Stand Firm, Be Strong!” 1 Corinthians 16:13 


The apostle Paul writes that we should be watchful, stand firm in the faith and be strong. The implication is evident. We have to be on guard because there are enemies that will destroy us. What enemies? They are there we can be sure. Didn’t Pogo state the truth when he declared, “We havemet the enemy and he is us?” How can we resist those forces that want to sweep away, break us down, starting with the self- destructive motives of our own desires?

Shouldn’t it be as simple as understanding our purpose in life? Isn’t it to gain, to gather and to conquer? We are geared that way, aren’t we? We can and are winners, victors, but not by what the world tells us is important. Paul speaks to this in his letter to the Romans when he writes “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” Romans 12:2 As our minds are renewed, as we understand our purpose in life, who gives us life, we can and will remain firm in our faith and strong in His victory. The challenge then is, how do we renew our mind?


Question: What remains of the city of Corinth today?

Answer: In 1858, the old city of Corinth, Ancient Corinth; (a town 2mi SW of the modern city) was totally destroyed by an earthquake. The new city of Corinth was founded on the coast of the Gulf of Corinth.