- Lorie Hedgepeth
"...hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering..."
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.”
Notice the first four words of verse 23: “Let us hold fast to our confession…”. Consider with me the need for not only holding fast to our confession, but the need for holding fast to the touch of God on our life. The call of God and serving in the church doesn’t somehow shield us from the tendency to become compromising in our commitment to the Lord.
In 1 Corinthians 15:2, Paul told the Corinthian Christians to hold fast to the Word he had preached.
Paul told the Thessalonians in I Thessalonians 5:21, to hold fast to that which was good.
Paul admonished Timothy to hold fast to the pattern of sound words which Timothy had heard from Paul.
In Hebrews 3:6, Paul indicated that we were the House of God if we held fast the confidence and rejoicing of hope to the end.
In Hebrews 10:23, we are told to hold fast to our confession without wavering.
Peter said in I Peter 5, that although Satan walks about as a roaring lion looking for someone…anyone to devour, we are to resist him steadfast in the faith!
Jesus said in Revelation 2:13, that we are to hold fast to His Name.
Revelation 2:25 tells us that we are to hold fast to what we have.
Jesus said in Revelation 3:3, to hold fast and repent and in Revelation 3:11, Jesus said that we are to hold fast to what we have that no man take our crown.
It’s easy to hold fast when everything is going smoothly, bills are paid, everyone is well, and life is good. I say that and yet many people get comfortable in their blessings and lazy in their walk with God and over time…. they fail in their faith and fervency in God. Hold fast!!
For others, the slightest adversity causes them to lose their tenacity. Those that failed to hold fast in the recent pandemic will find it extremely difficult in the times that are coming to this country, in the days ahead……HOLD FAST TO GOD AND HIS TOUCH ON YOUR LIFE!
To hold fast to the Lord and His touch on our life requires intentionality. It is not automatic with us, nor does it just happen because we are ministers or involved in the church. Holding fast is not accomplished by preaching sermons, visiting hospitals, conducting board meetings, teaching a class, being an usher or serving on the worship team. Based on the scriptural admonitions listed, we must in faith, day-by-day, embrace the Word of God and walk in alertness to the need of guarding what God has done in our life and family. Being steadfast and holding fast to the Lord never comes easy…. but the blessings now and later are worth the battle.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain!”
I Cor. 15:58