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Stand Firm!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

1 Corinthians 15:56-58

"The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves freely to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."

It would appear that the entire world is in a state of chaos and calamity. Just a year or so ago it seemed that all was well, but now the very financial structure of the nations has been shaken to the core. In this atmosphere it is well to read that one sentence in today’s Scripture: “Let nothing move you.”

Change is an inevitable fact of life. Just when we think that things are stable and secure, we suddenly encounter radical departure from the norm and things change direction. Often this is not of our own choice. We feel that in some way we are the victims of circumstances. What do we do when we are done unto?

Let's face it—we are often guilty of twisting Scripture - (forgive us, Lord). We have changed the Golden Rule from, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you," to "Do unto others before they get a chance to do it to you." As I prayed before, forgive us, Lord!

Change is inevitable. We encounter situations that suddenly arise and create a whole new set of conditions that we have never experienced before. Being reassigned or released in our work place is an unexpected blow, but this now happens on such a regular basis that it is almost the norm.

The loss of a loved one through death or divorce is equally traumatic. The loss of our abilities due to accident or illness can change our life instantaneously and dramatically.

What is the solution to changes in our life?!!! TRUST GOD WITHOUT RESERVATION!

None of us know what will happen in our life from moment to moment. I recall a story that Bob Harrington, who was known as the Chaplain of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, related. A shoe shine boy was on the elevator of a hospital with Bob. He suddenly said, “Sir, you are a preacher—where is heaven?"

Bob had the boy place his hand over his heart, and asked him what he felt? The boy said; “I feel my heart beating.” Bob said, "That is exactly right! You ask me where is heaven, where is hell? The answer is right there in your chest. Where is heaven? Where is hell? One heartbeat away!"

So, let's get this straight. We have no idea what will happen next, but God knows every heart beat that is planned for us, and every single thing that is going to occur in our life. Are we going to allow the circumstances of life control us or place our trust in God and His Word? Stand firm! When all else fails—Jesus never fails!

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

--- Pastor Cecil


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