God Is Able – To Make You Stand!

“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11 NLT)

When I was in college, like most college students, I always needed money. A friend of mine asked me to take his shift at a soft-drink warehouse, as a night watchman. “How hard could it be?” I thought to myself as I said “yes!” He told me: “Just walk around and keep an eye on things.”

For the first few hours I did fine. But then, it got more and more difficult to keep my eyes open. I figured if I could just stay on my feet, I could stay awake. That was the only time in my life, before or since, that I actually slept standing up. Paul writes in Romans 13:11 regarding our need to “Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”

When you think about it, it’s interesting the numbers of times in the Bible and in life, we’re urged by God to wake up or stay awake, to stand up or stand strong. Why is that so important?

My family moved about the time I was beginning seventh grade. In an earlier article I mentioned how skinny I was when I was in junior high school. Kids would tell me if I stood sideways and stuck out my tongue I’d look like a zipper. I can laugh now, but it wasn’t very funny then. I didn’t know anyone the first day of school and, apparently, it was obvious. I became the immediate target of a bully and his crew.

They taunted me, following me through the hallways, but especially in gym class. I was able to evade them for a couple of weeks, but finally I decided I was tired of running. There are times it takes courage just to take a stand.

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Jackie, the bully, got right up in my face and began to outline all the things he was going to do to me, much to the delight of his crew. And as he reared back his arm and made a fist, I said to him: “Just one thing. You’d better know what you’re doing.” I was paralyzed with fear, but I wasn’t a stranger to fighting, so I figured I’d just see where it went.

His fist came like a flash of lightening but stopped abruptly just as it got to my chin. Jackie smiled, released his fist, and put out his hand to shake mine. We became friends that day. Satan is a bully, but if you stand strong and call his bluff, he has no choice but to back down.

The word most used in the New Testament that’s translated “stand,” has several nuances of meaning. For example, it can mean: “to cause or make to stand; to make firm, fix, establish; to be kept intact; to establish a thing, cause it to stand; or continue safe and sound, stand unharmed; to stand ready, or prepared; to be of a steadfast mind.” (Strong’s) Why would I bore you with all those meanings? Because not all our attacks from Satan are the same.

Unfortunately, Satan knows our weaknesses, and he’ll do all within his power to take advantage of them. The good news is, Jesus also knows our weaknesses, and He’ll stand with us and/or give us power to stand firm in the face of Satan’s attack. How so?

Each of us have vulnerabilities. Each of us have areas of weakness, that when attacked cause us to fear, worry, crumble emotionally, doubt, outwardly attack or inwardly retreat. With what end? Typically, if Satan has his evil way, we’ll become useless to ourselves, but more importantly, to God and to others.

That’s when it’s critical to allow the Holy Spirit to empower and enable us to do what in and of ourselves, we’re unable to do. What’s that? To stand firm! To trust and rely on the strength of God, not depending on ourselves. All you have to do is: “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.”

Blessings, Ed 😊

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