Saturday, January 7th
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by faith you stand" (2 Corinthians 1:24)
Observe three stances vital in a believer's
life. One, by faith we STAND. People who won't take a stand for something will
fall for anything. One's stand is his position on an issue. One citizen takes a
stand in favor of building a new high school, another takes a stand against
upping the sales tax by a penny. Stance labels what side of the fence you are
on. Peter "standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said..." (Acts 1:14) Others won't know where you stand until you stand. And the best way to know what a
person stands for is to know what he won't stand for! I stand on the Book. I
stand on marriage being between one man and one woman. I stand doctrinally on
salvation by the blood, the inerrancy of scripture, and future bliss for the
righteous, blisters for the wicked, to name a few. Histemi is the Greek
word, from which we get "stem" or "stalk", a trunk that stands. Plant your
roots deep. Dig in your boot heels. "And having done all to stand. Stand
therefore..." (Ephesians 6:13,14) Stand by the word of God and the God of the
word will stand by you!
Second, by faith we WITHSTAND. "Therefore, put
on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day..."
Is this "the" evil day? Everything lewd, rude, crude and nude is on the TV.
Iniquity is abounding, love is abating. The enemy has come in like a flood.
Will you withstand? This second stance has assistance. To "with"-stand means we
have an abiding Helper. "For with God nothing shall be impossible". Emmanuel, God
with us, helps man the foxhole in this spiritual battle. Standing is
an upright position and choice, but withstanding leans all weight in the
direction of the conflict. The Bible says to "resist the devil and he will flee
from you" (James 4:7). Both verbs come from the same Greek root. "Resist" or
"withstand" is anthistemi in Greek. Does that sound familiar to
any of you cold sufferers? Faith squirts the antihistamine spray in the devil's
face. He is not as big as he boasts. The enemy is more a germ, a virus, a
parasite, which hightails toward the door when confronted in the name of Jesus.
Third, by faith we UNDERSTAND; stand, withstand
and understand. The Holy Spirit empowers all three "stands". I may not
understand it all by I can stand under it all. Understanding is the ability to
stand when I am underneath a cloud of doubts and confusion. "Be not unwise, but
understanding what the will of the Lord is" (Ephesians 5:17).
We can only stand as strong as the revelation we enjoy. Understanding is our
under-girding. The truth makes us free. When we hear Christ's words and do them
we become like a wise builder who founds his house on a rock. Upon this Rock I
will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it, said
the Master-builder. All three stances are appropriated by faith. If you desire
to add a fourth and fifth word, UPSTANDING in your community, and OUTSTANDING
in your field, that will be determined by the stands you take. As it has been
said, any old fish can swim downstream, but it takes a mighty salmon to fight
the current and scale the rapids. How is your standing? Surefooted, anchored,
unmovable, or are the legs a bit wobbly? Faith in the Word is what strengthens
the feeble knees. Look to it for encouragement then brace yourself; here come
the fiery darts.