Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. Paul was in a battle, and if you are a child of the King, so are you. Paul finished his race, and so will you. There is an old saying, “Winners never quit, and quitters never win. Rest, if you may, but never quit. The devil’s objective in life, by way of our flesh, is to get us to quit, to lose confidence, to turn back. In our text today, Paul will encourage us and remind us of who we are in Christ and to remind us not to let anyone/any circumstances move us back into the darkness—the old way of thinking; the old way of living. God will allow trials and tribulations to come into our lives, and the devil will try and use those events (loss of a loved one, a prayer not being answered, betrayed by a friend, a church member lying on you, loss of a job, a broken heart) to turn us around and come back to him. On this Christian journey, we all need some encouraging along the way. Listen as Paul speaks to the Christian community at Colosse, most of whom are Gentile converts (THAT`S YOU AND I).
Colossians 1:12 “Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He Loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The Colossians had a hope so secure that it was stored up for them in Heaven where Christ was seated and where their thoughts and hopes were to be focused. As Gentiles who had previously been without God and without hope, they had been united to Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. The Colossians were in a battle just like we are today. Paul was grateful to God for the Colossians’ progress, and we are grateful to God for our progress. The road has not been easy. We are attacked on every side. Psalm 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” Paul also wanted them to grow in their understanding and Godly behavior and to deal with the false teaching that was making inroads into the church. We have false teaching today in the church, with a purpose is to get us to move. We shall not be moved!
In this prayer, Paul is saying The Almighty One has acted on their behalf and already fitted them for an eternal inheritance (HEAVEN). Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Your white Robe is in your closet in your mansion. In John 14, Jesus reassures (paraphrased), “In my Father`s House are many Mansion. I am going there to prepare a place for you and will come back and take you with me. Just hold on, and do not be moved.” Times will get rough; you will be attacked; you will fall short; you will act ungodly sometimes; you will feel like God has forgotten about you and your concerns. I know the Bible says “No Weapon formed against you shall prosper”, but they will form against you.
The darkness wants you back! John, Chapter 3 says that when you were born again, you entered into the Kingdom of God, but the enemy wants to get you back. Why? Because when I was working for the darkness, I was a good worker. Michael Jackson said in a popular song, “Ooh, ooh, Baby, I want you back.” The devil wants you back. He will deceive you. Can the devil give you love? Yes, but it won’t last. Can the devil give you money? Yes, but it won’t last. Whatever the devil gives is just temporary. When God, on the other hand, fixes it, it is fixed; therefore, I shall not be moved because I know that my God will supply all my needs. Stand still, and see the Salvation of the Lord. I shall not be moved! Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint. I shall not be moved. Though our outward man is perishing, we do not lose heart because the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is for a moment, I shall not be moved!
Paul reminds us that Jesus has already delivered us. Do not let the woes of this world turn you back. The Pro wrestling Profession will help us to put this Christian walk in the proper perspective. I love wrestling! Dusty Rhodes, Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, and Ric Flair were my all-time favorite wrestlers, but Pro Wrestling is staged. Before the wrestlers ever enter the ring, it has been predetermined who will win. The contenders go through the battle for entertainment purposes, but the point of the battle is not to decide who will win, but rather, to give the crowd a show. The winner of the match does not battle for victory, but instead, from victory. No worries, no anxiety, no pressure—regardless of the number of times he is hit. Regardless of the number of times he falls down and the referee counts to two, he battles knowing that he has already won.
“Those who come to Jesus Christ have already won. God Allows us to go through our Christian walk, not to win the victory, but to show off to the world that He that is in us is Greater than he that is in the world” (Tony Evans).
I SHALL NOT BE MOVED!