Sunday, April 27, 2008

Stand Your Ground!

1 Peter 5:8 - "Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour."

We are in a real battle, and the stakes are very high as to who will win. Multitudes are in the valley of decision. Souls hang in the balance. We mustn't cede any ground to the enemy. Jesus Christ fought for and won the victory on Calvary. Therefore, we don't have to take any ground, we must simply STAND OUR GROUND.

Eph 6:10
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Eph 6:11
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

Eph 6:13
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.

Eph 6:14
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

3 Times we are told to STAND! Standing is a defensive position not an offensive position. If you stand around on offense, you're going to lose. We are told to stand our ground. We need not give the devil an inch. Why should we fight to gain what Christ has already taken? Christ fought for the ground on Calvary; He was buried and raised from the dead! When He said it is finished, IT WAS! Christ accomplished all that we need. Because it's His, It's ours, because we are in Him! Just claim His victory each day!

This truth was first brought home to me, when I read the book Sit, Walk, Stand by the great missionary Watchman Nee. As Christians, we are to Sit still realizing our eternal position is settled. We are seated together with Christ in Heavenly places. We are to walk in a Christlike manner because of this position; and then we simply must stand.

We don't have to picket, protest, lobby, or legislate; We simply are told to stand. We're not told to rebuke the devil, but simply to resist him steadfastly in the Lord. Why? Because the victory has already been won! Christ won, therefore, we too have won! We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. So, simply stand up, stand up for Jesus this week! Stand in Christ's power and might; Stand with your armor on; and Stand your ground for His glory! LET'S NOT GIVE THE DEVIL AN INCH OF TERRITORY THIS WEEK!

1 comment:

Colvin5776 said...

I preached on this not to long was in a 3 part series called "Stand Still, Shut up and Wait...three odd responces for Gods people"

Moses told his people at the Red Sea, "to stand still and see what the Lord will do" (DCV David Colvin's Version...still better than the NIV....HA),