February 22, 2010

Feb. 22: Stand firm in the Lord

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By Karina Rohrer-Meck, a first-year nursing major from Archbold, Ohio

THIS WEEK’S THEME: Stand firm in the Lord

DEVOTIONAL:
The theme of week two of Lent is “Stand firm in the Lord.” This can be more challenging than it sounds. There are day-to-day struggles and temptations that cause it to be very difficult to stand firm in the Lord. An encouraging word is written in Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The daily struggles can weigh one down to the point where it seems that all hope is lost. It is important to remember that God is with you in your trials. He will always be there to give you strength for the battle raging around you. He promises us in Deuteronomy that he will never leave us, nor forsake us. It is important to replay these positive words over and over until they are engraved in your heart. This will help you stand firm in the Lord, even when feeling disappointed.

Also important in standing firm in the Lord is keeping your focus on the right thing, Jesus, rather than your problems. A verse encouraging us through our temptations is 1 Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to humanity. God is faithful and he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, so that you are able to bear it.”

This reminds us that though we do have daily struggles, God is faithful. Temptations range from being involved in illegal actions to simply lying to a friend. Satan tries to take our eyes off the prize by tempting us. These temptations in life cause us to take a step back in our walk with God. Instead, trust Jesus in every single circumstance. He is the only one who will be with you through the storms.

Standing firm in the Lord is very important, and also very difficult. Ephesians 6:11-16 provides us with advice in how to stand firm in the Lord. Standing firm in the Lord is done by putting on the full armor of God. In these verses, this includes filling your life with truthfulness, righteousness, peace and faith. To put on the full armor of God you must include him in all you do. Prayer is very important in standing firm in the Lord because to include him in all you do you must have a strong relationship with God. Another way to have a strong relationship with God is to set aside intentional time for worshipping. Including God in your daily life by surrounding yourself with friends – or even one friend who you work together with – to keep each other accountable is important. A final way to help you stay firm in the Lord is find a mentor. This can be a parent, someone at church or work, but they can help you because they have gone through similar situations.

Standing firm in the Lord is hard to do, but with the full armor of God you can overcome your struggles and temptations.

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Comments (11)

  1. Karina, you are spiritually wise beyond your years! Prayer, worship, Godly friends…all wonderful suggestions for standing firm in Lord. Thank you and God bless you for your encouraging words on keeping our focus on Our Lord.

    Deborah Duxbury February 22, 2010 |
  2. Karina, thank you ever so much for your wonderful words of wisdom and for helping to keep us focused on the Lord! It was a great way to start the day reading your inspirational words. Thank you!

    Pat Reese February 22, 2010 |
  3. Karina, this is so good. I need this so much today, as the last couple days have been a struggle..Thanks for all you have helped me with the last couple years!! And thanks for this!
    love.
    alexa

    Alexa Short February 22, 2010 |
  4. THank-you for your words of wisdom! These are truly spoken from your heart and your spiritual walk!

    Vicky Kirkton February 22, 2010 |
  5. Thank you for your thoughts today.
    Wishing you and everyone at the college the very best in these challenging time of life.
    Yes……..be strong

    Frank and Cara Ulrich February 22, 2010 |
  6. Thank you so much for these words. they are Biblically based and practical.

    Pat Gerber-Pauls February 22, 2010 |
  7. As a GC nursing graduate it is a bonus to see this depth of thought coming from a first-year nursing student! Karina, your words were so helpful to me today. “Focus on God rather than the problem” Every profession holds its own set of challenges, yea, temptations, and nursing is no exception. Special blessings to you as you walk your walk with Christ through the wonderful profession of nursing! The road is hard, but the rewards great!

    Kathy Holsopple February 22, 2010 |
  8. I had some testing times over the weekend and needed something encouraging to start my week. I was truly blessed by this.

    s.moore February 22, 2010 |
  9. Yes. Community is what allows us to stand strong. I am grateful for this message even though the dominant culture around me screams that one is strong all by oneself.

    Dolores Nice-Siegenthaler February 22, 2010 |
  10. Karina, thank you for this excellent reflection on standing firm every day as those nasty temptations nibble away at us. You are absolutely right that our help comes from wearing the full armor of God, even though it is hard to put it on sometimes! I pray that your words will be medicine for your soul as you recover from surgery. You remain in my prayers!

    Jeff Smith February 24, 2010 |
  11. This is what I need to do so very much. I am tempted by wordly things, even beyond the money I can afford to spend. I need so badly to break this habit right away and put on the armor of God and stand firm with Jesus.
    Thank you to all who provide these wonderful devotions.
    Lynn

    Lynn Cone February 25, 2010 |