Fresh Hope – 26th January 2019

Have you ever had situations in life, challenges, relationship problems that can really knock you down and discourage you – you want to give up or even run away from those situations? I’m guessing that will be a ‘yes’ from most, if not all of us. There is another way we can get through these times- by standing- yes standing;

* standing in faith,

* standing in love,

* standing in hope,

* standing on His promises because His promises are yes and amen,

* standing on His Word because His Word never fails.

Standing can be the most powerful thing we can do because greater is He that is within us and we know the battle is not ours – it’s the Lord’s. Ephesians 6.10 – 18 mentions standing four times, in different ways.

1. STAND AGAINST

Verse 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

We are encouraged to put on the full armour so we may be able to stand against the devil’s schemes. Every morning you get up, the devil is waiting to do three things to you – to kill, steal and destroy – your peace, joy, your relationship with God, your confidence, your identity – all the good things that we know Christ has given us. He wants you to divorce, he wants you to be in lack, he wants you to struggle with addiction and destroy your life. He wants you to suffer from unforgiveness and bitterness. He wants you stressed, depressed, anxious, angry, guilty –  he wants you to be a mess! And he will use anything – your job, your health, finances, social media and he especially uses people to get you to these places. So because we know the devil’s plan,  we are in a position of power and we can stand against it. John 10.10 tells us that Jesus has come to give me life and life in its fullness. So anything that comes to stand in the way and try to prevent me from enjoying that life Christ came for me to have, I will stand against it!

When temptation to sin comes, we stand on His word – that we are free because He who the son sets free is free indeed!

2. WITHSTAND

Verse 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand when the evil day comes, and having done all, to stand.

Withstanding is to hold out, to resist- remaining undamaged or unaffected. This verse is giving us a heads up that an evil day will come one day. This could be that day when you are accused of something you didn’t do, it could be redundancy or an unfair dismissal at work. But rejoice because the word “day” means to me that it’s something that won’t last forever – it’s a season that will pass. All we have to do is withstand. Buildings are built to withstand storms and strong winds. So when strong winds and storms come, we can withstand.

3. TO STAND

The same Verse 13 says, ‘…and having done all, to stand.’

Now after we have managed to stand against, and we have just about made it through the stormy winds by withstanding,  we still have to stand!

Have you ever had a season where nothing is going right for you – finances, in marriage, children are doing their own thing, issues and strife in family relationships, sickness and death – all sorts of things? And you get to a point where you are almost numb to it all and you even ask yourself if anything worse can happen? Then something worse does happen! Sometimes the enemy can really give you his best shots – then you make it through them because by God’s grace you managed to stand against and withstand it all. At this point, you exhale and you want to enjoy the new season after all the challenges – and I get you –  but you cannot sit down at this point. Because having done all, you’ve got to Stand. You see, the enemy is always scheming and fashioning weapons against us. We’ve got to keep on standing. Though your seasons may change, standing is not seasonal but continual. Keep on standing in your faith, on His promises, in your praise, in your worship, in your loving, in your giving.

4. STAND FIRM

Verse 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place. and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

This clarifies that we don’t just stand but we stand firm because we are equipped with the following:

  •  Truth
  •  His righteousness
  • Salvation
  • Peace
  • Faith
  • His Word

You are powerful standing. Do not sit down, do not run away. Keep standing strong in the power of His might.

Abby Moyo

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