My friends, a while ago, I was sent a link to an article of a young Christian girl who was abducted with other girls who were later released because they were of a different faith. However, this young Christian girl was not released by her captors because she refused to denounce her faith in Christ. What a powerful testimony!
Reading stories like this presents us with a challenge and an opportunity to re-evaluate where we stand “In Christ” and where there is a gap, begin the process of bridging that gap in the place repentance, prayer and study of God’s word.
The word of God reminds us in Hebrews 11:1 that “faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. As Christ followers, we have the hope and assurance of eternity with Christ.
For us to live a life of faith that defies opposition, we must:
- Be on our guard – Against the worldly distractions that Satan brings on our path to distract and lure us from finishing the Christian race.
- Stand firm – Like this young Christian girl, we must resolve to stand firm by preparing our spiritual minds for trials of faith through the study of God’s word and when the time comes, God will give us the strength to keep standing.
- Be courageous – This means we do not return to our old ways – hence rejecting Christ. This type of courage can only come when we have trust and confidence that God will sustain us no matter what.
Christ follower, a faith that defies opposition requires spending time with Jesus – start today by carving out a minimum of 15 minutes a day to read your Bible. If you are currently not a Christ follower, come and equip yourself for a life In Christ.
All glory to God!
About The Author:
Agnes is a leader with proven business acumen in a variety of industries. She holds an executive MBA from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and is also a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). She is the author of Transforming Business with Godly Governance: Nine Characteristics for Workplace Success; God Cares for Me in Every Season: Godly Insights for Singleness, Marriage and Divorce; The Provisions of God: Insights from a Cat Named Mascot, and Weekly Insights for the Workplace: A Devotional for Christian Professionals
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.