Tuesday, July 28
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Falling From Steadfastness
2 Peter 3.17 "You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked."
Steadfastness is defined, "The quality or state of being steadfast; firmness; fixedness; constancy." I like that word, constancy; it is the quality of being enduring and unchanging.
Notice what Peter warned against; falling from your own steadfastness. He was basically warning against lukewarmness, the dying of conviction, the loss of passion and zeal, the forgetting of our first love! Yes, it's true that so many of us still go to church, but how many of us are still as hot as we used to be? How many of us still pray as we used to pray? How many of us still believe the word as we used to? How many of us still evangelize as we used to evangelize? How many of us still work for God and give as we used to give? Are we still as principled as we used to be, or are we now accommodating and compromising? A lot of us have fallen from our steadfastness without even realizing it! Jesus said, "Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent."
1 Corinthians 15.58 says, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." None of you reading this will fall in Jesus' name. Amen.