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I Shall Not Be Moved
Nothing can stop a child of God. Nothing can hold him down, shake him, overthrow him, overpower him, or ruin him. No matter which weapon is formed against him, it cannot and will not prevail.
Throughout the Scriptures, we find such verses as - "The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth"(Proverbs 10:30). Proverbs 10:25 tells us - "As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation." And again, Psalm 112:6 says of the man who fears the Lord - "Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance."
"Never be removed"
"An everlasting foundation"
"In everlasting remembrance"
What could possibly be the cause of such permanency and stability?
What keeps the righteous from being shaken, overthrown, knocked out of course, and brought to ruin?
There are Five Basic Principles brought out in the Scriptures - explaining the steadfastness of the believer in Christ.
# 1 His Confidence Is In The Lord
Psalm 125:1 says - "They that trust in the LORD shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever."
The Holy Spirit used the illustration of a mountain to prove the firmness and stability of the believer who places his total trust and confidence in the Lord. We all know that a mountain cannot be easily moved. So it is with the believer who has abandoned all other confidences and depends totally on the Lord Jesus. This believer cannot "be removed." In other words, he cannot be shaken or overthrown. He cannot totter or slip out of course. The "prince of the power of the air"(Ephesians 2:2), who is his enemy, cannot - with all of his subtlety and strength - move him.
This man is trusting in the Lord, and he is "blessed"(Jeremiah 17:7). He heard "the word of Truth" and has placed his total trust in the Lord(Ephesians 1:13). God is his "rock," "salvation," and "defense"(Psalm 62:2). Therefore, nothing - no lie, no physical, mental, or emotional attack - can move him. He is trusting in the Lord, knowing that he resultantly shall not be desolate(Psalm 34:22). He shall never be ashamed nor shall his enemies triumph over him(Psalm 25:2). His overall attitude is - God is in my midst; therefore, I will not allow any assignment or trick of the devil to shake me(Psalm 46:5).
#2 He Believes That Jesus Is The Christ, The Son Of The Living God
Matthew 16:18 says - "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
The Apostle John revealed to us the importance of our declaration of Faith in Jesus as the Son of God when he said - "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"(1 John 5:4-5) The foundation of God's Church - those who are called out of the world - is their belief in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God. "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God..."(1 John 5:1). On the other hand, those who deny this principal truth are liars and antichrists - "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist..."(1 John 2:22). Nonetheless, those who have the spirit of error and are of this world and speak of this world(1 John 4:5-6) are overcome by the Children of God because "greater is He" that is in them than he that is in the world(1 John 4:4).
In Matthew 16:18, the Lord Jesus assured us - "...I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it." Upon the confession that He is indeed the Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Lord Jesus is erecting a purified and strong Church - one of which the gates of Hell cannot ever overcome, overpower, or be superior in strength. The plots, stratagems, machinations, or strength of Satan and his evil cohorts can never prevail.
What are these "gates" that Jesus was referring to? In ancient times, the "gates" represented the principal places where business transactions and court and public matters were held and deliberated. They were the places used to hold councils and where decisions were made. Consequently, they were considered places of great strength. The "gates of Hell" would then represent the counsels, designs, and purposes drawn up against the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. But Jesus assured us that "the gates of hell shall not prevail" against His church who believes in Him.
Over and over again the Scriptures confirm this declaration -
"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper..."(Isaiah 54:17).
"Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect?"(Romans 8:33).
"Who is he that condemneth?"(Romans 8:34)
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?"(Romans 8:35)
"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us"(Romans 8:37)
"...neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord"(Romans 8:38-39).
#3 He Has Departed From Iniquity
2 Timothy 2:19 says - "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity."
1 Corinthians 3:11 tells us - "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." Ephesians 2:20 also refers to this same foundation in each believer's life - "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone."
We read the words of the Apostle Paul to Timothy - "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure..." The "foundation of God" in each believer's life "standeth." It abides, continues, is held up, is kept intact, and stands firm. It is able to sustain the authority or force of anything. It weathers all storms raised against it. It "standeth sure." It is unchanging, steadfast, and immovable.
What causes this stability to continue or stay intact? The answer is simple - No Sin in the believer's life - "...let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." Sin causes instability and weakness in a believer's life; whereas, Holiness causes stability and strength.
#4 He Walks In Continuous Obedience
1 John 2:17 says - "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
This Christian is not disturbed by anything. He fears the Lord and delights greatly in His commands(Psalm 112:1). Therefore, he fears nothing or no one else - even evil tidings - for "...his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid..."(Psalm 112:7-8). He doesn't talk about doing the Will of God. He executes and carries out God's Will - His desires, pleasures, inclinations, commands, precepts, purposes, and decrees. He condemns the world like Noah did with his obedience(Hebrews 11:7).
He is a lover of God and not a lover of the world and its seductions and entrapments. Consequently, he is certain to abide for ever. He will last; he will continue onward in his Christianity; he will endure through "thick or thin;" he will remain as a steadfast Christian and not become another through disobedience or compromise. Though the violent rainstorms of life descend upon him; the torrents come; the strong tempestuous winds violently rush upon him and his property - he will not fall into ruin for his life is founded on Christ and His Word which he faithfully obeys.
#5 He Belongs To The Kingdom of God
Hebrews 12:28 says - "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved..."
The Prophet Isaiah prophesied of this kingdom - "Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end..."(Isaiah 9:7).
The Prophet Daniel described it as such - "...His dominion is an everlasting dominion..."(Daniel 7:14) and "...whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him"(Daniel 7:27). Lastly, Luke wrote in His Gospel - "...and of His kingdom there shall be no end"(Luke 1:33).
Because the believer in Christ is Born-Again into this permanent and unchanging kingdom - he is unshaken, immovable, and can never fail.
Proverbs 10:30 says - "The righteous shall never be removed..."
Proverbs 10:25 adds - He is "an everlasting foundation."
His confidence is in the Lord. He believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He has departed from iniquity. He walks in continuous obedience. He belongs to the kingdom of God.
Nothing Can -
...Hold Him Down
...or Ruin Him.
His life is founded on a "a sure foundation"(Isaiah 28:16) - the Lord Jesus Christ. No matter which device Satan conjures up against him, it cannot and will not prevail.
May God Bless His Word.