IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: AND HAVING DONE ALL TO STAND, STAND!
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Summary: Before standing you have to do other things first. You have to be adequately prepared to overcome the schemes of the devil.
There are a lot of people who live by the philosophy of “Whatever will be will be” and think that whatever happens good or bad is God’s will. They say if you’re meant to have it you will have it and if you’re not, you won’t. If it’s God’s will, it will happen. It’s like the old song, “Que Sera Sera” whatever will be will be. Doris Day sang this song and what it means is that the future is up in the air. Whatever is going to happen will happen. It’s no use regretting or resisting what you don’t have any control over.
The Bible doesn’t say to just drift along and see what happens.
One scripture back in the Old Testament mentions that we have been given choices when he told Joshua, “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15) The subject of that sentence is you. You choose whom you will serve.
Christian who stays in depresssion is a contradiction of terms.
God said, “I have come to give you life, and give it to you abundantly.”
If we believe the Word of God, then we ought to be able to come through our
depression and live a victorious life.
Having done all, to stand.” Having put on the armor of
God, our loins gird about with Truth, the breastplate of righteousness, our
feet shod with the gospel of preparation of peace, the shield of faith,
the helmet of salvation.
Now He has two other things that I’d like to bring to your attention.
When we see these we can stand and win the spiritual battle that’s going
on for every Christian and against every non-believer in Jesus Christ.
Let’s look, first of all, at what He says, “Take the sword of the spirit,
which is the Word of God.” This is an offensive weapon, the weapon that
helps us take charge of the fight. When you’ve got something that you can
move in to the fray with and attack the enemy. We attack the enemy with
the Word of God. Take the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God.
There are two words in the New Testament that stand for the Word of
God. One word means All The Scripture, everything you have from Genesis
to Revelation. That’s one word, the all-incompassing word for the revealed
Word of God. (John 1:1) That Word is God, Jesus is the Word, God is the
Word, the Holy Spirit is the Word. Everything in the Bible is God’s Word to us.
The second word means, “For Specific Occasions.” Certain things that
come out of the Word of God minister to our needs on special occasions. Are
you facing fear? You can quote from God’s Word, “For God has not given
us a spirit …
What do you do when you are stuck at the crossroads, and you’ve done all you can? Stand. You. Just. Stand.
While this advice may seem counterintuitive and illogical to those of you who may be broken and collapsed due to emotional, spiritual, relational, or even physical trials, I believe it is God’s answer for you today.
How do I know?
Personal, painstaking experience. Yes, I have been on a prolonged journey to standing. And it is in this place of brokenness and pain, fear and insecurity, that God is meeting me and teaching me how to stand again.
Usually, we rely on the automatic “fight or flight” response when we face an obstacle or adversary. Sometimes we pull ourselves together, gather our resources, and prepare to fight. Other times, we run for cover hoping to protect ourselves from the flying shrapnel, waiting until the storm passes.
God offers an alternative: Stand.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 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.” Ephesians 6:10-13 (NIV)
“…and after you have done everything, to stand.”
word “withstand” often implies successful resistance i.e. withstand means a resistance of two forces at opposite sides and the weakest link will give in.
When you have done all according to the word of God and it seems like nothing is happening, then stand. This means you need to maintain the endurance to endure, that faith as a mustard seed yet the tenacity and boldness of the righteous sustained by the conquering power of Christ.
Stand firm, hold your ground, and defend your territory against the enemy, by submitting to God and hitting the enemy in the name of Jesus. This will surely make us to overcome in the evil day. Hallelujah!”
Turn on your television set and virtually every channel shouts headlines at you about wars, disasters, famine, cruelty, poverty, and the like. They are very real situations and are not to be ignored. However, we must not and cannot be swayed or waver in our faith and in God’s Word, by what is taking place on the Earth.
This is all a tactic of Satan to weaken us so that we will drop our guard and lose heart. If we will prepare our hearts now, build ourselves up against the forces of darkness, against the devil and his cohorts, we will overcome all of his pernicious and deceptive tactics.
“But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].” 2 Timothy 3:1 (AMP)
Perilous: difficult, i.e. dangerous, furious, and fierce times. (Strong’s Concordance) Everything the Bible says about the last days is unfolding before our very eyes today.
“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17
Jesus said in John 16:33: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”
We must be the light and the salt of the Earth, complaining is not going to help, it will only dishearten and bring us down.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”. Proverbs 3:5-6
We have to stand strong in the face of adversity and remind ourselves that when we trust the Lord and acknowledge Him, He directs our path.
We all face challenges daily – some more difficult than others, nevertheless, it is during these times especially, that we must stand firm on God’s word which is the sword of the Spirit – it is the only weapon that doesn’t get dull or blunt with use – the more you use it, the sharper it gets.
God is calling us to a higher plain and a higher walk with Him. He’s calling us to a deeper holiness, boldness, godly character and integrity. He’s calling us to walk in His anointing, a deeper realm of glory, and fervency with His Spirit. This ultimately leads us to stability, a deeper understanding, and an experiential knowledge of His Son and of His Spirit.
I pray this week that you meditate on this devotional and find the strength and endurance to stand against the trials you may face and overcome all your challenges, while successfully continuing to enter the deeper realms of the glory of God!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
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