“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NLT)
This is the hour we must stand. But what does that actually mean? To stand means to stop, to remain motionless or steady on your feet. To take a position. To remain firm or steadfast. To be fixed, set in place or location. The implication is to stand as one who is unmovable, firm and fixed. So, the critical question is what are you standing on and for?
To stand requires one to know what they believe! Sadly, many people no longer stand firm on the word of God. Over 70% of millennials do not believe in the authority of the Bible. And even more shockingly, over 50% of evangelicals don’t believe it either! This leaves them vulnerable to every wind of doctrine, or philosophy that makes them happy or fits their paradigm. Paul warned us of such a day when men will no longer seek sound doctrine, but instead will chase after teachers who will itch their ears saying what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
It’s no wonder our nation is guilty of abortion, and those in leadership now want to increase the bloodshed. By not standing on the word of God, the taking of innocent life, such as the millions of unborn babies that have been executed in the wombs of their mothers, is no big deal. God’s word is clear that it is murder. But if you don’t stand on His word, it’s just tissue! As a believer I must stand against abortion!!!
It’s no wonder that in today’s anti-god climate that cancel culture is on the rise. But the Bible tells us to put others’ needs above our own, to see them as more important than ourselves, and to serve instead of seeking to be served. Cancel culture is a demonic, self-focused tactic to leverage my way above yours. It is totally unbiblical and as one who stands on the word of God it must be opposed!
Likewise, it understandable that there is such confusion around sexuality. If the Bible isn’t our guideline, then anything goes, and literally that is what’s happening. But the Bible is so clear that marriage is between one man and one woman, for life. The Bible is also clear that God determines our gender, that sex outside of the marriage covenant is unholy and does us harm. God calls us to be pure, holy vessels unto Him and that is what I stand for!
To stand on God’s word we are not just standing against what He opposes, we are standing for life, love, others, holiness, and truth. Moses told his people to not be afraid but to stand firm and they would see deliverance/salvation (Exodus 14:13). Paul tells us to stand firm in our faith (1 Corinthians 16:13). Likewise, Peter tells us to stand firm in our faith, even through suffering and persecution (1 Peter 5:9). Jesus even told us that because of Him people will hate us and that he who stands firm till the end will be saved (Matthew 10:22). The half-brother of Jesus told us to “be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near” (James 5:8). If you do not intentionally choose to stand firm in your faith, you won’t stand at all (Isaiah 7:9)!
Pick the side you will stand on, now. You can’t stay on the fence. You can’t pick and choose what Biblical truths you want to stand on and which ones you don’t. What we choose in this hour matters. As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord, wholeheartedly, unreservedly, passionately and relentlessly!
Your stand will cost! It doesn’t come for free, yet it is freeing to stand and to be clear about what you are standing on and for. I know this past year has been a season where many people have stopped journeying with us as we stood clear and bold for the things God has put on our hearts. We have lost some partners, some have even asked to be removed from all our lists. But the crazy thing is, we have gained more. When people know where you stand, they too can choose to stand with you!
Take time to ask the Lord if what you are standing on is of Him or of the world, and where you have compromised. Ask Him to show you any place where your stand is not biblical. Take time to write out things you stand for, include scripture. Pray for your pastor and church to be clear about what they stand on and for. It really does matter. I have seen many pastors unclear with these issues and it has brought much confusion amongst their congregations. Pray for your pastor to have boldness to preach from this place, even if people don’t like it. After all, though the truth will set people free, usually the truth will cause them to be angry because it’s got to confront what is holding them in bondage. Pray for your church to have hearts that respond to this bold preaching.