November 29 Devotional

There is a great deal of pressure on every Christian today to compromise and to “bend” a little when it comes to areas of what we believe.  Have you ever noticed that those who oppose Christianity are not asked to “bend” or to compromise what they believe?  We are given a strong admonition from the Word of God to hold on!  As a matter of fact, this challenge was originally given by the Apostle Paul to the younger preacher, Timothy as Paul was nearing the end of his life here on earth.  He said these strong words to Timothy then and to us now: “… I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.  Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which abideth in us” (II Timothy 1:12-14).

 

There is a great sense of power and triumph in these words Paul spoke to Timothy.  He wrote the words from a prison in Rome.  That prison would be the last home for Paul on this earth.  Despite his imprisonment, and the pressures of his life, he still penned these powerful words of victory.  It all stemmed from what he stated in verse twelve.  He had a firm knowledge of the Person he has entrusted his eternal destiny to.  He was not wavering at all about Jesus’ ability to keep him saved.  He did not doubt the incredible saving power of the risen Savior.  Remember, he had met Jesus on a road to Damascus (as Saul of Tarsus), and he knew the reality of the risen Savior.  He was confident that God could take care of anything he was facing here on this earth.  Do you have that confidence today?  Jesus is just as alive and powerful today as he was when Saul met Him on that road to Damascus.  Trust Him completely today.  Hold on to Him!

 

Hold on to “sound words.”  Don’t let someone who is slick convince you that what you have learned from your own study of the Word of God is not true.  Read your Bible.  Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into the truth of it, and then stand strongly on what He teaches you.  Don’t allow the cares of this world to push you off what you know the Bible teaches and says today.  The Holy Spirit lives within you!  He is far superior to the Devil that opposes you from the outside.  Don’t enter the battle alone.  Walk in the Spirit … trust the Word of God … don’t lean on your understanding, but fully depend on the Word of God.  You and I will see the victory that Paul had there in that prison in Rome; if we will completely sell out to the God he served!  Hold on today!  Don’t lose your focus!  Praise God He is real!