Many Christians are easily moved from their original beliefs and values.
What about you?
When Paul’s life was threatened, he said that he considered his life worth nothing to himself. His mission was to finish the race and complete the task the Lord had given him – testifying the good news of God’s grace, (see Acts 20:24). The Apostle Paul experienced a lot of hardships, afflictions, persecutions, and all manner of problems in his life and ministry, but, as we can tell from the scriptures, he was determined to do three things: fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep (2 Timothy 4:7).
Let me share four areas in which you should be unmovable.
Do Not Allow Circumstances to Move You.
No Christian should feel under the circumstances since circumstances are under God. God wants to change you, not your circumstances. It would help if you adapted to stay alive.
Do Not Allow Offenses and Afflictions to Move You.
Offenses speak of being offended by others, upset with systems, displeased, and disgruntled. Afflictions speak of distresses, sufferings, troubles, torments, diseases and sicknesses, calamities, grief, and hardships. We must encounter many troubles, afflictions, and offenses in our Christian pilgrimage of faith on this side of heaven – Acts 14: 21 – 22.
When you become a local church member, you are not joining a group of perfect angels. We are all a work in progress. Practice love towards other believers. In the same vein, other believers will also have to put up with you. Check your feelings when you attend the church service late and the ushers relocate you to a new place to sit. You can’t be irritated because the Pastor sometimes forgets your name.
Do Not Let Bitterness Move You Away From God.
Bitterness refers to resentment, anger, hostility, and hurt. Bitterness is an advanced and developed form of offense. It’s a deep-seated and long-standing complicated offense. Many people who walk out of a local church nurture a feeling of offense, and become bitter.
Bitter people allow their hurts to generate into unhealed wounds of the heart. They separate themselves from other saints in the name of being cautious and not wanting to be hurt again. This should not be you in Jesus’ name. If someone wrongs you, forgive them and ask God to help you forget the offense. Don’t allow Satan to separate you from the fellowship of brethren in the church.
Do Not Move From The Path Of Righteousness.
The world we live in is under the delusion that there are shortcuts to everything. Short cuts are too good to be true and too quick to be real. Satan offered Jesus Christ a shortcut to the Kingdoms of this world ( Matthew 4:8 – 9). Jesus was too wise to fall for the temptation to take a shortcut. He decided to stay on the path of righteousness.
Don’t think or assume there must be some shortcut routes to heaven. We cannot afford to escape the cross. Jesus said, “Take up thy cross and follow me.” There are no shortcuts in Christianity. Pay your full tithe, pray ceaselessly, fast, and witness to the unsaved to make Christ known. Practice righteousness. Stay unmoved.