September 2, 2009

Stand Your Ground

Written by Boyd Bailey

Stand Your Ground… “The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1

Boldness comes from being with Christ. He empowers the righteous to do the right things the right way. It is out of your intimacy with the Almighty that you are empowered to engage the enemy and endure hardships. Indeed, the fruit of great challenges is great rewards. So stand your ground for God and do not give in to fear and doubt. If you rely on yourself you will fail, but if you rely on the Lord you will succeed.

Self-reliance crumbles when circumstances become grim. People without God as their guide run away in fear, but the righteous take heart and hold on to heaven’s inheritance. They are bold and remain strong because they see their Savior Jesus as the initiator and completer of the cause. However, as you remain poised in prayer to God, take the time to grow your leadership and give to others the resources they need to succeed.

Followers need a leader who is not caught up in self-preservation, but captivated by Christ. A bold leader is not preoccupied with an exit strategy. Rather, he or she is focused on how to process problems with creative solutions. A culture of confidence takes root when everyone is committed to thriving in excellence, not just surviving in mediocrity. Fear sees failure behind every challenge, but faith sees opportunity rise out of anguish.

Therefore, stand your ground with God. The enemy has no authority over you, especially your emotions. His is a phantom pursuit. Stay rooted in righteous acts with a hopeful attitude and Almighty God will bless your efforts. You are bold when you have been with Jesus. “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Is my security in myself or in my Savior Jesus Christ?

Related Readings: 2 Kings 7:6-7; Psalm 53:5; Acts 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 2:2

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