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STAND FIRM

As we come to the end of another year and even another decade, once again we find ourselves in a world filled with problems, doubts, worries, and fears.  We sing “Joy to the World”, but there is not as much joy as we would like.  Too many unhappy people walk our streets and live in our communities.  I just heard on the news this morning, “Anxiety is at an all time high in America with some 40 million people suffering with it’s affects.”  People today aren’t as cheerful as they ought to be.  If we were to ask a half dozen people or so “Why aren’t you more cheerful?”, the answers we get are liable to be some form of:

 “Bah, humbug!”

“You don’t know what I’m going through.”

“How can I be cheerful when my marriage is falling apart?”

“I’ve got cancer.  How can I rejoice?”

“My kids drive me nuts.”

“If I had more money, I’d be happy.”

“God seems so far away.”

 

You get the idea.  Those answers offer a revealing peek inside what people are thinking and feeling…And they lead us to an important insight:  What we do depends on what we believe.  Whatever is on the inside will show up on the outside eventually.  People who are perpetually miserable generally have made a series of choices that led them to that sad condition.  You’re not what you think you are, but what you think, you are (borrowed).  “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”  (Proverbs 23:7 KJV)

 

We can change our way of thinking and God’s word is the best way to do so.  Here are a few scriptures I find helpful:

                        Galatians 5:1  “Stand firm…and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

                        Ephesians 6:11  “Take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

                        Ephesians 6:14  “Stand firm…with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.”

                        2 Thessalonians 2:15  “Stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you.”

 

Stand firm! This is where a happy new year begins.  Husbands, stand firm…wives, stand firm! Parents, stand firm…children, stand firm…students, stand firm!  Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, if you name the name of Jesus, in 2020 if

you don’t do anything else, do this:  Stand Firm!

 

May God Bless You in 2020! 

Pastor Pam

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.