Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Stand Firm

Hey MPs,

Reminder: tomorrow is the 4th Monday and we’ll be meeting at Daily Grind around 4:00. We will begin our study of Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard. We are also studying that book on Wednesday mornings at KMHS. Whether you have the book or not, join us if you can. Any of you reading this who are unable to meet either time with us should get a copy of that book (copyright 1975 – been around a long time) and read it. It is an allegory based on Habakkuk 3:19. It will give you strength for the journey with our Lord.

Alright ladies, I think it’s safe to say that the relationship with our Heavenly Father is evolving. It’s a wonderful journey that we walk with Him, even though some days are better than others. We won’t fully understand this sacred relationship until we enter His heavenly kingdom, but while we’re here on earth we have to trust Him to walk alongside us, maybe even carry us.

In this developing relationship, we have discovered that at times we must watch and wait. What about those times when we are told to stand firm? Scripture tells us to stand, Ephesians 6 tells us four times to stand, and I gather from verses 10-20 that Paul means for us to stand firm. So what exactly does that mean? 

Well, to STAND means to resist without yielding; to maintain a position; to persist; to endure; to remain upright; to encounter; to meet face-to-face. Are you tired yet? Now put on that armor of God from Ephesians 6 and stand in prayer – verse 18 says praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints---. 

Now that’s heavy, literally and spiritually. Sounds like our prayers must be intensely persistent. Another reason to be tired, right? Well yes, if we’re doing all this standing and praying on our own. But we know that we cannot stand through anything or pray persistently without help. Where does that help come from? Psalm 121 gives us the answer:

I lift up my eyes to the hills----
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
The Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip----
He who watches over you will not slumber;
Indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you----
The Lord is your shade at your right hand;
The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm----
He will watch over your life;
The Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

This psalm tells us that God will help those who seek Him. It may require our persistence, standing firm (on our knees) in prayer, looking to the One who can help us, looking up, not around or within. Here’s an anonymous saying that I’ve kept in my Bible for years:

“To look around is to be distressed;
to look within is to be depressed;
to look up is to be blessed.”

If we are looking up, our feet will not move; we will stand firm. Verse 3 of Psalm 121 says so. But that doesn’t make sense. Have you ever been walking in the evening, noticed a beautiful full moon, couldn’t take your eyes off of the beauty, and tripped on a crack - smile - (or something on the sidewalk). OK, so that’s not what this psalm is talking about. Your feet are firmly planted on that sidewalk ONLY when you are looking up; that’s FAITH.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)

Continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. Colossians 1:23 (NLT)

And another assurance from Psalm 121 – God doesn’t sleep. Now that’s amazing to me. I’m useless if I don’t get seven to eight hours of sleep a night. But He’s God and I’m not. I must remember that when my eyes look anywhere but up. I can go about my day and sleep at night knowing that my Daddy God is awake. He even stands guard over me. Verse 5 says that He is my keeper, protecting me during night and day, protecting me wherever I go. Yet do I act as though I believe that Word? Do you believe it?

Today at church we sang a song with a refrain that went something like this:
I live only to see your face so shine on me. 

Are we truly walking by faith, not by sight - 2 Corinthians 5:7? Picture yourself looking up to your Daddy God, disregarding the circumstances of darkness that surround you. If we really live to see His face, looking up, His light will shine on us. 

Can you see the ray of sunshine coming from heaven? It envelops you, it’s allowing you to stand firm in your faith, and it will guide your next step. And as you persist in your prayers with your armor on, His glory shining on you, you should break out in strength, not sweat. YOU WILL STAND!

Scripture gives us many examples of people who stood with persistence in prayer. Next week we’ll focus of some of them. Meanwhile, stand firm looking up to your Helper. He longs to shine His glory on you.

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