Stand Fast – Galatians 5:1

The Milk

Stand Fast

‘Stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.’

Paul challenged the Galatian church to stand firm in their faith and not to return to the bondage of the law.  Deliverance from the curse that law pronounces on the sinners who has been striving unsuccessfully to achieve his own righteousness.  Making a commitment to God mean that He demands your attention.  Just like any relationship worth pursing, we must give attention, nurture and cultivate those relationships.  Our relationship with God is no exception.  He demands immediate obedience.  When you are told to do something, you must listen and obey.  God doesn’t give us suggestions but instead give us commands.  It is a privilege for us to do His work.  He doesn’t call just anyone to a particular place for a particular task.  It is like being a member of a ball team and just standing on the court not playing.  We will not be productive and we will not be showing God’s love just standing there in the middle of the court.  It is an honor to know that God placed you in a particular place for a particular reason.  Enjoy that thought.  You were made for a reason.  He had plans for you when you were created by Him.  When we pray to Him, He promises that He will listen.  He wants that conversation with us.  There is nothing we can say to Him that He won’t understand.  As David told his son Solomon in 1 Chronicles 28:9, ‘the Lord searches all hearts and understand all the intent of the thoughts.  If you seek Him, He will be found by you.’ Are we really seeking?  Are we really committed?  Do we really surrender all?  If we are honest, you will probably admit that we surrender about a quarter of our lives.  That means that we are only about a quarter full.  Our cups do not run over.  If our cups are dry, how can the love of God overflow onto others?  Correct me I’m wrong but isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing here?  Filled with Christ and the overflow from our worship fall onto others so that they see His love through us?  You see, that is the definition of true freedom, being ‘full’ of God.   Keeping the tank on F. Drinking in His spirit from the Living Water, Feeding on His Word.  Finding rest in His Peace and becoming a light so that others can see a path directly to Him.  Anything else we do in life is unimportant.

The Meat

Let’s concentrate on the word steadfast.  It is an interesting word.  It is one of those words that the meaning could be misunderstood.  Steadfast means unwavering, firmly fixed, constant, firmly loyal or totally dependent upon.  Over 200 times the word steadfast is mentioned in the Bible.

Proverbs 4:26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.  I’m reminded of the kid’s song that says, oh be careful little feet where you go.  That is exactly what this verse tells us.  Don’t go where you don’t belong and be firmly fixed in the ways of God.

Isaiah 54:10 ‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed but my steadfast love shall not depart from you.’ His constant love shall never leave you.  He moves mountains and removes hills.  Climbing those mountains and hills are daunting.  Allow Him to move them for you and you will never be alone.

Psalm 103:8 ‘The Lord is merciful and gracious and abounding in steadfast love.  Constant – never changes, never stops.  Unlike humans who leave us, forsake us and seek to destroy us; God never does.  He is merciful and gracious to us always.

The Honey

Grasp the full definition of steadfast.  God is unwavering, He never changes.  His is firmly fixed in His love for us.  He is constant with His grace and mercy.  He is firmly loyal and we can fully and totally depend on Him.