Hold Fast

Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who has promised is faithful.”
 
1 Kings 13 is a very sad chapter for me. Every time I read it my heart is affected. The Lord sent a man, who is unnamed, to cry out against the altar that Jeroboam set up.
 
Jeroboam stretched out his hand to have him arrested. The Lord withered it. He asked the man of God to pray that his hand would be restored (verse 6). When the Lord restored it he invited the man of God to his home.
 
Verse 8-9 says that he declined because the Lord had told him to not eat bread, nor drink water, nor return the same way he came.
 
There was an old prophet who dwelt in Bethel. He invited him to his home. The man of God told him that the Lord told him not to. Verse 18 says, “He said to him, I too am a prophet as you are , and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord saying, Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water. (He was lying to him).”
 
The man of God turned aside and it cost him his life. You can continue to read the rest of the story for yourself.
 
We must hold fast to the word the Lord has spoken to us without wavering. It reminds me of satan’s words to Eve. He said ‘Has God indeed said…’ He put doubt in Eve’s mind.
 
Abraham is a great example for us. Romans 4:20 says, “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.” The Amplified says, “…he grew strong and was empowered by faith AS he gave praise and glory to God.”
 
We hold fast, cling to the Lord and His word AS we give Him praise and glory for who He is at all times. Our circumstances may seemingly contradict what the Lord has spoken, but we must remember that He is above all and over all Faithful.
 
Psalm 63:8 Amplified says, “My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.” As we cling to Him with refusal to let go, He will undergird us with His steel cables of strength to hold fast to His word without wavering.

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