Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. (Philippians 4:1)
Paul used an endearing term when he wrote to the church in Philippi, calling them his joy and crown. They were important to him. He had worked with and prayed for these people earnestly. Paul asked these people he cared so deeply for to do one thing: stand fast. Fast in English usually means quickly. How does one quickly stand?
The word fast in Greek is steko and means to persevere or stand strong.
This is important because many people have inappropriate views of the Christian life. One group thinks that God has placed punishment, pain, and distress on His children to teach them a lesson. If that was the case, then we should never pray our way out of circumstances and allow those circumstances to break us since, in this group's mind, it was God's will, to begin with.
Another group centers incorrectly around the idea that if we are following God, everything in life should be easy and without a problem. To this group, if any evil or trouble comes against you, it must be the result of some sin or issue in your life. However, that would mean Paul was out of the will of God during most of his ministry since he endured so many problems (shipwrecks, storms, stoning, imprisonments, etc.).
The truth is in the middle of these two opinions. God does not place sickness, disease, or calamity on people, but that doesn’t mean life will be free of issues. Jesus promised us that in this world, there would be trials and tribulations. However, remember Jesus also told us to be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
Jesus defeated the devil so you can maintain his defeat and walk in victory when any trial or tribulation comes your way by standing fast in faith on God’s Word.
Practical Application – When you are standing fast, you have two legs solidly firm. What Words from God are you standing on? Find at least two Scriptures to keep standing for what you are believing God for.
Romans 5:4; Ephesians 6:13