Stand for what You Believe!
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.”-1 Corinthians 16:13
The world is filled with people who are going to try to walk all over you. They are going to try to put you down for what you believe, they are going to try to make you feel stupid and they are going to try to make you think that they are actually better than you are.
Have you ever wanted to stand up to people with different opinions?
As a teenager I was fearful of what people thought of me so I wouldn’t risk stating a different viewpoint.
Even as an adult now, I face times when I have to decide if I believe something strongly enough to stand alone in my beliefs, especially when the stakes are high. It can be scary sometimes. Is it the peer pressure or the fear of being rejected? Maybe it’s the fear of losing something important to you. Standing up for what you believe in can be a scary thing, but it is the right thing to do and Standing up for what you believe in is one of the most admirable traits. Living a godly life when others around me are not can be hard. Sometimes a relationship in family or a friendship is at stake, and for some maybe even a job. In some parts of the world, loss of family or loss of life are real dangers when you stand for what you believe. Peter denied knowing Jesus, but later, Peter and John stood before a council of Pharisees and spoke boldly about what they had seen and heard.- Acts 4:1-20
What brought about the change? Where Peter’s boldness come from? The filling of the Holy Spirit.-Acts 4:8
“Then Peter stood with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd” -Acts 2:14
When the Holy Spirit is present, fear is overcome by boldness as we step out in faith.
Do you have it in you? Do you stand up for what you believe in even if it means you might lose a few friends? Do you stand up for what you believe in, even if your job is on the line?
The popular choice is not always the right choice. The fastest way is not always the best way. If you really stand up for something, sooner or later you will be at the crossroads. Will you go out of your way; will you go down a road you really do not want to go down, just because you may lose a few friends? You may need to know that if your friends can not respect your beliefs; then they are really not your friends.
Make a choice to always stand up for what you believe, even if you end up standing alone. After all God is all seeing and all knowing and with Him on your side He is standing with you.
“worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” -1 Peter 3:15