Our Bible verse for today: “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:2-3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Overcomers stand their ground.”
In his book “Overcomer”, Dr. David Jeremiah observes, “What a difference it would make if we faced our challenges like David did. If we said, “Lord, for Your honor and glory, I’m going to do the right thing. I’m going to honor You and face my battles in the power of Your name.”
Yes, what a difference it would make if Christians had the courage and conviction to stand their ground and do the right thing. This is important because more and more today professing Christians do not have the courage and conviction to do that. Far too many Christians are compromising Biblical principles in the face of cultural pressures, because it is always easier to go along so we can get along than it is to stand firm in the face of criticism and pressure. But overcomers don’t do that. Overcomers have the courage to stand for what they know to be right even if it isn’t easy to do so.
This is what Paul was teaching his young protégé Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2-3. We are called to speak words of Biblical truth to an increasingly ungodly culture. We must be ready to do so in season and out of season (in other words, whether it’s going to be easy or hard). We are to do so with patience and courage, for the time is here when people don’t want to hear the truth. Instead they seek out teachers, preachers, philosophers, and cultural talking-heads who will tell them the things they want to hear.
Overcomers have courage and conviction. Overcomers take the time to prepare themselves to speak to the issues of the day and then, they take their stand for the truth – boldly, confidently, and without apology. We speak the truth kindly and in love, but we speak the truth.
My latest book, “Getting Along Without Going Along: Biblical Sexual Ethics in an Age of Controversy and Conflict” was written to help Christians to be prepared to speak to the sexual issues of our day and to do so from a Biblical perspective. If you don’t have a copy you can get one at www.JimMersereauBooks.com.
Overcomers stand their ground. Be prepared; be confident; stand your ground.