The Ark

Hold Firm

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Zechariah 10 to 12

Not many of us have ridden a wild horse, but maybe you have ridden one of those 'bucking bronco' rides you see in amusement arcades or at fundraising events? If you have ridden one of these then the secret is to hold on with all your might.
The same is true at many fairground rides – even when we are strapped in, we have a great urge to hold on tight.

Heb 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. NIV

When it comes to the faith we have in Jesus we must hold on with the same or greater determination. We are in for the ride of our lives if we trust God. If we seek first His kingdom, then the ride will be exciting – but we may lose our grip if we do not hold firm.
It is not enough to say, I am a Christian now and that is it. We must learn to hold firm to what we have believed because there are forces at work to shake us loose.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober! Be on the alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. HCSB

The devil wants to scare us into letting go, shock us into letting go and get in our face until we let go. But we don't have to – he is only 'like a roaring lion'. Jesus pulled his teeth and cut his claws at the cross and unless we allow fear to take hold of us the worst the devil can do is 'gum' us a little!

Col 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. NIV

Buy a potted plant and don't look after it and it will die. Get married and stop loving your partner and your marriage will die. Lay hold of God, be born again and follow Jesus, but then let go of the faith you have received and you will drift away from the presence of the one who saved you and set you free.
Let us remind ourselves today of Him who we have believed in, and as we do let us commit ourselves again to the faith we have in Jesus. If we hold on we will not fail or fall.

2 Tim 1:8 I am not ashamed, for I know with an absolute knowledge the One in whom I have permanently placed my trust, and have come to a settled persuasion that He is of power to guard that which has been committed as a trust to me [his Christian service] with reference to that day. (Wuest)