We stand in and on Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit. It is their strength which gives us the victory and is why we stand firm.
6. Know What You Are Standing On
Hebrews 10:23 TPT, So now we must cling tightly to the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps his promises!
We are standing on the promises of God and He always keeps His promises. We have a sure foundation.
Psalm 18:2 The Voice, The Eternal is my rock, my fortress, and my salvation; He is my True God, the stronghold in which I hide, my strong shield, the horn that calls forth help, and my tall-walled tower.
We stand on the rock. He is a fortress, stronghold, strong shield, horn that calls for help and a tall-walled tower. This is where you stand and you can stand firm because of who and what God is.
7. Stand Firm With Gratitude
Colossians 2:6-7 The Voice, Now that you have welcomed the Anointed One, Jesus the Lord, into your lives, continue to journey with Him and allow Him to shape your lives. Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness.
Psalm 28:7 TPT, You are my strength and my shield from every danger. When I fully trust in you, help is on the way.
I jump for joy and burst forth with ecstatic, passionate praise! I will sing songs of what you mean to me!
Gratitude and thanksgiving will build you and give you strength because your eyes will be set firmly on your Savior and all He has done for you. You will be strong in your faith because thankfulness and gratitude are faith-builders. When we fully trust in God, we will stand firm in our faith and thanksgiving will pour out.
You Can Stand Firm in Your Faith
We can all do it. Even through the hardest trials, we can stand firm in our faith. We do it by making a decision regarding what we believe and then standing firm upon it. We make a choice to be all that God has created us to be.We know where we are standing and why we are standing firm, embracing our victory and knowing what we stand on. We can truly be firm, immovable, steadfast, strong and courageous in our faith. We can defeat the enemy.
Having done all, you can stand firm in your faith!
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