Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Hold The Fort!!!

Nahum 2:1 He that dasheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thy loins strong, fortify thy power mightily.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

The fact is, the devil is out to mess you up!!! Therefore, we need to hold the fort!!! How??? Well, we need to:

1. Sharpen Yourself - "...keep the munition" - Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
  • Settle the word - Psalm 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
  • Store the word - Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
  • Study the word - 2 Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
  • Shout the word - Isa. 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

2. Safeguard Yourself - "....watch the way" - 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

  • Stablish your priorities - Psalm 119:35-38 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.
  • Subdue your passions - Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
  • Survey your progress - 2 Cor. 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

3. Strengthen Yourself - ".... make thy loins strong, fortify they power mightily." - Matt. 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

  • Shape up - 1 Tim. 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
  • Shore up - Rev. 3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
  • Stand up - Jer. 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

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Blogger Unknown said...

Bro Jim thanks for sharing. Can I preach this this will definitely preacher.
Bro TIm

9:59 AM  
Blogger Sis. Julie said...

All of this is very important and very true. Thank you for listing these points.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Bro. Tim,

Preach it!!!

Sis. Julie,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

When I read the title, I thought of an old song we sang in the church that I grew up in. The chorus began this way, "Hold the fort, for I am coming. Jesus signals still." Time is running out, He is coming soon. We must, as you have said well, "Hold the fort."

7:01 PM  

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