We live in some very challenging times and it’s very evident that the attacks against the body of Christ are at an all-time high. It can be tiring and almost drain this life out of us if we let it. Many are going through some horrendous trials and tribulations right now and there may seem like there is no end in sight. It’s easy to quote scripture and write about this when all is well, but quite another, when all manner of hell is coming against you. Believe me, I’m in the thick of it just like many of you are. So how are we to react to the storms that are upon us? It can all be summed up in one word; stand. Now what exactly does it mean to stand?
If we do a quick work study on stand there are several meanings that come to the forefront:
“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong,” I Corinthians 16:13 (KJV). When our whole world is crumbling around us, we are not to lay down and live in defeat, we are to stand. To quit is to conduct yourself in a particular manner. So this verse is not saying to give up but to behave like men and be strong. Just remember that our strength comes from God and not ourselves.
II Thessalonians 2:15, (KJV),” Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” To stand fast is to be firm in your beliefs and immovable in your convictions. The reason that so many Christians become deceived and are falling prey to strange doctrines is because they are not standing fast. You have to know what you believe and why you believe it. If not, you will be easily convinced to wander into dangerous territory. You will be tossed to and fro and not have any real spiritual stability. You’ll be guided by your emotions and not the Spirit of God.
Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage,” (KJV).
Stand, when all hell is breaking loose around you. Stand, when those closest to you betray you. Stand, when members of your own household hate you. Stand, when everyone turns against you and it seems as if you’re all alone. Stand, in the midst of persecution and affliction. Stand, through the tears and the pain. Stand, through the loneliness and in your darkest hour. Stand and remember that “…..weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning,” Psalms 30:5(KJV).
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