“If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;”
To “continue” means to persist in an activity or a process. When someone continues in the faith, they are continuing doing what they are supposed to do day in and day out. To continue doing something doesn’t mean that it will always be fun or enjoyable, but if the process of what you are doing is right, you will eventually enjoy the fruit that the process brings. Too many people give up quickly because they don’t see the immediate fruit when they should continue what they are supposed to do.
God commands the believer to “continue in the faith.” God doesn’t suggest that the believer continues in the faith, but He commands the believer to “continue in the faith.” That means no matter what you face or how hard it gets, you are to “continue in the faith.” There are six things you have to do if you are going to “continue in the faith.”
First, you must get grounded in God’s Word. The believer who has a shallow knowledge of God’s Word will have a shallow faith, and a shallow faith easily quits in the hard times. My friend, you must learn what you believe from God’s Word. One of the reasons you must be faithful to church is so that you get grounded in God’s Word.
Second, settle in your heart that living the faith is the best life to live. In the verse above, God says that the faith must be “grounded and settled.” In other words, stop looking for a different life to live, jump in all the way, and settle in your heart that there is no better life than living for God. Let me remind you that the world’s way has nothing on living for God. The world’s way of living brings heartache and death, but living for God brings joy and fulfillment without regrets.
Third, you must watch your associations if you are going to continue in the faith. Bad associations will pull you away from the faith if you are not careful. Be careful about your associations, and if any of them hinder you from serving the LORD, you would be wise to sever those relationships for the sake of continuing your walk of faith.
Fourth, you must listen to preaching if you are going to continue in the faith. Preaching has a way of encouraging you to keep going when you want to quit. It would be wise for you to listen to scriptural preaching that stirs you to continue doing more for the LORD. You will find that real preaching always challenges you to continue.
Fifth, you must be a soul winner if you are going to continue in the faith. When you are a soul winner, you will find that people will start depending on you, and the confidence that people have in you will stir you to continue doing right. You will find those who never go soul winning will have a stagnant faith.
Sixth, you must be a servant to all if you are going to continue in the faith. When you take your eyes off yourself to serve others, you won’t have time to think about how hard the walk is or if there is another life to live. Giving your life to serve others always results in joy, and it always stirs the believer to continue in the faith. Serving others brings a joy to the believer’s walk that stirs you to want to continue serving because of the pleasure it brings to your life.