Monday, September 14, 2015

Pastor's Ponderings, September 14, 2015

Take A Stand For God

Donnie Mcclurkin wrote and sung a song called Stand.  The lyrics said in part, “… Tell me, what do you give when you've given your all and it seems like you can't make it through? Well, you just stand when there's nothing left to do. You just stand; watch the Lord see you through. Yes, after you've done all you can, you just stand.” 

“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”  This was a paraphrase of a quote from Alexander Hamilton by Malcolm X.  We live in a world that drops commitments like yesterday’s clothes.  Some of us are committed to nothing in the long run and are only concerned with what will benefit us in the short run. 

But the Bible says in Ephesians 6:10-13 that we are to stand for what we know is right and against the devil's evil schemes. We are not to hesitate or waver. We should stop, stand still, stand immovable, and stand firm (Strong’s Concordance). The evil one wants us double-minded, wavering, or halted between two different opinions that are for God or against God.  God is looking for those who would take a stand for Him and stick with it.  He wants us to offer ourselves to God as a living sacrifice, which is only reasonable since He created us (Romans 12:1). 

This week, let us make a commitment to stand for the things that we know will please God such as goodness, justice, mercy, love and concern for others while taking a stand against all of those things that we know will not please Him such as racism, sexism, ageism and all of the other isms that plague us.  Let us stand for God! 

Ephesians 6:10-13
New International Version (NIV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Romans 12:1
New International Version (NIV)
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

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