I had been praying about my children. I was feeling very beaten down and defeated. I wanted to stay in bed, hide under the covers and give up. All my strength was gone. All my enthusiasm was gone.
But God told me to stand.
Hearing that one word spoken into my heart by my mighty Lord and Savior caught me off guard. I wondered what He meant by it. So I started looking into that word and, when I did, it knocked me off my feet. Or rather, knocked me onto my feet.
Of course my mind raced about all the passages in scripture I could think of, containing the word “stand.” Two buh-lew me away and the first one is: "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." Galatians 5:1. God is telling us that standing fast is the way to remain free and not in bondage in our lives, to not revert back to our old ways of not trusting Him or not relying on His strength.
I was familiar with this next passage about fighting spiritual warfare, but I had never noticed the word "stand" in it before. Here is the second passage I loved:
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always..." Ephesians 6:10-18.
In the mood to stand, anyone?
I wondered what else God has to say about standing, so I started at the beginning of the Bible and got as far as Isaiah. Honestly when I found so many passages with the word "stand," my eyes started to cross half way through. I thought, "Gracious mercy, I cayn't stand this no moe."
That silliness notwithstanding, I think we're good on the stand passages, and it's enough to convince me to man up and stay diligent in my calling as a mother. If you ever feel like hiding under the covers, all those passages I found in the Old Testament are in this clickey button below.
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