Message summary: Let us renew our resolve to hold on and remain steadfast.
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“Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life” (Proverbs 4:13). “Test everything. Hold on to the good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown” (Revelation 3:11).
Many issues drain us of spiritual vitality; troublesome personal matters, the state of our nation and world, moral decline, fears etc. We see this in the course of our work as chaplains. People can grow weary and the attacks can shake our faith.
But we must press on daily in our walk with the Lord and we must hold on to His truths if we are to be victorious. Today we consider the spiritual concept of “holding on.” We often hear this expressed in the phrase, “I’m hanging in there.” In some instances it can be a very trite saying but at other times, when talking to one who is going through a very difficult trial, I am blessed to hear them repeat these words with a resolve to stay faithful especially in the midst of adversity.
Let us consider the “hold on” in our three daily verses:
1) “Hold on to instruction” We feel this is best understood as the instruction we have received based upon the Holy Scriptures from godly people who have gone before us; people we know personally (2 Timothy 3:10) where we are able to witness the outcome of their way of life (Hebrews 13:7). We hear this expressed in the New Testament by the apostle Paul: “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them” (2 Timothy 3:14a).
2) “Hold on to the good” We respond to this command today with a resounding AMEN, as evil increasingly abounds and permeates our world. We find out what is good by learning the Scriptures. The Lord spoke through Jeremiah 6:16: “This is what the LORD says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls’.” Romans 12:9 puts it so succinctly, “Hate what is evil; cling to what is good”.
3) “Hold on to what you have” We believe this is foundationally a call to hold on to our faith in God. This is a command from Christ to the church in PhiladelphiaΦιλαδέλφεια, “the city of him who loves his brother” (ancient Philadelphia of course). This is an actual city in present day Turkey presently named Alasehir (see here for map). At the time of John’s writing the church had remained faithful to the Lord during a time of persecution, receiving this wonderful commendation from the Lord, “I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept My word and have not denied My Name”. He goes on to state, concerning these ancient Christians, “You have kept My command to endure patiently” (Revelation 3:10).
Let us hold on and remain steadfast as we maintain and indeed grow in our faith in God! God is strategically planning a future date when conflict will be vanquished, righteousness will prevail, and the everlasting crown will be awarded to those who patiently hold on to their faithfulness to God.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber