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Hold Fast What You Have …..

Fri, Feb. 26, 2016 Posted: 06:09 AM


"Till I come." Revelation 2:25 As believers in Jesus Christ, what do we have in our grasp?

We have the confession of our faith. Let us hold onto our confession. Our confession of our salvation: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10: 9, 10 “But as many as receive Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His Name.” John 1:12.

Our confession to the world:  “….That Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures,” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Jesus is the Christ – the Sent One, who came to redeem the world unto His Father. We have to hold firmly our confessions. We have to hold sacred our confessions.

Confession of our hope -  “Hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering.” Hebrews 10:23. The confession of our hope is the return of our Lord Jesus Christ to take us with Him. Our Lord Jesus promised to come back for us in John 14: 2-3. Verse 3 states: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself that where I am, there you may be also.” Jesus is the Truth. He speaks truth. We can rest assured our Lord Jesus is returning for us. Hold onto this truth. Live by it!

Righteousness -  Job declared in Job 27:6: “My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go ….” We have the righteousness of God, and we are to hold unto it by practicing righteousness. The more we live righteously, the more we will enjoy living righteously as we see the results of our righteous living.

Repentance -  With righteous living comes repentance. “Hold fast and repent”. This message was given to the church in Sardis. Revelation 3:3. The Church was also told to “remember how you received and heard”. In Isaiah 46:9 God calls on Israel to “remember the former things of old ….” As we go through the various phases of living life, we usually forget some things along the way that once were important to us. Activities that meant a great deal to us that helped us to move on to the next phase or level in our living.

 The Lord is calling on us to remember and hold onto these good habits, such as reading our Bible every day. For some, not just reading , but also spending time meditating and praying over the Word. Some of you once prayed every morning. Now with the activities and responsibilities of family life, and career you cannot find the time to pray. God is calling you to repent and return. Remember when you heard and received the gospel , how enthusiastic you were. You never missed your church services or activities. Repent and reclaim your enthusiasm. It takes effort to live the Christian life. Do not give up, but hold fast. Repent and keep on moving forward. God is with you. “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Phillippians 2:13

Good Works  - “…..Hold fast what is good” 1 Thessalonians 5:21. We are saved unto good works. Let us see that we do good deeds - acts of kindnesses. Hold fast what is good. Let go of the evil. The Church in Thyatira had works, love, service, faith and patience. The love of God is spread abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We have love. We can love. Our Lord Jesus commands us “… to love one another as I have loved you.”John 15:12. Let us hold on firmly to what we have in Christ. He is coming soon.

June Samuel