In the message “Stand On Solid Ground” we compared Salvation through faith in Jesus to the words of praise written by David: “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand” (Psalm 40:2). We saw how God gives us an eternal hope by lifting us up, washing us clean, and setting our feet upon a new and solid path. But what should we do now that our feet have been set?
When we are in the slimy and muddy pit we are vulnerable to attack; it’s difficult to move and we easily lose our balance. We tend to live in fear, not knowing who to trust or which way to turn. But as Christ lifts us up, we become “a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Life on solid ground should not be the same as life in the pit! That’s worth repeating – Life should NOT be the same!!
As the Spirit of God transforms us, He also provides everything we need to accomplish God’s work and live a victorious life; “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Knowing that our Heavenly Father has created us anew and gifted us with ALL we ever need, we must now be resolved to stand firm.
1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
We must make every effort to firmly stand; and yet, we must realize we cannot stand in our own strength. The ground is solid only because of Christ. He IS the rock upon which we have been set – the Rock of our Salvation. Whenever we feel unworthy or unable to follow – whenever we feel we can no longer stand – we have surely begun to look to our own strength rather than God; “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:21). He alone gives us the strength.
We have trusted Him to lift us out of the pit, and now that we are His child, we must continue to trust Him to strengthen us and be the stable Rock of our life. “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!” (Romans 5:10).
The solid Rock is no place to tremble, no place to fear. He will remain solid for all eternity, and as we stand on Him, He will accomplish through us what we are unable to do in our own strength. He is our new life, our strength, our identity, and all our self-worth. He is our comfort when we grieve and He is our guiding light when we have lost our way. Let’s honor our Heavenly Father as we continue to stand. Let’s bring Him glory as we resolve to stand firm on the Rock!
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
**** Reading Plan ****
Nov 30 Daniel 7:1-28; 1 John 1:1-10; Psalm 119:156-176; Proverbs 28:23-24