I Corinthians 16:1-24
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13-14 (NKJV)
If you want to follow Jesus, it will be required that you learn how to take a stand. You must learn how to stand up for what you believe, and stand against that which is wrong. When everything else is falling down, you must know how to keep faithfully standing.
Our walk with Jesus is not a matter of passively allowing life and circumstances to carry you where it will. Being a Christ-follower means seeking and finding God's will for your life, and then pursuing that no matter how much opposition may be thrown at you.
That requires faith and courage. The adversary comes seeking to tear apart our God-given dreams. Satan and the world conspire to turn you back from simple obedience to God. The evil one seeks to fill you with fear and insecurity so that your progress is halted.
May God open your eyes today to see the great advances that even now are at the door. As you WATCH, may you not only see Satanic opposition but, more importantly DIVINE OPPORTUNITY. May you always stand against sin, temptation, and defeat. And may God's great strength rise in you today. Amen.