Lesson 18
Taking your stand on earth

  God calls us to stand in Him not to run away not to hide, not to fear man and political correctness but to stand strong in Him just like the  Israelites did in Exodus: 14,13,14,

' 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 for ever.  The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

And what did the Lord do next? He parted the sea so the Israelites could pass through on dry ground.  Today what are we preparing for?  The second coming of Christ,  just like the Israelites, we need to stand our ground,  and take our authority because we know the end of the story, Jesus is coming again.

Psalm 4:4,
' 'Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still'. Selah.

Stay away from sin and communicate with God in prayer.

Psalm  94:16-23,
'Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.  When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.  In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?  They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.  But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge. And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off.'

  God is calling us to rise up for Him and to stand up for Him against the workers of iniquity.
How can we do this?  Through prayer.
 Isaiah 21:8-9
 'And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:  And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.'

In Myanmar, Burma,  The Christians stood up against the Buddhists who were persecuting them day and night, but the Christians were in unity with one another, prayed and carried on witnessing for God.  When they led new villagers to Christ they were  not shy about it, they erected a cross on a hill by the village.  The Buddhists came and tore down the cross and erected graven images in a circle in place of the cross.  The Christians prayed all night about this.  The next morning they woke to find that all  the gods had fallen to the ground. Not giving up, the Buddhists put up these graven images again.  The Christians prayed again!  The next morning these idols had crumbled into dust. The Buddhists were embarrassed and said to the Christians, our gods do not like that place, so we will allow you to erect the cross of your God on the hill.

How should we stand?
Jeremiah 6:16 gives us the answer, 

'Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.'
1)  Stand in God's ways,  in the old paths, the good way.
' he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.' (Micah 5:4)
You cannot lose if you stand in God.  If you stand up for God, pray, live in Him and feed on Him, He will do it.
  When Jesus comes again will you be ready?

 'But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He  appeareth? for He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:  and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.'  (Malachi 3:2,3)

Verses in the New Testament tell us how to stand,

Romans 5:1,2,
'Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.'
2) We stand in His grace.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5
'And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.'
3) We stand in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 16:13,
 'Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.  Let all your things be done with charity'.
4) We stand in the faith.

Galatians 5:1,
 'Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.'
5) We stand in the freedom Christ has given to us.
Ephesians 6:13,
Therefore, take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.'
6) We stand in the protection of the armour of God.

Philippians 1:27
 'Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.'
7) We stand together with other Christians in one spirit.

Philippians 4:1,
 'Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.'

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

2 Timothy 2:19,
' Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.'

8) We stand fast in the Lord.  We depart from iniquity.

How shall it all end? 

Revelation 20:12,
' And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.'

  The Bible tells us how to stand for God on earth.  Are we doing it?  Or, are we spectators watching ungodly men pass ungodly laws and we say nothing.
‘But who am I’?  you may think. Let's remind ourselves who we are,

1 Peter 2. 9-10 says,
'But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.'

  Let's all take the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ seriously.  We need to stand up and be counted.  We need to pray.  We need to let our voices be heard, in petitions, magazines, in books, on radio, on television,  to our neighbours, to our friends, to our work colleagues and let our voices be heard.  Let's stand up for truth, stand up for God's people (Israel).
Israel.  Let's pray for Israel and support her for Israel is God's chosen people and we Gentiles are grafted in. If the Jews are persecuted then so are we, if the Jews go down, so do we, for our enemy is the same. God will stand with us and the victory will be ours, in Jesus name.
  Stand up in boldness!
  We often sing the song, “these are the days of Elijah”.  We need to stand up for God,  just like Elijah did.  When Elijah called  down fire from heaven to take the sacrifice “the fire of the Lord fell”,
'Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, He is the God; the Lord, He is the God.'
(1 Kings 18:37-39)

This is the faith God is looking forThis is the stand God is looking for!  He answers our prayers in the same way today, for He is the same God.
  In our ministry, we are learning to walk this way.  I was preaching over the phone to  a Bible School, which turned out to be a crusade! I discovered that a whole mosque of Muslims and two witchdoctors had also come along.  When they saw the healing miracles, that demonstrate the power of God, that all of them accepted Jesus as Lord. The next day the born again witchdoctors brought their witchdoctor bones for Edward (the pastor) to burn,.  The newly converted witchdoctors and Muslims were baptised that same afternoon.  They have all joined our Bible school to become evangelists.
  We need to stand up for God, we need to demonstrate His power and His authority, then the people of the world will respond.

 

Think:
*God says, “Who will stand for Me?” How can we stand for God? Discuss.
*Our wisdom should not stand in the wisdom of man, but in the power of God. How?
*Are we standing up to be counted? How can we do this?
*We sing, “these are the days of Elijah”, are we living it?

 

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