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Stand Up

Sometimes we do stand up for what we believe. We tell someone it’s wrong to use God’s name as a cuss word, or we ask our unbelieving friends what they think happens after they die. But more often than not, it seems we just sink deeper into our chair, change the subject, leave the room, or just tell our conscience to take a hike. Our convictions are a private matter, we rationalize (that is, rational lies). It’s important not to make waves or come across as if we’re better than somebody else.

When we make decisions to obey God—even when it costs us something—and to live out our faith in our day-to-day life, it will be hard, but it will be good. And it will be good because God loves to bless us when we are faithful to stand for Him. When we understand that, doing the hard thing of taking a stand will always be the easiest choice.

Through every stand, God will strengthen our convictions and our faith—and we’ll be prepared for even bigger challenges in the future.

Excerpted from Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris

Daily Reflection: How can you live out your life in obedience to God today, despite difficulties?

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