Today we have been given a gift, friends. A gift of wisdom and insight into the Word of God; A powerful word from writer, Matthew Michael. Matthew gives us insight into what we have access to because of our Heavenly Father.
“We have this (a confident assurance) as a steadfast anchor of the soul, (it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it) a hope that enters into the inner place…” Hebrews 6:19
Take a minute and let these words anchor your soul!
Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know tha“t your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
What a beautiful passage, so full of power. And yet, like so much of Scripture, I leave the power on the page. Here’s how I should read this passage:
“Stand firm, Matthew.
Don’t let anything move you, Matthew.
Give every ounce of yourself, completely, to the amazing work I’m doing all around you.
Matthew, do this because My work is always perfect and it’s shaping and transformational.
You’ll be a different person when you finish My work.”
In my world, there are so many things that try to move me. But, when I read Scripture like this – slowly, intentionally, directly – words start to lift from the page. God’s word for me in this passage is UNWAVERING.
It’s so easy for us to waver … when we are tempted with a moral shortcut, or tempted to be cozy with the sin that is wrapped around us, or to cut ties and move on when we are tired of someone or something.
But God says to stand firm, to not move, to be UNWAVERING.
I want to be unwavering in marriage.
I want to be unwavering in fatherhood.
I want to be unwavering in work.
I want to be unwavering in service.
I want to be unwavering in Christ.
That means I’m not moved by my emotions, my worry, or my stress. When my boys act like disrespectable baboons, people quit at work, my wife challenges me on sin, my ego is damaged, my friends don’t treat me like I treat them, my God doesn’t answer in my timing, my dad lives a life of sickness and dies early, my friends’ marriages start crumbling.
In all these things, God says to stand firm and not to waver. But how?
Scripture tell us our power is found in the Holy Spirit. An unwavering position is one of courage and discipline and God’s Spirit was left to properly equip us. I love 1 Timothy 1:7: “For the Spirit that God gave us does not make us timid. It gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”
Our calling is always aligned with God’s promise. When he calls us to be unwavering in our marriages, in our parenting, in our service to others, he gives us the spirit of POWER. In fact, the same exact Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is the one living inside of us. Talk about power (Rom 8:11). If that Spirit can raise a dead man it can maintain your marriage or renew your relationship with your children.
Nothing is too great for God to accomplish through us. Nothing is too great for God to repair through us. Nothing is too difficult or too tempting or too trying to keep us from standing firm. Nothing.
Let’s be unwavering in God’s power. After all, “if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31) ”
Matthew Michael is the husband of Kim and the father of 3 boys, Garner, Riley and Harper. He is a leader in his home, church and community and is the Co-Founder of M&R Marketing in Macon, Georgia. Matthew is incredibly creative and a published author, loving words and really strong coffee. He is also my brother!