Stand Watch and Be on Guard

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong
— 1 Corinthians 16:13

Paul is saying to the Corinthians, Stay alert. stand your ground in the faith, be a man, be strong!

In 1775, just before America would become an independent nation, there were many who feared not knowing the future of their independence. But there were many brave men during that time like Paul Revere who were committed to fight for their freedom and to warn others.

I love history, but I must admit that the only thing I could remember about Paul Revere was his famous ride warning the colonist that the British were coming. I did a little internet research and found out that he was a silversmith by trade and that he committed his life to fight for America’s Independence.

The story begins when the British soldiers were ordered to Concord, Massachusetts, to destroy any supplies found and to take prisoner all the colonial leaders. Thank God there were men who were alert and watching. They found out about the British plan and sent Paul Revere to warn the people, reaching Lexington about midnight. It was April 18, 1775, when Paul Revere made his famous ride warning the people that the British were coming.

When the British arrived in Lexington the next day, the “minutemen” were waiting. They had a great victory over the British and it was made possible because Paul Revere and others like him had been alert, and ready to act.

In our text, Paul is telling the Corinthians how important it was to stand watch and be on guard. He knew they were in the middle of spiritual warfare, with forces trying to defeat and discourage them, robbing them of God’s blessings. Throughout their lives, they needed to be alert. To stand firm and not compromise. To be strong, trusting in the Lord.

I have posted several sermons this year warning Christians that we need to realize that we are in a spiritual war that we cannot ignore. God is always ready to protect us and give us victory, but we must do our part. As Peter wrote, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8).

It is my duty and yours to warn Christians that the enemy is coming. He’s coming to my house and your house, my family and your family, my city and your city. Make sure that you are alert and ready. Confident in victory. Trusting in God. Ready to fight! God Bless!!