What are you doing sitting…STAND UP!!!

You stood before creation

Eternity in your hand

You spoke the earth into motion

My soul now to stand 

You stood before my failure and carried the cross for my shame

My sin weighed upon your shoulders

My soul now to stand 

So what could I say? And what could I do?

But offer this heart, Oh God Completely to you 

So I’ll walk upon salvation Your spirit alive in me

This life to declare your promise

My soul now to stand 

So what could I say? And what could I do? But offer this heart,

Oh God Completely to you I’ll stand

With arms high and heart abandoned in awe of the one who gave it all

I’ll stand my soul Lord to you surrendered

All I am is yours

by Hillsong United

There are many references to standing. 

protestsTake a stand…groups with causes..

What kind of cause, what are your convictions?

 

Fathers say to their sons after something detrimental or deflating happens in their lives

“Stand up and be a man”.father and son talk

 

“The Stand” the book by Stephen King, the premise, that after a deadly break-out of an infection, a town has to re-build, but in doing so the forces of good and evil rock people’s lives and faith. The people take a stand for good which prevails and re-growth begins for the town and the lives in it, which of course makes for a happier ending.

 

Then there are other stands such as a

music stand;

 

a pedistal for a vase of flowers;

 

 

a lecturn, for a speaker

   TV stands;

display stands,

all of which hold something on them to keep the objects from falling down.

 

The Bible speaks of taking a stand too. In Luke 23:50-56, Luke speaks about a man named Joseph, a Sanhedrin, a member of the group who condemned Jesus to death.  But Joseph was a good and just man who dissented from the groups decision about Jesus.  Joseph was looking forward to the coming of the Messiah.  He took a stand for Jesus by providing a tomb, which had never been used, so Jesus could be laid to rest. It was a small stand, but a stand never the less.

In 1 Corinthians 16:13, Paul says to the church at Corinth,“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love”.  Our situation within the contemporary church is not much different from that of Corinth.  We are under attack from the culture we live in, from false teachers and from the old sin nature of the members.  Paul’s admonition is for today!  Whenever there are problems either in a church or your own lives, the first thing to slip out the back door is the steady, timeless, selfless, sacrificial love that Jesus modeled.  Take that stand in faith.

Stand up for your convictions!  Such as the three guys in Daniel 3.  Daniel’s friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego were faithful to God.  The one true God, not a golden image the king Nebuchadnezzar wanted his citizens to kneel and worship.  Because these three lads didn’t worship the idol, they were bound and cast into a fire.  And because of their faith, God sent them a protector, for the king saw four guys walking around in the fire.  The fourth person could have been the Son of God himself.  The three lads walked out unscathed and declared to the king that their faith would not be shaken whether they lived or died.  They took a stand for God and were not swayed by anything, even death.  How strong for our Lord Jesus will we be?  Will our stand be firm and unshakable?  I hope so.

“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation and every city or house divided against itself will not stand”.  Matthew 12:25  Jesus used analogies such as a civil war (kingdoms or nations divided against itself) and broken marriages in divorce (house divided against itself) to show that when we are divided everything falls apart. But when we stand together we are stronger and especially when we stand for the right, it gives Satan less power to rip things apart.

Romans 1:16, Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.”  Paul was bold, he was taking a stand for Jesus.

If you don’t read your Bible…you don’t stand a chance with the Antichrist.  (More about the Antichrist in a tract to come.)   The spirit of lawlessness is at work today.  Not just Christians, but all of us should be alert to the signs of the times, such as geopolitical developments that call for a unified system of world government or reveal increasing antipathy toward God and Israel. Both developments foreshadow the coming of the Antichrist and the Tribulation.  If you are Christian you understand, if not, read your Bible and learn what’s to come.  Take Jesus as your Saviour and stand firm. Don’t be left behind. 

who will stand with meSo if you want to stand for something, STAND UP FOR JESUS!

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness,

I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name

On Christ. the solid rock. I stand

All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to veil his face, I rest on his unchanging grace,

In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant and blood, support me in the ‘whelming flood;

When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.

Edward Mote (1797-1874)