Stand! by Elaine Davenport (Thursday, February 21, 2008)
The true test of what you believe often comes when trouble, pressure and the unexpected happen. Let’s face it…the unexpected may as well be expected because it’s always going to come. We just don’t know what it is. Even when I remind people that they are to trust God because He can handle the trouble, the pressure and the unexpected, they don’t want to hear it. The people that I associate with are believers and they know what I know. We’re not all the same, but they read, know and love the Word of God; but whether we pass or fail the test we face, will depend upon if we believe the Word of God; the Bible.
The bible warns us that we’ll face a problem, a challenge, a mountain…but it also says we win, we get the Victory; it says that all we have to do is believe.
BUT WHAT IF YOU PRAY AND NOTHING HAPPENS?
Well, yes…God does know all and He said: just stand! Read This:
Wherefore 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.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
THE MESSAGE BIBLE SAYS IT’S A FIGHT TO THE FINISH: TAKE THIS IN:
10-12And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
13-18Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
SO LISTEN UP:
Maybe you’re dealing with some terrible thing; but be encouraged. Satan brings something bad to everyone…but God says: resist the devil and he will flee. So resist…stand! Stand.