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Stand Firm

It seems like there are storms raging around us and things are happening in our lifetime that we never thought possible. Scriptures have warned about things still to come, yet in our own finite minds we could never have imagined all that has gone on throughout Ireland and across the world in the past few years. Yet what does scripture tell us to do? In Ephesians 6:10 – 11 we are told:

“Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.”

When a soldier prepares for battle we don’t see him slouching and being timid, instead he is prepared, fully equipped, standing strong, ready for whatever comes his way, not easily swayed by all that goes on around him. As believers how are we doing with standing firm in uncertainty? Have we become weak in the knees, ready to crumble, unsure of our faith in Christ? Or are we standing firm and with confidence in knowing that “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1

Friends, let’s not be rattled or fearful, let’s be strong warriors for Him! Reminding ourselves what it says in Ephesians 6:12:

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

And while in battle we are told to in verse 18:

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

In this season, and the unknown seasons yet to come, I urge you to be prepared, standing firm in your faith, being strong and courageous and in all occasions and situations be alert and faithful in prayer. Even when yesterday’s prayers may seem to have been unanswered, let’s not lose faith and hope but instead continue to believe that God hears and He does answer. None of our prayers are ever in vain.

Father, we thank You that You are in control and even when we may feel weak or weary in our faith I pray that You would give us Your strength and wisdom at this time. Father, we pray for those around us who feel weary, that You would “strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees”, that You would say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong and do not fear, for our God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” Father, we place our hope and trust in You alone, believing that Ireland will see an awakening with many coming to know You and walk fully with You. In Your precious and mighty name I pray, Amen.

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