Ephesians 6:10-11 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Throughout recent history, sinners have boldly stood up and declared their wickedness.
“Look at me.”
“Accept me for who I am and what I am.”
But when God’s children decide to stand, we became ‘haters’ and ‘racist.’ I will not stand with those whose voice drips with condescension, hatred and is devoid of love. We should operate by the axiom, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.”
When I read this familiar passage, I was struck by the fact that God wants us to stand, not withstand. There is a world of difference.
To withstand is to take a passive position taking whatever comes at you. That is not what God is telling us to do. To stand is to have confidence in who we are in Christ and in the cause we fight.
To stand as a child of God is to know who and what it is we are standing against.
Ephesians 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.”
The actual battle for every Christian is not with another man, woman, or child. It is with the enemy of God, Satan, and his minions. He has copied God’s structure and has layers of authority in the demonic realm.
Satan has more power than any human being. Most of God’s children fail to realize that in the power of His might, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!
Romans 8:37 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
Not only that, we are given so much more!
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
If we cannot be separated from the power that gives us victory, it behooves us to know more about that power source. This is where most of us fail. We don’t know God like we ought.
When we are commanded to stand against the devil, evil, sin, and those given over to him, we must do it God’s way.
God gives us defensive armor to cover ourselves and provides an offensive weapon – the sword, the Word of God.
Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
It should be every child of God’s decision to prepare to stand every day we draw breath. We all have days we succeed and days we survive. But if we do not train, we’ve already lost.
If you were to be put in a position to have to choose; to take a side, would you have the wherewithal to do so?
Could you accurately define your stance?
Would you be able to combat lies with the truth of the Word of God?
It is not by our will we stand but in the power of His might.
Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
We must not go without Him. We must include God in even the smallest of tasks. Our enemy gets us to trust the power of our flesh and leave God out of it. We may have what looks like success, but we are reminded that it is nothing.
John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
The problem is when we become satisfied with living without God’s presence and guidance in our everyday life. Taking a stand is to grasp the battle we face every day of our life.
This battle is not the situations and circumstances we face; it is the root of all evil behind it.
Taking a stand against the evil in our lives requires wisdom, understanding, and discernment. It takes a knowledge of who God is, His will, His character, and His power and promise for our lives.
Often, we fail because we are ignorant of the victory that has already been won. Also, we fail because we either underestimate or overestimate our enemy. At times, we give Satan more credit than he deserves.
He can only tempt us to sin. Ultimately, it is our own choices that cause us to suffer.
At times, we suffer from our own foolish decisions. We follow after amusement, pleasure, and ease. We want the ‘good life’, but what does that look like for the child of God?
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
We are told that we must prepare as soldiers for the battle of our lives. Having a warfare mentality will take us farther than trying to live our lives our way.
2 Timothy 2:3-4 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
Ultimately, the choice comes down to who it is we try to please? Ourselves, or God?
Make a choice and stand by your choice. But know this, taking God’s side means He will be standing right beside you.