Learning To Stand

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And having done all...stand
Ephesians 6:13

Don't allow the conflict-free seasons of your life to lull you into a false sense of security: 'Be vigilant...the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour' (1Peter 5:8 NKJV). What should we do when the Devil comes along? 'And having done all...stand.' Indeed, '...God is able to make [you] stand' (Romans 14:4 NKJV), not in your own strength, but the strength of Jesus Christ. By yourself you're an easy target, but in the strength of the Lord you can stand and not give in. So today when satan shows up with his temptations, announce that you're going to stand in Christ. Let him know you're going to stand until the shaking stops, until the wave of loneliness passes, until your marriage is restored, until you come out of debt, until the struggle is over, until the tempter loses his power to trap or topple you.

When you do the standing - God does the strengthening! Paul said, 'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me' (Philippians 4:13). Note the word 'strengtheneth.' He won't just strengthen you once, He'll do it again and again. He'll strengthen you every time you face a difficult challenge, every time a memory comes back to torment you, every time you're reminded of your imperfect past, every time you face a difficult situation. Drawing from God the strength you need to stand up to the enemy will take effort. It will take your praise, your prayer, your getting into His Word with an intensity you never had before. But the truth is - you can stand if you want to!

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Comments

Regina said…
I stand in Him. Great post Mike.
Steve said…
Excellent word again...
Wanda said…
Good post Mike ~~ We are studying the Armor in Gal. and we are learning to STAND FAST wearing all the armor of God!
Pietro said…
We are so weak without the strength of Jesus Christ, which unfailingly overcomes evil.
Angie said…
So true. Standing times are preparation for when life tries to knock us over.
We seem to be thinking along the same line: I just wrote about not getting blown away by winds of change.

Good Message, Mike- as always!