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 a life under God’s leadership influence 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.
3 Reasons to Hold On to 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.
This verse implies that there is “no safe age or stage in life”, 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 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 of the enemy which tries 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 can persuade 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:
- Staying true to our beliefs and experiences in the goodness of Jesus.
- Rising above anything or anyone who could discourage us.
- Guarding our hearts against anything or anyone who could negatively influence it.
- Keeping our eyes on Jesus and not on man or woman, no matter how “influential” they are in our lives.
- 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.
- 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.
Dr. Tonya Lewis has been a member of West Angeles Church of God In Christ for over 40 years. She serves on-staff as the Executive Director of Bereavement Ministries. She holds both Honorary Doctorate and Earned Doctorate degrees. Dr. Lewis has been teaching the Overcomer’s Bible Fellowship for over 34 years at West Angeles, along with other teaching venues.
OVERCOMER’S BIBLE FELLOWSHIP – You are invited to join the Overcomer’s Bible Fellowship, facilitated by Dr. Tonya Lewis. This fellowship can teach you how to overcome any and everything that’s contrary to God’s Word, thus developing you into strong, spiritual, Kingdom citizens. Join us each Sunday morning, 8-10 a.m., or Sunday evening 5:30-6:40 p.m. in the North Campus Sanctuary.
For more information on the Overcomers Bible Fellowship, please contact Dr. Tonya Lewis, 323-733-8300 ext. 2242.
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