Daily Devotional for Tuesday August 17, 2010
The One Word that Describes the Successful, Victorious Christian Life is the Word Steadfast
(1 CORINTHIANS 15:58)
Probably the one word that describes the successful, victorious Christian life is the word steadfast. It means not moving, not letting the winds of day-to-day life blow you off course...consistency. As I have said many times, this Christian journey we are on is a marathon, not a sprint. It is a daily walk, where each day builds upon the previous day.
That is why the daily time with the Lord is so critical. That is why living what you say you believe each and every day is critical. After a while, you begin to know deep down inside that the Lord is so real. That His Word is true. That His promises really are for you. After a while you begin to have total 100% confidence that everything you have put your faith in is very real, and that your faith is not in vain.
You see the destroyed lives, the pain, the heartache, the emptiness in so many people around you each and every day that have rebelled and tried to live life their way. You start to understand that doing it God's way really does work. As the days turn into weeks, and the weeks into months, and the months into years, you start to become steadfast in your relationship with Christ and in your faith. The element of being steadfast is an element missing in the Christian walk of most new believers. They are still treading water trying to understand it all, and have yet to develop the confidence and total faith in the Lord. For those who have been walking with the Lord for many years and have learned over time how to be steadfast, I want to challenge you to reach out and help a young believer learn this important element of our life with the Lord.
It is difficult for us to bear fruit in our life for the Lord when we do not have that consistency day in and day out. It is difficult for the Lord to use us to touch others when we aren't steadfast in our walk. Let the Lord use you to teach a young believer how to live that consistent life the Bible calls us to live.
It is the responsibility of those who know the Lord and are mature in their relationship with the Lord to help the new believers develop that same maturity.
I love you, and I care about you. Becoming mature in our Christian experience is extremely important so that we can be the best servant to our God as possible. Being steadfast in our daily life is critical to getting to that place in our life with the Lord.
I will be praying today that you will find the strength and courage to be steadfast and not wavering to the right or left as you serve the Lord. God has a great plan for your life, and being able to count on you each day is important to see that plan unfold and know the fullness of His blessings.
Make this a priority in your prayer life to work daily to get to that point where you are steadfast, unmovable in your life and commitment to Christ.
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller