Take a Stand – Stand Firm
Ephesians 6:13 Take up the whole armor of God so that you may be able to take a stand whenever evil comes And when you have done everything you could, you will be able to stand firm.
The purpose for the armor of God is that you may be able to stand. It is impossible to stand against the attacks of spiritual enemies without the strength of God and the protection of spiritual armor. As we live out our calling, mission, and course to run, Satan will attempt to stop us with attacks and intimidations. But we are to stand. Stand against every trace of spiritual opposition.
God has given us a way to stand:
Grace: Romans 5:2 Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace by which we have been established, and we boast because of our hope in God’s glory.
Gospel – 1 Corinthians 15:1 Now I’m making known to you, brethren, the gospel that I proclaimed to you, which you accepted, on which you have taken your stand.
Courage and strength – 1 Corinthians 16:13 Remain alert. Keep standing firm in your faith. Keep on being courageous and strong.
Faith – 2 Corinthians 1:24 It is not that we are trying to rule over your faith, but rather to work with you for your joy, because you have been standing firm in the faith.
Liberty – Galatians 5:1 The Messiah has set us free so that we may enjoy the benefits of freedom.
Unity – Philippians 1:27 The only thing that matters is that you continue to live as good citizens in a manner worthy of the gospel of the Messiah. Then whether I come to see you or whether I stay away, I may hear all about you – that you are standing firm in one spirit, struggling with one mind for the faith of the gospel.
The Lord – Philippians 4:1 Stand firm in the Lord, dear friends.
Perfect and complete in the will of God – Colossians 4:12 that you may stand mature, completely convinced of the entire will of God.
Our path as believers will find us spiritually attacked, but we must not be afraid. We must not feel sorry for ourselves but be watchful and alert. Don’t even think about retreating. You are more vulnerable if you fall, so keep on your armor and press on.
© 2023 Debora Gilley