225. Standing Firm

“I really like the Book of Proverbs,” Stan said one morning.

“Read it often?” I asked.

“There are 31 chapters in the Book of Proverbs,” Stan replied, “and for years I would read one chapter a day so that I would make it through the book each month.”

“Still do that?” I asked.

“No,” Stan replied.  “Following my own advice, I have decided to go through it more slowly, a verse at a time.”  [Note to reader:  See Posting Number 18, “What’s the Hurry?”]

Continuing, he said, “There is so much richness that I missed when I was reading a whole chapter each day.”

“For example,” he continued, “I would like to talk this morning about one verse we could focus on for the rest of our time on this side of eternity.”

He then added, “There could be volumes written on this one verse, but for now we will just touch the basic thrust.”

“I’m listening,” I replied.  “Let’s have it!”

“It has to do with giving way to the wicked and how that can destroy what God wants to do in and through His people.”

“Giving way to the wicked,”  I responded.  “Big subject!”

“It is,” Stan responded.  “And it’s the same thing we have talked about many times of how, because of the acceptance of Christ’s finished work on the cross, a Christian’s eternal destination won’t be altered, but that his or her effectiveness for God on this side of eternity can be destroyed to the delight of the world, the flesh, and the devil.”

“Serious stuff,” I responded.

“You’ve got that right, my friend,” Stan replied.  “And that is why it is so essential that each day I choose to stand firm in not giving way to the wicked.”

“Another way of looking at it,” I said, “could be a question of whose ‘Well done!’ do I want to hear, God’s or Satan’s.”

“Amen to that,” Stan replied.

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Like a trampled spring and a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.  Proverbs 25:26.

Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  James 4:7.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want me to stand firm with and for you.  You know all of my weaknesses and how easy it is for me to want to give way to the wickedness that fills this world.  I ask you to forgive me for all of the times I have given in; and I ask you for all of the help you can provide to help me choose to stand firm in resisting Satan and in not giving in to the wickedness of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Thank you that I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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