Daily Devotional


Will You Stand Firm?

by Simon Whitton

4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
5 We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.
6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.

Psalm 20:4-8 (NIV)

When I first became a Christian, it was all I could do to even believe in God.  I had been an atheist, and worse had been involved in the occult.  I wasn't sure that I really was a Christian, I certainly didn't feel like one.  But I was determined to succeed in my new faith, so everyday whenever thoughts of unbelief surfaced, I firmly declared, 'I may not feel like a Christian, I may not act like one, I don't even think I am a Christian but the word of God says I am, so I am!'

During those three weeks I saw a vision, call it a picture in my mind's eye if you like.  In this vision I was standing on a low hill with a banner in my hand. I was in the midst of a battle being assaulted with doubt and questions, but it was the Lord's banner that I held and I gripped tightly to the pole, and by faith I stubbornly refused to be moved.

because it is by faith you stand firm.
2 Corinthians 1:24b NIV

I understood, thanks to a friend, that the word of God was a greater truth than my feelings and even my thoughts.  It didn't matter what I felt, or what I thought, if it disagreed with God's word, then I was wrong and God's word was truth.  After three weeks of having to stand firm in that ongoing battle I suddenly knew that I was a Christian and have never doubted it in the decades since.

Where are the doubts and the questions in your life?  Where are you tempted to lean on your own thoughts and feelings on a matter, rather than leaning on the solid rock of God's promises and assurance?

Speak to God right now and thank Him that His truth brings victory.  Ask Him to complete the work that He started, as you get a hold of His banner and take the ground the Lord has given you.  Then 'rise up and stand firm'.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.

Psalm 20:7-8 (NIV)


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