Imagine you were in a long-distance relationship that has a promise of marriage. How would you behave while you waited for your spouse-to-be? I am sure you would want to keep the values of your relationship. Similarly, we who are children of God have a promise of eternal life with Jesus. Our citizenship is in heaven. Therefore, we Christians need to stand fast in the Lord. (Philippians 3:20-4:1) To stand fast in the Lord is to stand firm in God’s strength by His grace; not trusting in ourselves. Standing fast in the Lord also means to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Ephesians 6:10) Paul in Philippians chapter four shows us wonderful ways to stand fast as a child of God.
Abide in God through Studying His Word
Like a farmer waits for his precious fruit of the earth, you too need to be patient until the coming of the Lord. (James 5:7-8) The Bible in 1 John 2:28 says, “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”
Continue pursuing the knowledge of the Lord. Do not let it go. Daily live by the word of God, even when you are tempted to live otherwise. You will need to read your Bible frequently for you to know how to live by it. Make it is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. (Psalm 119:105)
Rejoice in the Lord at All Times
The Bible says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4: 4 God’s will is for you to rejoice always, to pray without ceasing, giving thanks in everything. (I Thessalonians 5:7)
You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of God who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9-10) Basically, it is your duty and privilege to rejoice in God at all times and in all conditions.
Yes, there will be times when you face rough patches because of your faith in Jesus Christ, or otherwise. During those times it will seem difficult to rejoice or give thanks, however, the Bible tells us that all things work together for good of those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) You, therefore, rejoice in the Lord despite your circumstances for a number of reasons:
- because God defends you (Psalm 5:11)
- for the gift of salvation
- because of God’s mercy and grace
- for answered prayer
- God’s protection (Psalm 91)
- for faith and hope in Jesus Christ
- for vengeance belongs to God and not you
- God’s word that shows you the way
- for God’s help
- because He makes a way where there is none (Isaiah 43:16)
- God’s provision
- for who God is—creator, holy, righteous, merciful, glory, slow to anger and quick at loving-kindness, powerful, prince of peace, the reigning king, etc.
- the Lord’s Prayer and so much more.
Every day you find yourself alive when you wake up is another opportunity to rejoice in the Lord. The psalmist says, “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Therefore, a wonderful way to stand fast as a child of God is to rejoice in the Lord always. Rejoice because God has given you a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. (Isaiah 61:3)
Live a Life of Gentleness
The Bible says, “Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.” Philippians 4:5 Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit of God. The other fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering or patience, goodness, and faith. (Galatians 5:22) Being gentle may appear to be too broad, but thankfully, we learn from the book of Roman 12:9-21 some specific things we can do to portray gentleness. Let’s look at some of them:
- Have genuine love without hypocrisy. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor, giving preference to one another.
- Serve the Lord in spirit, fervently, and with diligence.
- Rejoice in hope.
- Be patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.
- Be given to hospitality, distributing to the needs of the saints.
- Do not curse but bless those who persecute you. Repay no one evil for evil. Leave vengeance for God. Do good to your enemy to overcome evil with good.
- Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.
- Associate with the humble and live in unity.
- Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
- As much as is possible for you, live peaceably with all men.
- Avoid what is evil and cling to what is good.
Practice the above way of life by God’s grace, and your gentleness be known to all men. It is a wonderful way to stand fast as a child of God because God will take vengeance on your enemies and reward your patience.
Do Not Be Anxious for Anything
The Bible says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
I have found myself getting anxious more times than I can count in the recent past, with all that is going on in the world. Thankfully, I overcame that anxiety with God’s word. Philippians reminds us to be anxious for nothing but pray with thanksgiving. The world may appear to be going crazy but God is still in control.
God already knows what you need before you ask Him. (Mathew 6:8) therefore you pray as a sign of dependence on God. When we make our requests be known to God, He gives us His peace. That peace which passes all understanding.
Basically, even you may not understand how you can be so much at peace while things around you seem to be falling apart. If you don’t know how to begin praying, you could begin with the Lord’s prayer and then add your special requests. Talk to God just like you would talk to a dear friend.
Remember to thank God for everything he has done for you while you are praying. By faith, thank Him also for things that He is going to do.
You do not only pray to find peace but also because it is God’s will for you. I Thessalonians 5: 16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
So, the next time you find yourself getting anxious, begin praying and offering thanks to God. You will not only find peace of heart and mind but it is also a wonderful way to stand fast as a child of God.
Your troubles will not cause you to sin, or to sink under them. You will have inward satisfaction because the Bible says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
Meditate on the Right Things
The Bible also says, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8
A tree is known by its fruit. If you meditate on good things you will speak and do good things; for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Jesus says that by our words we shall be condemned and justified. (Mathew 12:33-37)
Meditating on whatever is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, has virtue, and is praiseworthy would require a lot of diligence but it is worth the effort. I encourage you to begin meditating on those today and watch how your speech and attitude change for the best.
The Bible says that out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses, and blasphemies that defile a person. (Mathew 15:19-20)
You can avoid being defiled by these evil thoughts when you meditate on whatever is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, has virtue, and is praiseworthy. Meditating on these good things is also a wonderful way to stand fast as a child of God.
Abide in God for strength to do all things
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches. If we abide in Jesus and Jesus in us, we bear much fruit. Without Jesus, we can do nothing. (John 15:5) More so, our sufficiency is from God so we should depend on him for everything (2 Corinthians 3:5-6) Letting Christ Jesus be your source of strength and ability is one of the ways to stand fast as a child of God.
Embrace the opportunity to give
There will always be opportunities to give, especially towards the work of God. In Philippians 4:17 Paul says to the Philippians, “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.” He shows us that when we give it is a plus on our accounts. In fact, in Acts 20:35 we see that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Giving, especially towards the furthering of God’s work, comes with a promise that we find in Philippians 4:19 which says, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” One of the wonderful ways to stand fast as a child of God is to support God’s work and help those that are in need.
Be faithful with your tithes and offerings. When you do, God promises to open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. (Malachi 3:10)
There are numerous ways in the Bible on how to stand fast as a child of God. In this article, we have mainly looked at those found in Philippians chapter 4.
And these are to study the word of God; to rejoice in the Lord always; live a life of gentleness; be anxious for nothing; meditate on the right things; trust God for your strength, and embrace the opportunity to give. Practice these and you will be able to stand fast as a child of God.
If you are not yet a child of God, you can make that choice to be one today. You could check out this article on how to become a child of God.
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