Steadfast Not Stubborn!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Eph 6:16 “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one”

Why is the Bible so unique and such an awesome thing? Because it is the expressed heart of God to man. It is God’s voice and expression of who He is, of His love, and of His instruction and correction to each of us. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It says “...the Word was God.” God and His Word are the same. It goes on in verse 14 to reveal to us that Jesus and His Word are the same. “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Jesus is the Word and speaks to us today with a living Word to our hearts. He says that each of us unique and wonderful. Psalms 139:13-14 says, “For you have formed my inward parts: you have covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well.”

When God made us, He made us wonderful in His design, yet we have all been tainted by the sin that is in this earth. We were conceived and born into a world that had been defiled by sin. That sin has infected every man. Rom 5:12 says, “When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” 

Everything God created was created for good. God gives witty ideas and inventions. Satan tries to pervert their use for evil. That’s true for television, computers, the internet, for sex, for any good thing from God. They were all created for good but the devil perverted the use of each one. Satan through sin has tried to pervert every good thing in this earth including the character qualities within us that God gave us for good. Within our personalities, there are godly character qualities that are to be developed. For example, being steadfast being sure in what you believe and faithful, determined, and purposeful to live it out is a good and godly quality. To be stubborn unreasonably, often perversely unyielding and bullheaded, is the perversion of steadfastness. God wants us to be steadfast but not to be stubborn.

Being stubborn hinders God from helping us. In Psalm 81:12 God says, “So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.” Being steadfast will do the opposite. Steadfastness can help us greatly in defeating troubled times in our lives. When we will become steadfast against the devil, against evil, against every attack of the enemy in our lives, then we will begin to see the attacks slow down or stop. When we steadfastly say “No devil, I won’t fall for your trap and go to that perverse internet site.” “No devil, I won’t accept this cold – By Jesus stripes I am healed.” “No devil, I won’t stay in unforgiveness.” “I rebuke you! I don’t care what that person has done to me, I am going to love them with the love of Jesus. Be gone in Jesus name!”  When we won’t let the devil pervert character qualities and  instead use the strength of godly character, we will win many more battles then we will lose. When it comes to resisting the devil, God wants us to be absolutely steadfast against him. God wants us to take on the heart and attitude spoken by Isaiah. Isaiah 50:7 “For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.”

God wants us to learn to set our face like flint and be steadfast against every attack of the enemy. He wants us to quit being a doormat for him and stop letting him eat our lunch. He wants us to use the name of Jesus and the authority given us in the name of Jesus. We do so by putting on and USING the whole armor of God.

Today’s Fresh Manna verse says, “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the fiery arrows of the evil one.” The devil shoots one fiery dart of temptation or trouble after another. He never quits trying. We will either eventually become overcome by being worn out from them or we will take godly qualities like steadfastness and set our face like flint. Have you ever seen an emotional rock? No! Don’t you let the devil put you on an emotional roller coaster with the attacks leveled at you. Just discern; Is what I’m experiencing from God or is this the devil attacking me? If it’s the devil, be steadfast in holding up your shield of faith and quenching every fiery dart of the enemy. Read him God’s promise. “I rebuke you devil. Psalms 46:1 says, “God is my refuge and strength, and very present help in trouble.” Then rejoice and trust in God’s promise. Continue to be steadfast in quenching every fiery dart.

In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt

Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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