Dig your heels in

Dig your heels in

Acts 14: 3

So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders

 

Sometimes you just have to stay and dig your heels in.

When most of us would move on to a more welcoming place, Paul and his team stayed to do the task of sharing the gospel. Alongside the opposition came the miraculous works of grace, the Spirit providing the support that they needed. The Jews were poisoning the minds of the Gentiles, the teams work looked like it was being undone, so they stayed. They did not fear man more than they feared their God. They were not here for their own comfort but to rescue people from their lost state. This took enormous boldness and courage.

Courage is not the absence of fear but it is acting despite the presence of fear.

Not many know of the story of the 19th century itinerant preacher, Peter Cartwright. On one occasion when Cartwright was speaking, someone told him that US President Andrew Jackson would be in attendance and advised Cartwright to keep his remarks inoffensive. Ignoring such counsel, Cartwright preached a bold message and then concluded, “I have been told that Andrew Jackson is in this congregation, and I have been asked to guard my remarks. What I must say is that Andrew Jackson will go to hell if he doesn’t repent of his sin.” Everyone expected that the shocking statement had offended the President. But as soon as the sermon was over, Jackson strode up to Cartwright and said, “Sir, if I had a regiment of men like you, I would whip the world.”

Charles Spurgeon, the great 19th c. preacher wrote about himself and his colleagues

“Fits of depression come over the most of us … The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy …Such was my experience when I first became a pastor in London. My success appalled me; and the thought of the career which it seemed to open up, so far from elating me, cast me into the lowest depth … Who was I that I should continue to lead so great a multitude?”

The greatest battle to be won is that of yourself and often it is to remain where you are and to hold your ground for the good of the gospel.

Be bold be strong, for the Lord our God is with me … I remember singing this song like it was yesterday. How I need those words today in my life!

Today, dig your heels in, don’t back down, don’t run away, God will enable you to remain for the victory.

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