The long awaited Day 3! (Apologies in advance for a rather chopped up piece today. The points are all there but the mood to make it flow isn’t in me today. I’M TIRED. And hungry. I shall make myself a hot chocolate.)
Definition of “Stand”: Maintaining a specific posture, namely, standing upright
At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Matt 24:10 – 14
Stand firm: To endure, remain, persevere
Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in the front of the new courtyard 6 and said:
“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 7 Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 ‘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.’
2 Chron 20:5-9
To stand in God’s presence here, in the midst of trouble and calamity, is the opposite of running away.
This is the position we are called to take up, to stand. God is looking for people who will stand firm to the very end. He wants us to maintain that posture even if and when we don’t know what is going on. Our circumstances shouldn’t determine our stance. Our stance ought to be independent of everything else going on outside. Simply because it is a stance built on faith and that comes from the inside. That is a commitment.
12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
2 Chron 20:12
This is faith man. To reach the level where you can just live with such abandon because you know God has it all worked out. Wow. Our stand is a choice that we can make. And this is the kind of stand I want to make.
So how does one stand well against the many many curveballs life throws at us?
Your position. Your position is key. Where you stands determine how long you can stand.
And where’s the best place to stand on?
God’s Word. God’s Word is solid ground. It really is the rock we should build our house upon because it will never pass or fade away. With that assurance in mind, we can and will stand in faith against the waves and tides and whatnot because our God is the Rock. Stand on God’s Word.
Stand in God’s Love. Know that His love is real, He does love you, He does so much. Know that His love is unconditional.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Stand in His Will. God has a plan. Standing in His Will may require stepping out of certain comfort zones and securities but it doesn’t leave you stepping into air. Stepping out of places means you’ll be stepping into new territory as well, stepping into God’s promises, into God’s providence and into God’s hands. I’d say it’s a good deal hoho.
12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.
Stand firm in maturity, which means knowing the heart of God alongside His will.
Stand in the gap for your friends and family. Standing in the gap is what I always consider to be a true honor and privilege because God is using you to determine the victory of someone else out there. It’s really such a privilege to be used by God to reveal Himself to someone else. Stand in the gap.
Standing is not a passive, it’s active. Making a decision to respond in a certain way is standing. Stand firm in faith (not in foolishness), even in the small decisions. This posture in our faith determines our actions. Get this: If you don’t stand firmly in faith, you don’t stand at all.
58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, 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.
1 Cor 15:58
This is the posture of surrender we are called to take up.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
And we are called to stand on guard. There is real spiritual warfare out there, no matter how archaic and fantastical it sounds. And it’s intense. It really is. Lives, souls are at stake. You can be sure that evil does lurk around to tempt us and try to make us stumble. So stand firm on your guard. Give them no opportunity. We are more than conquerors and that’s the truth. Stand firm because we have already won and are claiming the victory.
12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
1 Cor 10:12
Pretty self-explanatory, methinks.
And finally, you never walk alone.
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 the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.
I thought that this was a pretty good reminder. It’s stuff I’m sure we know somewhere at the back of our heads and it’s all pretty easy to say, relatively self-explanatory and all.
But to stand, really stand in God, with God, on his word, against everything else… well, I won’t admit that it’s an easy thing to do. Sometimes, we just don’t because we forgot or something. And yet, standing in God is something I believe is worth it. It’s the only important decision you have to make and keep making. You’re either standing for God or not.
And at least for me, standing like that, for God, well it’s something I’ll keep working at for the rest of my life. I might spend my whole life learning to stand firm, but because it’s standing firm with God, I will.