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.
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.
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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