Dr. Tonya Lewis: 3 Good Reasons to Hold On to the Lord

It is easy for us to become tired and overwhelmed by the amount of energy required of us to hold on and not let go of something. ‘To hold on’ indicates that there is also the potential for us to loosen or release our grip; however, what is at stake also determines the intensity of our grip. The very idea of gripping and holding on to something means that we believe it is beneficial to do so and that determination must be the mindset of our spiritual walk with Christ here on earth. It qualifies us to experience the glory of all eternity with Him.

Our desperate desire to be rescued from hurts, pain, the horrible results of sin, and our attempts to live life apart God’s leadership influences us to accept Jesus’ invitation to come unto Him. After accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, however, we find that our lives still do have painful and disappointing experiences as we journey through them. The difference is that we now have the joy of knowing that the Great Lord God and His host of angels are with us to escort us through those challenges.

 

Hold On: Don’t Let Go of the Lord

As you can imagine, Satan is not – and never will be – accepting of our decision to live a Christian life. Thus, his efforts to discourage us and have us walk away from the Lord will continue, no matter how we age in years, or how long we are Christians. This is why each of us is warned in 1 Pet. 5:8(NLT) –

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

“No safe age or stage in life” is implied in this verse, which means that each of us must heed its warning AT ALL TIMES. We cannot become spiritually lazy and stop being alert just because we have walked with the Lord for many years.

What’s more, we must be on guard:

  • To protect our invested years of serving the Lord
  • To go on to enjoy the fruits of our labor
  • To be a positive influence on others by staying true to what we know

 

6 Ways to Hold On to Faith in Jesus

Because of the ongoing, whispering effort of the enemy to convince us to release our grip on our faith, we must have a constant reminder to hold on and don’t let go – no matter our difficult and disappointing experiences in life. We are told in Amos 6:1-

Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, (NLT), Woe to those secure in Zion, (YLT).

Any predator’s strategy is to seek those persons who are not watchful and alert, for they are the easy prey. Each of us must guard ourselves, making ourselves difficult prey for Satan, and embracing the command of Hebrews 4:14 (AMP) –

…let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior].

Regardless of the philosophies of society, we must determine that nothing or no one will incite us to loosen or release our grip of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Because of the present joy of serving Jesus here on earth, and because of His blessed promise to us to enjoy the fullness of that joy throughout all eternity, we must enthusiastically hold on and don’t let go of our faith by:

  1. Staying true to our beliefs and experiences in the goodness of Jesus
  2. Rising above ANYTHING OR ANYONE who could discourage us
  3. Guarding our hearts against anything or anyone who could negatively influence it
  4. Keeping our eyes on Jesus and not on man or woman, no matter how “influential” they are in our lives
  5. Knowing that, as strongly persuaded as we were when we first gripped the faith of belief in Jesus, it is what we need today, tomorrow and as long as we live on this earth
  6. Renewing our grip on our Great God on a regular basis through praising and worshiping Him, meditating on His Word, and developing an even greater intimate relationship with Him

Remember: one moment in the presence of God will outshine all of the combined moments of temptation to release our grip on our faith; therefore, hold on! Don’t let go!

God bless you and yours!

Hear “Hold On” by The Whitfield Company below:


REVIVAL AT WEST ANGELES – The Evangelists Missionaries and The Brotherhood are joining forces to present a church-wide Revival, October 24-28, 2016,  at the West Angeles North Campus. The theme this year is: “Speak To Your Mountain”!  Speakers include: Elder Charles Blake, Evangelist Francine Gray, Elder Lawrence Blake, Dr. Tonya Lewis, Elder Dennis Bullock, Evangelist Velena White, Elder Ulesses Henderson, Evangelist Marva Hightower, and Dr. Judith McAlister.

Come out each night for prayer, praise, worship and a powerful move of God as we speak to our mountains!!!!

 

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