This post will discuss the benefits of standing firm in the Lord
There’s a song that’s been on repeat lately for me. The song is “Firm Foundation” by Cody Carnes, featuring Chandler Moore of Maverick City Music. The song talks about how the truth of Jesus being our foundation can be seen in all areas of life, from the storms we walk through to the relationships we build.
As I was thinking about this song, I started digging into scripture to see what God had to say about it. What I found was nothing short of amazing!
In this blog post, I will discuss what Christ is our firm foundation means and how it impacts our lives. I’ll also take a look at some scriptures, and of course the benefits of standing firm in the Lord!
P.S. This is a deep and heartfelt post packed with some remarkable analogies and gems💎; I encourage you to pause and reflect as you read.
Ready? Let’s go!
The dangers of building your life on sinking sand (AKA the wrong foundation!)
I’ve been tempted to take shortcuts, and I’ve discussed this in my blog post “7 Dangers of Taking Shortcuts (Biblical Perspective).” However, I know that would entail building my life on sinking sand. Why? I’ve honestly watched others take shortcuts and have seen that it never ends well! Shortcuts may seem like a good idea in the moment but ultimately leads to destruction.
So now let’s talk about wrong foundations…
In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus talks about two types of foundations: sand and rock. He says that anyone who builds their life on sand will eventually have it crumble away, but anyone who builds their life on a foundation of rock will stand firm.
The sinking sand Jesus is referring to can be interpreted as any destructive habit or belief in our lives. This could include things like shortcuts, pride, flesh, envy, revenge, apathy, and even disbelief in God. When we build our lives on these things, it leaves us with a shaky foundation that will eventually come crumbling down when faced with the storms of life.
On the other hand, in order to stand firm during life’s storms, we must build our house on a rock: Jesus. We do this by placing our trust and confidence in Him and striving to live according to His Word every day. Living this way strengthens our foundation so that no matter what comes against us, we won’t fall apart.
The Bible promises that anyone who trusts in Jesus and follows His commandments will be like a wise builder whose house stays standing, no matter what storms come against it. So next time you feel the temptation to build your life on sinking sand, remember to place your faith in Jesus instead. He is the only one who can provide the strong foundation you need to weather any storm that might come against you.
Jesus is the Word made flesh
It’s paramount to understand the truth that Jesus is the Word made flesh. This is an essential building block to cementing our knowledge and understanding that He (Jesus) is our firm foundation.
Let’s start with scripture:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)
I want to go over three important points concerning this:
a) Understand what it means for Christ to be the Word made flesh.
The word “Word” in this passage refers to the divine Logos, or God’s spoken creative power through which all things were created. Therefore, when Jesus came into the world, he was not only human but also had a divine nature. He is both fully human and fully divine. As the Word made flesh, Jesus embodied God’s grace and truth in a way that everyone could see and experience (John 1:14).
b) Jesus, as the Word made flesh has massive implications for our lives today.
When we accept him as our Lord and Savior, we become connected to the same source of life that was present in Jesus. We are no longer separated from God by our brokenness and sin but instead become part of the same divine family as Jesus. Furthermore, through his life on earth, we can learn how to live a life of love and grace. By imitating him in thought, Word, and deed, we can come closer to God than ever before.
c) The Word made flesh lives within us through His spirit
Finally, it’s important to note that Jesus’ life and work didn’t end when he ascended into heaven after his crucifixion – he continues to make himself known through the power of the Holy Spirit today! When we follow the teachings of Christ and walk in the Spirit, we experience firsthand a living relationship with our Creator. The Word made flesh lives within us through His spirit so that we can truly be transformed.
So what does it mean that Christ is our firm foundation?
1. Jesus is a secure foundation
The Bible says in Psalm 18:2, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.” This tells us that no matter what we are facing or going through, God will be there for us as a secure base on which to stand. He is the one who can give us stability when everything else around us seems uncertain or untrustworthy. We can rely on Him to sustain us and provide the necessary resources to walk through any situation with assurance and confidence.
2. He is the only true foundation!
1 Corinthians 3:11 it states, “For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” This tells us that without Christ in our lives, we do not have a true foundation to stand on. We are only able to find meaning and purpose with Him being in our lives. He provides us with a sense of security and stability that can be found nowhere else.
3. He is the cornerstone!
Finally, in Isaiah 28:16 it says, “Therefore thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation…'” The dictionary explains a cornerstone as, the “chief foundation” or “first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation.”
So if we tie this together, we see that Isaiah 28:16 tells us that when we place our faith in Jesus and make Him the first and center of all things, He becomes the rock on which our lives are built. Everything else falls away, but He remains as the unshakable foundation of our lives.
Jesus calms the storm
The Bible tells the story of Jesus calming a storm on the Sea of Galilee. The disciples were in a boat, and a storm came up. The waves began to beat against the boat, and the disciples were terrified. Then Jesus came to them and said, “Peace be still.” And the storm stopped. This story is a picture of how Jesus can calm the storms of life that rage around us. When things are tough, and we feel like the waves are beating us, we can rest assured that Jesus is our firm foundation. He is always with us, and He will never let us down.
