Have You Been Established?
Established means, to make permanent, stable, or secure; to create or find.
For many years I wasn't established like I thought I really was.
It wasn't until I got into hardship that I realized that I needed to be more grounded and established in the things of the Lord yes, but also established more as a man.
You see the Father has no pleasure in weak and feeble children.
He loves them, will care for them, shield and protect them, but He has no joy in it.
) He never made anyone sick.
He never has made one of His children sick or hurt them.
He never oppresses them but instead He uplifts them.
He has provided strength and grace for all (2 Cor.
So there is no reason or us to not be established in Christ or in any other area in our lives.
Every believer owes it to himself to be established in the Word, to be settled and fixed so that he will not be wafted about by every wind and storm.
He should know what he is in Christ, know it so thoroughly that no matter what happens he stands unruffled, unaffected by the storm's and wind's of life.
He should know what Christ is to him, and what He has done for him, and what He is doing for him now.
This threefold knowledge should be a part of his daily equipment.
He should know what belongs to him, what is really his.
) No matter what may happen, he should stand quiet and restful in the consciousness that if God is for him, no one can successfully be his enemy.
) He should know about the indwelling Spirit.
He should become God-indwelt conscious.
) The believer should know what the Word is to him, what it means to him, what the Father intended it should mean to him.
The Word is the food of the recreated spirit.
It is the mightiest thing in all the world.
It slays and makes alive, it cuts and heals! Every believer should know what the Name of Jesus can mean to him in his daily life, so that no matter what happens, he is a victor, and more than a conqueror.
Jesus says, "In my name ye shall cast out demons.
" (Mark 16:17-20.
) You can cast out all demons if you cast out a demon, and you can cast out the work of a demon.
Every believer should be established in this truth.
Instead many are established in weakness; they live under the shadow of it.
Others are established in fear, in the sense of sin, the sense of lack and inability.
We want to learn and must learn how to be established in the Word.
2 Peter 1:12, "Wherefore I shall be ready always to put you in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and are established in the truth which is with you.
" Romans 8:31-38 is God's photograph of the established believer.
I don't have time to quote it and put it down on here, but when you get the time read it for yourself with great care and thought.
Here is the first sentence: "If God is for us, who is against us?" We should be established in this truth.
You know that God is for you.
You know that He is your Father and that He gave up His Son to die for us; "He that spared not His own Son but gave Him up for us all; how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?" You are established in that.
" Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? No one can hinder you now.
God has given you His own Son, His own righteousness.
) So that you can be saved, set free, strengthen and established.