~ 4-Step Formula For Making Next Year Count For Eternity ~
Stand Fast in the Liberty (decision) ~ “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1). Decide and keep on deciding to stay away from your former lifestyle and live by the control of the Holy Spirit.
Stand Fast in the Faith (devotion) ~ “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14). Keep your first love always remembering the life which Christ has rescued you from. Love your fellow believes and the lost the way Christ loves.
Stand Fast in the Lord (discipleship) ~ “Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved” (Philippians 4:1). Learn at His feet and follow His guidance.
Stand Fast in One Spirit (unity) ~ “Let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me” (Philippians 1:27-30). The Church of Jesus Christ is one body—we are all dependent on one another, so live that way.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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