All of God’s People have been called to stand. To “stand” is to hold our position before the Lord. Whether we stand against sin or the wiles of the devil, our position is to stand, holding onto the Lord and His Word, there.
Israel was called to “Stand still, and see the salvation of God.”
Exodus 14:13 “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show you today: for the Egyptians that ye have seen today, you shall see them no more forever.”
If they had tried to effect their own salvation: they would have been utterly destroyed or brought back to slavery, for Egypt was still one of the greatest powers on earth at that time.
The priests were told to stand in the Jordan River till all the people of Israel had crossed over. And the river was at flood time. All it’s banks were overflowed. They had to get wet, and trust in the Lord, before the miracle of the dry ground crossing was done.
Joshua 3:8 “And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.”
Elijah came into the kings’s presence, to announce that there would be no rain or dew, because the people had turned to idols.
As he stood there unafraid (and certainly there were soldiers to guard the king); he said “the God before he stood” sent him.
1 Kings 17:1 “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Arab, as the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew or rain these years, but according to my word.”
Because Elijah stood before God, he was not afraid to stand before this wicked king.
Because of their sin, and turning away from God, Israel was led away captive into other lands; even the Temple and Jerusalem was destroyed.
But at the appointed time, God again brought them out; and those who would, returned to the land: to the place of the Name.
Those Israelites which returned after the captivity, and who helped rebuild the temple, stood at the reading of the law.
Nehemiah 8:5-7 “And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
….and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.”
Paul wrote that we, as Christians, should:
1 Corinthians 16:13 “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”
For he said (2 Cor. 1:24) “by faith ye stand”.
Someone has pictured faith as the arms we hold on to Jesus with. As we hold fast to Him, we can stand and be strong.
He wrote that we should: Galatians 5:1. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
Liberty is freedom from sin. We are free from the penalty of sin, when we are born again. We are free from sin and it’s power as we yield to the Holy Spirit within. For He gives us the power to choose not to sin, and to be obedient.
We are to “ stand against the wiles or tricks of the devil.”
Ephesians. 6:11, 13. “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
We stand where He has placed us, as we hold on to God and His Word, using every grace that He has given us.
Not charging ahead, but standing.
We are to “stand fast in one spirit”.
Philippians 1:27 “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ:….that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”
As Christians, we are to encourage others to stand with Christ Jesus, and His Word. To strengthen their faith, by prayer and help.
To stand is to hold onto what Christ Jesus has given us.
And how much He has given us; and gives us each day, by His presence with us!
We should hold on to Him, in faith. He saved us: He will sanctify us, and bring us home to Him.
We should hold on to the Word of God, His revelation of Himself and works, to us.
We should hold on to His personal fellowship with each of us…for He calls each of us to:
Luke 9:23 “And he (Jesus) said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
And we should hold on to fellowship with other Christians:
John 13:35 “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”