We can trust in Jesus and His Word. He is the living Word made flesh, come to dwell among us. We can cling to Him and know that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). When the storms of life threaten to take us down, we can be secure knowing that Jesus offers a firm foundation. He will never leave us or forsake us, no matter what storms may be raging around us.
The picture of Jesus calming the storm reminds us that He is always there for us in times of trouble. He will never let us down and will always provide a firm foundation for us. When our lives start to feel like they are out of control, and fear threatens to overwhelm us, we need only turn to Him and ask for protection and peace.
So when the storms of life threaten to overwhelm you, remember that Jesus is your solid foundation. He is with you always, and His presence in your life can give you peace and comfort no matter what troubles come your way. Lean on Him, trust in Him – He will be there to provide strength, stability, and assurance during the toughest times. He will carry you through the storm to safety on the other side. When we cling to Jesus as our firm foundation, we can find hope even in the midst of chaos.
7 Amazing Benefits of Standing Firm in The Lord
Standing firm on the promises of God is not an easy task, but it has its rewards. There are many benefits to standing firmly in your faith. Here are seven reasons why you should stand firm on the promises of God:
1. Peace and Contentment
Being rooted in God’s promises gives us deep-seated peace and contentment regardless of our circumstances. Knowing that we have access to all that He has promised makes us restful in Him even when things seem hard or uncertain. (See Philippians 4:7)
Standing firm on the Lord’s promises helps us persevere during difficult times because we know that no matter what, God will be with us every step of the way. His faithfulness is a source of assurance that He will never leave us or forsake us.
In addition to that, we can rest assured that we will have eternal life after this earthly body is no more (see 1 John 5:11-13).
As we stand firm in Him, God gives us the strength to keep going and stay focused on the work that He has set before us. We can trust in His power to uphold us when things get tough. (See Isaiah 40:31)
When we know who holds our future, it can give us the confidence to face each day with joy and hope. We know that our labor isn’t in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58). Jesus’s promises provide a strong foundation for our trust in Him and what He has done for us.
Standing firm on the Lord’s promises gives us hope for the future (Jeremiah 29:11 & Hebrews 10:23). We can rest in His faithfulness and the knowledge that He will never fail us.
When we stand firm in our faith, we experience joy even when life doesn’t go as planned (James 1:2-3). Knowing that God is with us through whatever comes our way helps us to find peace and contentment despite it all.
Finally, standing firmly on God’s promises allows us to be victorious over any obstacle or situation that we face (1 Corinthians 15:57). We can trust in Him to provide the victory no matter what happens.
3 Ways to Stand Firm in Your Faith
There are many ways to stand firm in your faith, but in this section, I will focus on three key pillars based on the topic at hand:
- Understanding Christ as our foundation is the first step to standing firm in your faith. By understanding that we are rooted in Christ, it can help us remain strong during difficult times. As we focus on him and follow his teachings, we will be able to stand firm through any storm.
- The second way to stand firm in your faith is to seek the Lord diligently through spiritual disciplines such as prayer, worship, and studying his Word. Praying regularly helps us stay connected with God and enables us to cast all our cares onto Him (1 Peter 5:7). Worshiping the Lord brings joy and peace to our souls and helps us stay focused on Him. Studying his Word provides an understanding of His will so we can make wise decisions. All these things help us stay grounded in our faith and remain steadfast no matter what comes our way.
- The final step to standing firm in your faith is relying on the ministry and person of the Holy Spirit. (see Acts 1:8, John 14:26) The Holy Spirit is a source of strength for believers. When we rely upon Him for guidance, He will help us defeat any obstacle that stands between us and following Jesus.
Bible verses on standing on the promises of God
Before I dive into the verses, I want to reiterate a few things:
When we stand firm on the promises of God, it means that we are holding tight to what He has said, no matter what the circumstance looks like. We are declaring that His Word is true even when our emotions may tell us otherwise.
Here are some scriptures about standing firm:
One important bible verse about standing firm is 1 Corinthians 15:58, which says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” This shows us that we must be tenacious in our faith – no matter what comes our way. We should keep our eyes on God and not on the things of this world.
Another bible verse to consider is Philippians 1:27, which says, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit,[a] striving together as one for the faith of the gospel” This reminds us that living a life pleasing to God will help us stay firmly planted in His promises.
Standing firm also means putting on spiritual armor, as described in Ephesians 6:11-13. The Bible tells us that we need to put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand firm against the enemy’s schemes. We must be strong in our faith and not give in to temptation or pressure from this world. This is why it is essential always to have Bible study time, prayer time, and fellowship with other Christians – these are all crucial elements of staying firmly planted in Christ.
And that’s it, folks, benefits of standing firm in the Lord
Can I be honest? I actually wrote this blog post as a declaration of faith due to a silent season I’m currently in. I wrote about it here, “Standing Still and Listening in the Silence (Raw).”
I hope the benefits of standing firm in the Lord described in this blog post were helpful! (they were sure helpful to me. I was super moved writing this piece).
In conclusion, standing firm on the promises of God is something that all Christians should aspire to do. It requires determination, courage, and faith, but it is well worth the effort! The Bible encourages us to be steadfast in our beliefs so that we may experience the fullness of life that God has planned for us.
So don’t give up – stand firm in your faith today, and you will be blessed!