5 Steps to an immovable stance, according to none other than Paul The Apostle

There is nothing more attractive than a woman with conviction, a woman strong enough to take a stand.

But tell me: Can you guess the exact date you failed to meet our resolutions last year? I’ve heard its usually in April.

“Thou shalt have only 23% body fat. Thou shalt fit into your old size 7 jeans…”, said God never.

THE FIRST REASON WHY ITS HARD TO TAKE A STAND

Most of the failed resolutions we set are not a true priority. They are also not necessarily God’s will. So first, let’s put aside our own superficial wish list and really think:

What is God asking you to do this year?

Really… stop reading, take a second and pinpoint that divinely assigned task.

Now…

HOW DO YOU STAND YOUR GROUND IN THIS GOD-GIVEN TASK? 

Think with me for a second: last time God nudged you to start a new chapter, take a leap of faith, walk away from a negative relationship…How long was it before you started to feel a pull away from that which you knew you had to do?

I know that feeling all too well. It can be subtle, “it’s ok, I can wait until tomorrow”. It can also be sharp and fearful, “What are they going to say?… What if you fail miserably in front of everyone?!”

BUT IT IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO TAKE A STAND – JUST ASK PAUL

Because I know that feeling, and because I just so happen to be in that moment, I pray the steps Paul gives us in the Book of Hebrews, chapter 10, verses 16-25, resonates in our spirits so we can take an immovable stance, through Christ.

16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
    after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds.”
17 Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
    I will remember no more.”
18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.


Hebrews 10:16-25 New International Version (NIV)

STEP 1: Accept God’s Promise.

Verse 16 gives us a promise that, as believers in Jesus Christ, He will put His laws in our hears and in our minds. He will remove our heart of stone and put in us a new heart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:37), and He will make us His people (Jeremiah 31:31).

Being a Christian means we take His Word for it, and accept His promise – accept the new heart he has put in us, which does the will of God. For you and I, acting on the nudge He gives will help us get back into His will.

Accept the promise. Accept the nudge.

STEP 2: Receive His forgiveness – Its DONE.

Verses 17-18 reminds us God never looks back at our mistakes, so why should we? Don’t dwell on what could have been, or on how you did not listen to the last nudge, or how you may have sinned just yesterday.

The focus is never on our failed actions. The focus is on His grace.  So we can stop worrying about how to “make it up” (1 Samuel 15:22 tells us He prefers obedience rather than sacrifice) and let’s instead think on His loving grace as we try again.

Move forward with confidence and a clean slate.

STEP 3: Draw Near to Him.

According to verses 19-22, Jesus has done His part so you can come to God. Now, the ball is in your court. Do you believe your Father misses your company? Have you truly accepted His forgiveness and can you now accept his love? Go to His throne with the confidence of a clean conscience, trusting in the work His Son has done for you. Spend time with Him, asking for what you truly need and believing that He loves you and hears you.

Open your heart to Him, and read your bible knowing He wrote that beautiful love letter for you.

STEP 4: Hang on!

Here it is… verse 23 tells us to take a stand.

Why? because He who promised is faithful. Paul was speaking to the persecuted church and their need to stand firm in their faith that Jesus was the Messiah, to keep their faith in Him no matter how they appeared, or how they were treated. Is that not what we are also working towards?

We stand and show the beauty of our conviction in doing what God is asking of us.  We take a stand, because we trust that He who promised is faithful. What is God promising you? It might be scary to crack open that door, but sit in silence for a second…

He’s asked you to do something. What is the reason for it – What is He promising you? Do you believe Him? Can you trust in your creator, the God of the whole universe, to keep His promise?

STEP 5: Bring others along.

Verse 24-25 reminds us that we cannot do it alone. For that woman who may be struggling, or who God is putting on your heart, will you spur her on towards faith and good deeds? Will you include her, invite her to meet together, and encourage her towards that which God is calling her to?

Your beauty is in your ability as a woman to stand for something bigger than yourself, and to lift up other women along the way. You influence is bigger than you think. Who can you lift up today, to take a stand for Christ with you? 

As you walk towards His promise, with a clean slate, eyes fixed on Jesus, and bringing others up as you go, remember: We are all fighting a current too strong for any of us. To do God’s will, we need God’s guidance, and His word is the source.

THIS IS THE BEST PART…DON’T SKIP THIS!

Open your heart to God and reread today’s verses, slowly. Let the truth sink in, verse by verse. Write down, highlight or underline what you feel God is impressing on your heart. This is His Word to you for today.  


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What is God asking you to do? What has God told you today? Comment below and Let’s walk in conviction together.


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