13 Jul Holding Fast To Good.
Sometimes thinking about all the craziness going on in the world we live in right now can make even the happiest person depressed. Especially one who looks away from the word to the world. I was in a discussion with some family members (Church family) and so many issues came up.
Random killings, terrorist attacks, kidnaps, robberies, sexual immoralities, divorces, Christians falling out of the faith…
The evil being exposed is so deep, intense and scary. Things that were formally unheard of are now being talked about with so much levity and casualness that boggles the mind and makes one wonder where exactly the world would be in few couple of years.
What’s a Christian to do?
Thinking about these things as I read my Bible this morning, the following verse of scripture jumped at me.
…hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good. Romans 12:9 AMP
To hold fast means to hold securely unto something, to stay firmly attached to something. The verse we just read says that we should hold fast to that which is good. Goodness for a believer is not as defined by the world and its standards but according to the Bible’s teachings of what is good.
There is a very strong pull from the world on believers. We either stand our ground on the tenets of our faith or succumb to the pressures of the world. We can choose to blend in or stand out, stand strong and hold firm to our salvation.
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. Romans 12:2 AMP
We are under command to hate evil.
…hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness]…
We must allow God’s Spirit and word to build in us a strong hatred for evil, when this happens in us then we can effectively hold fast to that which is good. We must maintain a very strong bible study and prayer life in order to help us discern what God accepts and what He detests. We must never even consider entertaining any suggestions of the enemy or the world.
We must take strong stands against evil in our neighbourhoods, work places, amongst friends.
We do not have to resort to war or violence to take our stand, but take our stand we must. Click To Tweet
Stand on the rock not on sand.
So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great and complete was the fall of it. Matthew 7:24-27 AMP
Holding fast requires a strong commitment to obeying God’s word. We cannot afford to go with the flow of the world if we do not want to end up like the world. Obedience, compliance, and devotion to God’s word is non-negotiable for any believer who will not be swept off by the tides.
Only a life lived in total obedience to God’s word can stand these very shaky times we live in. Click To Tweet
Let us all hold fast to good and loathe every ungodliness!
- Are you aware of the times we live in?
- How are you holding up right now?
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BethPosted at 19:13h, 16 July
This is absolutely true, Ugochi! And I am grieved as well by the way our world is running headlong toward corruption and all that makes them feel good–regardless of what God’s word says. But I also want to recognize the unbeliever’s blindness and win them with the compassion of Christ. That’s a tough balance to strike–both one of Truth (God’s Word) and one of God’s Grace. I suppose that’s why we need to immerse ourselves all the more in God’s word like you’ve said, my friend. We have a tension to keep that is only struck by our Lord’s guidance and enablement. Thanks for your challenge to all of us! I’m with you in this fight!
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 10:55h, 17 July
It is a tough balance indeed Beth, but we are called to reconcile others to God as we share His love.
Many thanks for coming by, do have a super blessed day!
chigurlPosted at 16:56h, 16 July
wow, the times we live in indeed can be scary and depressing.
i will hold fast to good!
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 17:09h, 16 July
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Cheryl SmithPosted at 05:44h, 15 July
Oh, dear friend! Your words are so edifying! I needed this encouragement so much. As we try our utmost to follow Jesus in these last days, it can be very discouraging. It is so good to know that even now God has a remnant who are standing form and holding on to the old paths of His Word. No wonder Jesus said that he that endures to the end, the same shall be saved, and no wonder He asked if He would find faith when He returns. I appreciate you and your blog so very much…I know I can always find truth here. What a comfort! Much love to you and your sweet family. 🙂
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 16:33h, 16 July
Thanks Cheryl! Thank God He didn’t leave us helpless in these times.
My love to you and yours too.
Have a super blessed day!
Anna PopescuPosted at 20:08h, 14 July
Hi Ugochi! This is a great post and I’m going to share it on my blog tomorrow. I’ll put only a short portion in my blog and link it back to here for my followers to read the rest. Blessings on your Tuesday!
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 16:34h, 16 July
Many thanks Anna! I am grateful for such love.
Have a super blessed day!