So then, dear family, stand firm with a masterful grip of the teachings we gave you, either by word of mouth or by our letter. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 TPT
Backsliding also known as falling away or committing apostasy, is a term used to describe a process by which an individual who has converted to Christianity reverts to pre-conversion habits and/or lapses or falls into sin, when a person who has been near Jesus, moves/turns away from Him to pursue personal desires. Our text reveals how to avoid backsliding.
Beloved, departure from a good confession of faith and from the ethical standards prescribed for God’s people in the Scriptures, isn’t a commendable thing. ‘Stand firm’ implies that there’s a powerful enemy force that fights against your standing, is always attempting to push you back and break down your rank. Not backsliding means your succeeding at all cost and all times, in standing strong and firm, against falling back or breaking rank. Registering such success is only possible through having a masterful grip of the teachings of the Lord. The temptation to fall away and backslide usually begins with our hearts and eyes. Therefore, getting a firm grip on your heart and your eyes and turning them to the Lord are non-negotiable to not backsliding [Psalm 119:36 –37a]. Secondly, taking delight in the Word guarantees being led in the path that pleases God and holding firmly to the truth of the gospel [vv. 2,3]. Thirdly, stand firm together as a strong family and community —God never intended you to fight your battles alone. He called you to be a part of a strong, healthy, vibrant, growing family of His people. Together you can stand firm, not only resisting backsliding, but moving forward [Hebrews 10:25; Jeremiah 30:20]. Standing firm must be till the end, else there’ll be no victory [Matthew 24:13].
Grace upon grace!
PRAYER: Ever-living Father, thank You that I am loved by You and that one day, I will share in the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. Help me to find delight in Your words, turn my heart away from selfish gain and my eyes from worthless things, so that I may be able to stand firm, holding onto the truth of the gospel despite opposition, so that I may not backslide but stand firm to the end, with joy and thanksgiving. Today and always, as I devote myself today to being close to You, may my love continually deepen and increase, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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