STILL STANDING

STILL STANDING                                                                                                                            Andy Hollifield 10-9-17

Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

Exodus 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever.
Exodus 33:21 And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:

Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,…

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Ephesians 6:13 ….and having done all, to stand.

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, …..

1 Thessalonians 3:8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

Stand—-(1) to take a position or place as indicated: (2) to remain firm or steadfast, as in a cause. (3) to take up a position or attitude with respect to a person, issue, or the like: (4) to endure or undergo without harm or damage or without giving way (5) to perform the duty of or participate in as part of one’s job or duty (6) a determined policy, position, attitude, etc…taken or maintained

I’m still standing. That was a statement I heard said recently but in the context it was said, it came across as bragging. I began to think about that statement. I understand the way it was intended and it got me to thinking. I thought about some of the trials and storms that I have been through especially in my Christian life. I am thankful to be able to say I am still standing. As I began to think about that statement though, I realized that the fact I am still standing has very little to do with me and everything to do with the grace that God has bestowed upon me. The scripture in Roman 5:2 mentions the “access by faith into this grace wherein we stand”. I realized as I was thinking on this and reading the scriptures pertaining to standing, that were it not for that grace, I would never be able to stand. When I look at my ability and then at God’s grace, I can understand more clearly the statement the apostle Paul made when he said “but God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…”(Galatians 6:14).

I have seen by way of error how much ability I have in myself to stand. As I began to look at scripture, I thought about the Publican that stood way off to the side and wouldn’t even lift his eyes toward heaven and proclaimed himself to be a sinner in need of God’s mercy. It is when we are able to see ourselves in that place that God can begin to get glory out of our lives. I wrote a while back about the disciple whom Jesus loved (John 19:26) standing by. When we get to the place where we have humbled ourselves before the Lord, then we will be content to “stand by” just awaiting further instructions. There will come times, such as with Peter in Acts 2, where we will have to take a stand that is not popular and may bring us ridicule or worse. Peter had to stand and preach Jesus and him crucified to the very people who had put Jesus on that cross. He didn’t do it out of arrogance but with humbleness of heart. That is why I believe that he was able to do it after God had blessed them with the presence of the Holy Ghost coming down “as a mighty rushing wind.” In Exodus 14, Moses gave the children of Israel the command to “stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord”. It would do me good to sometimes just “stand still and see” what God is wanting to do in my life. Although he told the people to stand still and see the Lord’s salvation, God later told Moses to stand in the rock and he would let him see his glory. It’s good to see his salvation but it is even better to see him.

There are times we need to stand still, but there are other times in the midst of conflict especially, when we just need to stand fast in our faith. It isn’t always popular or comfortable for that matter, but it is always right and always causes the blessings of God to be real in our lives. We may be able to stand fast in our liberty from the bondage of sin as in Galatians 5, but Ephesians 6 tells us how we need to be suited up to stand. We are not babysitters but soldiers in the army of God and therefore need to put on his armor. We have a real enemy in the devil, and if we don’t make preparations to stand against him and his tricks, we will be in for a world of hurt and disillusionment. Paul told the Thessalonians that we live if we stand fast in the Lord. Apart from him, we are not able to stand because we are no match for the devil.

The word “stand” is used 274 times in the bible. The word “stood” is used 339 times and the word “standing” is used 55 times. The word “sit,” the opposite of “stand,” is used 113 times. The word “sitting” is used 43 times. The word “sat” is used 192 times. “Sat” is past tense. It seems pretty obvious to me that God placed a lot more emphasis on “standing” than he did on “sitting”. It is hard to fight sitting down and we are definitely in a warfare with the devil. If we aren’t in a real fight with a real devil, why did Paul tell the Ephesians 6:16 “above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked?” I am thankful that God has given me the faith and grace and strength to stand through the battles and storms of my life and I am “still standing”. I want to say one more thing to try to encourage you regardless of what situation you may find yourself in; if we will just stand fast and stand still, it would be amazing what we would see God do in our lives. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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