Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Who Will Stand for Me?

It is a New Year and with this New Year come possibilities, opportunities and successes and failures! Where is your heart in this New Year? Is it with the One who died for you and rose again to live forever? Where do you stand? Do you stand for what is right and good or do you stand with those who would tear down this country brick by brick until nothing is left of decency, honesty and integrity? We are faced each day with choices. We choose where we will work, we choose who we will marry, we choose where we will go and we choose our battles. We chose a long time ago to align ourselves with those who profess Jesus as Lord. We chose a long time ago to speak the name of Jesus to the world and stand as a Christian (Christ One). We choose daily to continue to stand for truth in a world that is quickly losing sight of the truth. In Psalm 94:16 it says:

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

God will stand for us! Will we stand for Him? Our ears are bombarded today with words from the media concerning the issues of the day. We are asked where we will stand on these issues. Where do you go for your wisdom to make these decisions? If you do not go to the Word of God then you do not have wisdom. If you do not go to your Heavenly Father then you do not have wisdom. There is only one source of wisdom for truth. Dear saints of God! It is time to stand up for Jesus in a world that is quickly falling into the pit. It is an individual choice. You can follow the crowd but that will only get you in trouble unless that crowd is a host of people seeking and following the Lord Jesus.
In 1 Corinthians 16:13 it says:

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.

Christians it is time to take our place as Children of God before a lost world and stand fast. In Ephesians 6:13-20 we are told:

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance maybe given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

In a song written many years ago by George Duffield & George J. Webb the words are:
“Stand up, Stand up for Jesus, Ye soldiers of the cross! Lift high His royal banner, It must not suffer loss.”

Get on your face before your Holy God and seek His wisdom for today and the days ahead in your personal life and also in the life of your country. We must have Father’s wisdom in choosing a new president, in listening to the rhetoric of today and knowing who is telling the truth, in our churches to know who are false teachers and who speak the truth. We pray for each one of you daily that you will be “soldiers of the cross” in a world slowly slipping away from the Cross.

Love and blessings to our dear partners! Please continue to pray for us as we also walk out this New Year as children of God following the Lord Jesus.

Charley & Karen