“Keep a tight grip…”

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“So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech.”
‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:15-17‬ ‭MSG‬‬

I am lucky. I can’t remember a time in my life when I did not have someone older and wiser walking with me. I have had and currently have mentors and good friends who champion truth, people who have entered into my life to disciple me and guide me as I try to figure out the truth of who God says I am. I read this scripture and I see the faces of those who The Lord has brought into my life to point me to Him. I see memories and moments where truth entered into my life in a way that changed everything. I’ve been going to the Vineyard Church for several years now and I will never forget the first time I heard my pastor, Aaron, speak on 1 John 4… that love is greater than fear. It was revolutionary to me and it changed the way I looked at life and made decisions….

Truth enters into our lives. We learn who we are by the grace of God, in seeking Him with our fellow believers.

But it is so easy to slide back into our old ways…to forget truth in the moments we need it the most.

In John 6, after the crowd has left Jesus because of His teachings, Jesus asked Peter if he would leave too. Peter responds by saying “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

“We have believed and have come to know.” Christ entered into our lives and brought life and love and freedom, and we now spend our days seeking Him and His truth.

I love these verses in 2 Thessalonians. There’s such an active call to “keep a tight grip” on what we have come to know. It is so easy to be distracted, to be impatient, to be selfish, to believe the lies floating around everywhere we turn, yet we must faithfully hold to what we believe. So let’s help one another today to be able to cling to the truth we know, to remind one another. We are no alone in this. Standing firm, feet on the ground and head high, ready to hold onto truth as we join God in the renewal of all things.

REFLECT:

Who in your life helps to lead you to the truth of who God is and the truth of who you are?

What parts of the truth seem to slip away easily from you? How can you tighten your grip?

PRAY:

Jesus, Lord, help us to know what is most true about us. Help us to know what is true about the world around us. Lord we thank you for your grace and kindness, that you would give us gifts of knowing you more and more. Lord, let us remember where we have been and what we have been taught and to carry it boldly into the days you’ve set before us. Lord, let your Kingdom come, in our lives and the world around us. Amen.

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