Having Done All to Stand, Stand Therefore
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13
The word “withstand” often implies successful resistance i.e. withstand means a resistance of two forces at opposite sides and the weakest link will give in.
When you have done all according to the word of God and it seems like nothing is happening, then stand. This means you need to maintain the endurance to endure, that faith as a mustard seed yet the tenacity and boldness of the righteous sustained by the conquering power of Christ.
Stand firm, hold your ground, and defend your territory against the enemy, by submitting to God and hitting the enemy in the name of Jesus. This will surely make us to overcome in the evil day. Hallelujah!”
Turn on your television set and virtually every channel shouts headlines at you about wars, disasters, famine, cruelty, poverty, and the like. They are very real situations and are not to be ignored. However, we must not and cannot be swayed or waver in our faith and in God’s Word, by what is taking place on the Earth.
This is all a tactic of Satan to weaken us so that we will drop our guard and lose heart. If we will prepare our hearts now, build ourselves up against the forces of darkness, against the devil and his cohorts, we will overcome all of his pernicious and deceptive tactics.
“But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].” 2 Timothy 3:1 (AMP)
Perilous: difficult, i.e. dangerous, furious, and fierce times. (Strong’s Concordance) Everything the Bible says about the last days is unfolding before our very eyes today.
“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17
Jesus said in John 16:33: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”
We must be the light and the salt of the Earth, complaining is not going to help, it will only dishearten and bring us down.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”. Proverbs 3:5-6
We have to stand strong in the face of adversity and remind ourselves that when we trust the Lord and acknowledge Him, He directs our path.
We all face challenges daily – some more difficult than others, nevertheless, it is during these times especially, that we must stand firm on God’s word which is the sword of the Spirit – it is the only weapon that doesn’t get dull or blunt with use – the more you use it, the sharper it gets.
God is calling us to a higher plain and a higher walk with Him. He’s calling us to a deeper holiness, boldness, godly character and integrity. He’s calling us to walk in His anointing, a deeper realm of glory, and fervency with His Spirit. This ultimately leads us to stability, a deeper understanding, and an experiential knowledge of His Son and of His Spirit.
I pray this week that you meditate on this devotional and find the strength and endurance to stand against the trials you may face and overcome all your challenges, while successfully continuing to enter the deeper realms of the glory of God!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Reverend Peter Rahme