Hold It Fast
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Jesus said that fruit is produced in the lives of those who hear the Word in a good heart, and hold it fast, with perseverance (Luke 8:15). The writer of Hebrews said that "we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end (Hebrews 3:14 NAS).

In Corinth, Paul preached the gospel--"that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared" to His disciples (I Corinthians 15:3-5 NAS). Concerning this message, Paul said of the Corinthian believers that they received it, stood in it, and were saved by it, "If you hold fast the word which I preached to you" (I Corinthians 15:1-2 NAS).

The gospel is the power of God to those who are being saved (I Corinthians 1:18). It performs its work in those who receive and believe it (I Thessalonians 2:13). When it is implanted, it is able to save the soul (James 1:21).

But sometimes believers lose their grip on the Word. They fail to keep firm possession of it. Through distraction or forgetfulness, or for reasons of being buffeted or attacked, they cease to embrace the Word tightly but get disconnected from it. Some even turn from it or reject it.

Central to our purpose in Word Based Counseling is the objective of restoring people's hold on the promises of God's word. We desire to direct, encourage, and strengthen people to keep the Word fastened in their hand and heart, to embrace it and not let it go. This is the way to life, fruitfulness, and victory.

May we all consistently "hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful" (Hebrews 10:23).

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