By: Tim Sader
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then.
Last week we learned about the importance of being obedient to the Lord and how we will be blessed when we do so. Obedience is a concept most learn as children so they will be safe and live a long life. It continues into our spiritual walk with God since by being obedient to Him we will receive blessings, want for nothing good and be made righteous. What we chose to serve in life we become slaves to, if it’s the things of the world we are obeying sin but if it’s the things of God we serve Him. When Adam chose to listen to temptation and ate the fruit he made us all in bondage to sin by disobedience but if we believe in Christ His obedience to suffer death on a cross made us righteous. If we follow Christ when He speaks to our hearts we must learn to listen so we can have a blessed life full of grace and peace. Being obedient may not always be what the flesh wants but until our desires become more like Christ we may have to make sacrifices. We must learn to Stand for what is right despite the desires we feel. When writing this I felt like I finally knew what the Lord means by Stand it has the potential to transform my life. It truly was a divine revelation from the Lord so today seemed like a good day to learn how to Stand the way the Lord wants us to. Stand so we can be ready for the plans He has in store for us. While learning how to face spiritual battles we discussed the full armor of God, which is spiritual armor that defends us against the attacks of the enemy. In today’s scripture it tells us to put on our armor so we will be prepared for the enemy’s attack. Then it says, “to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then!” We must be willing to Stand for whatever it is we’re seeking God for and even when it seems hopeless we need to keep standing because He will see us.
In Exodus 14:13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.” Moses had a close relationship with the Lord and he fully put his trust in Him. He knew the Lord would deliver them from the hand of their pursuers if they would Stand and believe in the power of God. He will protect us and deliver us from trouble when we stand firm on His word and remember all the good things He has done. 1 Samuel 12:16 says, “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes!” Are we believing for something special from the Lord, are we seeking His promises in our life? If so Stand Still and watch what the Lord is about to do. If we have prayed, read our bible, know the promises and believe He has done it then Stand and it will come. The Lord will do what he said He will do when we stand and simply watch Him move. No matter what is coming against us when we remember the Lord first and lift it up to him we can’t go wrong. 2 Chronicles 20:9 says, “If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.” In all these terrible scenarios listed we are told to Stand in his presence and cry out to Him. He wants us to reach down inside of our temple and enter into His presence, stand on His promises and He will save us in our time of need. Psalm 40:2 says, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” When we enter his presence and cry out to Him in trouble He will pull us from the pit and set us in a place of safety. He will deliver us and give us a firm place to stand. When We pulls us through something we are delivered; it is a victory and each victory moves us to a higher level. As our feet are planted firm and our faith grows we will have a stronger foundation to stand on.
In Joshua 7:10 The LORD said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face?” In this verse Joshua is troubled greatly because Israel is facing an enemy, which seems impossible to defeat. He prays and prays for the people; finally the Lord tells him to stand up because he has work to do before Israel can win this battle. Sometimes there are things we know the Lord wants us to do and sitting around praying when He is waiting for obedience won’t get it done. We need to Stand and do what He asks then we will see Him move for us. Jeremiah 1:17 says, “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.” Here the Lord is saying stand and listen to what I say then do it without fear or be terrified by the opposition and fall into their trap. In Ezekiel 2:1 it says, “The Lord said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” If we stand when the Lord tells us to He will speak to us. If we want to hear the Lord it is time to stand and listen for His voice so we can be ready when the enemy comes. Then we will be able to Stand and fight, not fall in defeat.
Psalm 24:3-6 says, “Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob.” To stand in the holy place we must be pure, not distracted by idols or following what is false. If we do what is right we receive blessings and vindication from God. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” We must stand firm in the Lord and let nothing move us because He is in control. To do this we should always be doing the Lords work because His work is not in vain and doing so keeps us in His will for our lives. In 1 Corinthians 16:13 it says, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” To stand on God’s foundation we must be on guard and Stand firm in our faith. Part of standing is being strong and having courage despite how things look. We must continue to Stand no matter what.
Mark 11:24-25 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Whatever we ask when we pray will be ours if we believe we received it. Notice it says, when we stand praying, forgive so our Father will forgive us. When we pray we must stand for what we are praying and believe then the Lord will see we get what we need. When Paul was in Lystra he saw that a crippled man had faith to be healed. In Acts 14:10 he called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.” Paul saw this man standing in faith for His healing and acted on what this man was standing for and he received exactly what he needed. The man literally stood after being cripple his whole life, he jumped up and began walking at the command to stand. Romans 5:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.” We have been justified through or faith in Christ and have now gained access by faith to the grace we stand on. When we stand by grace we always have the hope of Gods glory because He shows up when we stand. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 says, “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.” If we take our stand on the gospel that saved us we are truly standing for our beliefs. Otherwise we are standing on nothing and have believed in vain. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 says, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” When we stand firm in Christ He sets His seal upon us. His Spirit enters our hearts and guarantees what our end will be.
In James 5:7-8 it tells us, “Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” When we Stand we must be patient just as the farmer, waiting for the rains and harvest to see the fruit. We must stand firm because the Lord is coming back soon. Luke 21:28 says, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” The end is coming so we need to stand and be ready and the Lord will reward us with eternal life. The Lord will save those who are faithful and stand on his truth, follow him in all things. The Lord is asking believers to stand for their faith, for grace, glory, salvation and for return of Christ. He wants our attention and wants us to be on our feet ready when the enemy tries to attack us. If we are sitting around living a passive Christian life we are missing our full potential. Each of us have been blessed with gifts and talents we need to stand in to glorify God and build a foundation for us to stand on. Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” We should stand in what we believe because of what Christ did to give us freedom from sin. Since we have been given this freedom we must stand in it so we do not become slaves to sin again. Who the son sets free is free in deed. Make a stand for the Lord today, put on the armor, be strong in faith, always pray and always stand even when it’s hard. Stand and keep standing by the power he has given us.