March 23, 2015 by maryruwe
Last week we studied about the negative side of stubbornness; stubbornness against God. This week we are studying the flip-side of stubbornness; being stubborn for the Lord. As we learned last week, stubbornness is being inflexible in opinion or intention; unreasonably obstinate; which is unreasonably fixed in one’s purpose or opinion. Those all sound like bad qualities to have but in relationship with our faith in God they can be useful in walking in His Will.
The next two Scriptures give a negative side to stubbornness. But remember if there is a negative side then there is a positive side.
Exodus 32:9 – “The Lord said to Moses, I have seen these people, and indeed it is a ‘stiff-necked’ people”.
Acts 7:51 – “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you”.
God called the Israelites a stubborn and stick-necked people because they were not fixed on His purpose and plan. They didn’t continue in their obedience to Him, and they quit in the midst of difficulties. They didn’t hold firm to His course. To be stiff-necked means to be rebellious and even un-teachable. So there is this negative thought about being stubborn, obstinate, and persistent. But being stubborn is also characterized by qualities of perseverance or persistence, which are good qualities. Perseverance is the continuance in grace; to persist in purpose; to strive in spite of difficulties. Persistence means to continue firmly in some course, to be insistent, as in repeating or continuing an action. Isn’t this what we should be: persistent in striving to be all that God has called us to be? Yes, it is.
So go ahead, be stubborn for God and stand firmly on the His Word that says you are saved, healed, and prosperous, and that all your needs are met in Christ Jesus. Continue in His Word. Strive to not grow weary in well doing. Walk in love and compassion and kindness. Keep your purpose in His purpose, your course in His course, your plan in His plan. Go ahead be unreasonably fixed on the Word of God that says you are an over-comer and that all things can work for your good. (Romans 8:28)
Hebrews 10:23 tells us to hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. So let us be stubborn to hold onto our confessions of faith until they come to pass. Let us be inflexible and unyielding to the pressures to doubt His Word. Let us be stubborn to complete the plan and purpose God has for our life. God is love. God is Love and love never fails. As believers He is in you and me – therefore we cannot fail if we stay connected with Him.