60 Seconds – Steadfast and ImmovableAuthor: Dave Arnold
From John Wesley’s journal we have this paraphrase,
“May 5th: A.M.: Preached in St. Ann’s; was asked not to come back. P.M: preached at St. John’s; deacons said, ‘Get out and stay out.’
May 12th A.M.: preached at St. Andrew’s; elders called a special meeting and said not to return. P.M.: preached on the street and was run off.
May 26th A.M.: preached in a field; got chased by a bull that was set loose.
June 2nd A.M: preached at the edge of town; police moved me. P.M: preached in a pasture and 10,000 people came!”
Paul admonished us to “be steadfast and immovable” (1 Corinthians 15:58) meaning to be “settled, firm, letting nothing shake our faith or move us away.”
J. Oswald Sanders wrote, “It is significant that the word ‘persecute’ in Philippians three, sixteen is the same as ‘press on’ in Philippians three, fourteen.”
Seventeen year old Joan of Arc was determined to right the human injustices in France. When asked, “What if no one follows you?” She answered, “I’ll never notice because I won’t look back.”
In Luke 18:1, Christ warned of becoming “faint.” The Greek word for faint means “relax, become weak or weary in faith, give up the struggle, no longer wait for completion.”
Johannes Tauler, the German theologian (1300 – 1361) declared, “If a man loves God truly, and has no will except to do God’s will, the whole force of the Rhine River may rush at him, and yet will not disturb him or interrupt his peace.”
In Zephaniah 3:16 and 17, we read, “Zion, let not your hands be slack. The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save.”
Alexander was informed that there was a formidable army of hundreds of thousands of Persians prepared to defeat him. He answered, “Yet, one butcher fears not myriads of sheep.” “Ah!” said another, “when the Persians draw their bows, their arrows are so numerous that they darken the sun.” Alexander responded, “It will be fine to fight in the shade!”
Remember, “Faith makes things possible; it does not make them easy” (Vernie W. Reed).