“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering—(for He is faithful that promised).”
When we remember He’s the “Anchor of our soul” (Heb. 6:18-19), we can “hold fast” because we know we’re always in His “Grip of Grace.”
That’s what the anonymous author of today’s Manna is talking about in the battle of faith. He knew (as do we) that we’re embroiled in spiritual warfare, whether we realize or admit it or not (Eph. 6:10-18). That’s why we must “hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;” otherwise the evil one and his cohorts from hell will gain the advantage (II Cor. 2:11), doing great damage to God’s Church and Kingdom Work.
The Greek word “katcheo” is used here for “hold fast” and also means “to hold down, seize, possess, retain, etc.” Thus, it’s a “consecrated clinging to” that says “ I may bend, but I will not bow or break.” And, like the three Hebrew children, being threatened with a seven-times-hotter-than-normal fiery furnace, we do not succumb to others’ threats or the devil’s taunts; instead, like them, we say “Our God is faithful—and He will deliver us FROM the furnace or IN the furnace” (Dan. 3:17-18). Hallelujah!!
Nowadays it seems that our faith is under attack on every hand. Some are launching a frontal assault, while others are more subversive in their ploy, secretly trying to chip away at its foundation whenever they can.
But, again, we should not fear; instead, we should “hold fast the profession of our faith WITHOUT WAVERING.” This will not come easily or without intentional effort; however, again, as we stay rooted in Christ. . .remembering “the One Who promised us is faithful”. . .we shall stand firm with spiritual, dogged determination even as the 100 or so American soldiers dug in against over 1,500 Mexican soldiers laying siege for 13 days against the Alamo.
They were greatly outnumbered; but their spirits were not broken.
They were greatly outgunned; but their wills were as firm as tempered steel.
And, so it must be for us in the last days. Our cry will not be “Remember the Alamo,” that became the famous battle cry for future Texans in every generation; instead, our cry is “Remember the Christ! And, remember the Cross!” Glory!!
Yes, dear Pilgrim, now is the time for everyone who professes Jesus as Savior and Lord to get on the firing line. Truly, “we wrestle not with flesh-and-blood” (Eph. 6:12) and “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (II Cor. 10:4).
Therefore, do not fear; dig in your spiritual heels and say without hesitation, “I know in Whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that Day” (II Tim. 1:12a). Remember: “Greater is He Who’s within you than he who is in the world” (I Jn. 4:4) and “overcoming faith is that which gives us the victory” (I Jn. 5:4b). Amen and amen.
By Tom Smith Morning Manna Dated March 6, 2011