We often have the unconscious idea that if God does something, it’s done and can’t change. I do wish God would have told Jesus, because it seems Jesus didn’t get the memo. Or maybe our thinking is wrong. I’m going to go with our thinking is wrong and Jesus got it right.
Look at these scriptures: “But hold fast what you have till I come” (Revelation 2:25), and “Hold fast what you have” (Revelation 3:11). These are a couple of verses that make it clear that we can lose what God has given us. We have something to do with our lives and standing fast and holding on to God’s word is one of those things.
Wrong believing has caused some, for instance, to lose their healing. As we’ve studied in the past, there are different methods to obtain healing. If one of those methods used was with the assistance of someone else’s faith, or through the gifts of healings, then the receiver must learn to resist the “fiery darts” of the wicked with the “shield of faith” (Ephesians 6:16) and stand fast on what God has done for them. Satan will probe to find if we’ll receive an ailment again. We must learn to “resist the devil” (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9). This applies to everything God has provided. Satan is a thief, and if he can con you out of your inheritance, he will.
How did Jesus stand firm in the faith? By using the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). Look at how Jesus handled temptation in Matthew 4:1–11. He always resisted the Devil by saying, “It is written” and quoting the appropriate scripture.
Should we be any different? I think not. Jesus is our ultimate example. And how else would we resist temptation?
Jesus stood fast to faith, didn’t give into temptation, and maintained what He had by using His faith in the scriptures. A lesson we need to imitate.
Stay strong and prepared!