In fact, I often hear people say this or that, but when asked to explain further they sometimes respond with little more than a quizzical gaze (and I'm often one of them!) or, worse, a rote reply.
A question I ask myself (often silently) when I encounter such a thing - be it in the scriptural text or on the lips of others/self - is: So, what would that look like?
As I read through Paul's letter to the Philippians, I ran across this collection (again), and it began the process of fleshing out what it might look like to
He actually tells us if we back up a bit ...
1. Put no confidence in the flesh (vs 3:3)
2. Press on (vs 3:12)
3. Live up to/according to what you've already learned; already know (vs 3:16)
4. Assemble with other believers (vs 3:17)
5. Recognize our true citizenship (the heavenly one) (vs 3:20)
6. Eagerly (as opposed to fearfully or fanatically) await the return of Jesus (vs 3:20)
7. Trust the Lord (not self, not pastor, not mystical enterprises) to transform us
Ohhhhh, that's what standing firm looks like!
There's a myriad other texts that put meat on the standing bones:
And may we never forget Who it is that fits us for the Art of the Firm Stand ...