Steadfast, Immovable, Always Abounding - 2
Immovable — If being steadfast has to do with the consistency of action and faithful predictability to respond to life in a Godly way, then immovability emphasizes that strength of character that does not change with the wind or move with the prevailing cultural shifts. As believers in Jesus Christ our work is not to be hot one day and passionate for the things of God and lukewarm or cool about our faith the next, allowing for all sorts of compromises and excuses for ungodly behavior that more identifies us with the world than the Body of Christ.
In faith and in the pursuit of godliness we are more inclined to setting our course toward Jesus and not looking back nor turning aside to the right or to the left to go after other gods to serve them.
This is God’s intended purpose for all His people.
“The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them. Deuteronomy 28:8-14
This was Joshua’s immovable confession of faith.
“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
This was no braggadocious verbal posturing to impress people with how spiritual he was. It was a declaration of the position of his heart where obedience to God was concerned.
Likewise throughout the Old and New Testament there are Scriptures that record the immovable faith of those who believed and trusted God more than the ways of the world.
Always Abounding — This is a tough call by any measure of understanding, because we are all flawed people. If being steadfast and immovable are hard, then always abounding would come in at next to impossible for most of us. Always abounding? Really? Yes. That is the call of the believer, every believer. But remember God never asks us to do something He has not first empowered us to do.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
But before we let this trip lightly off our tongues, let’s think about that. Yes. I can do all things, but the reason I can is not the “I” so much as the “Who.” The emphasis is not on the “I can” but on the “Who strengthens.” The power to do all things comes first from Christ. The question then is this. How do we tap into that strength (power) to be able to do all things through Him?
The answer is both simple and complex, but here is the simple one. And this One we can appropriate 24/7 365 — The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit in us is the power of God to work all things in and through us. In the meantime, pray in the Spirit often. Pray and seek the wisdom from above. Study the Word, read it, speak it, act on it. Do what God has commanded and walk in the faith you have today. The rest will come in time.
More detail on this tomorrow…