Standing

As we live a life of faith we are called to stand. When we stand physically together in a worship service we are actually celebrating the glory of Christ’s resurrection that took place on the third day. Also, whenever we stand metaphorically in our lives we demonstrate the power of Christ’s resurrection and the re-birth that we can all encounter when we give up everything we have to follow Him.

standing boyResurrection (gk. anistemi) – is a word that describes the raising from the dead, the physical rising and also means the act or cause of being born. This word actually comes from two different root words. The first word it comes from is “ana” which means to be among or in the midst of something. The second root word is the greek word “histemi” which means to stand, stand firm or to rise. When we choose to stand in unison as a group of believers we are in the midst of standing or rising. When we stand we are memorializing the resurrection of Christ. We are also expressing the supernatural act of being born again in a physical way. Standing is an outward expression of the supernatural occurrence that takes place in every new believer at the time of salvation. When we stand together we do this in worship and commemoration of the rising of Christ and the rising of a new life that we now have in him.

The bible also talks a lot about standing in other ways and I believe that there are three great ways that in standing we can demonstrate the glory of Christ’s resurrection for all the world to see.

  1. Standing in the Gap –“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land…” (Ezekiel 22:30)
    When we take time to stand in the gap for our families, cities and our nation through prayer and intercession we are bringing new life and resurrection to these situations. We are petitioning to see old, dead things brought to new life through the power and grace of God. The Lord is calling us to not merely talk about all the problems we see in our circumstances but rather to stand in the gap and bring heaven to earth in those situations. God is still looking today for people that will be willing to stand in the gap for cities and nations to see resurrection life come to even the most desperate situations.
  2. Standing Firm – “Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.” (Eph 6:13-14)
    When we stand firm in the midst of trials and temptations we are displaying the glory of Christ’s resurrection for all the world to see. We do this by holding onto the truth and not allowing ourselves to be intimidated by lies. We also stand firm by walking in the righteousness of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and His empowering grace. We maintain our position and keep standing by staying in the truth and guard our hearts by living a life of righteousness. When we are able to stand firm even in the midst of the most terrifying of storms, we are displaying the power of Christ’s resurrection to those around us.
  3. Standing for Justice – He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind” (Luke 4:18-19)
    When we stand for justice we are contending for a resurrection and re-establishment of God’s original purpose and plan. We stand for justice when we demonstrate God’s goodness and make the wrong things right. In Mark 16 Jesus leaves us with a final commission to preach the good news, to heal the sick, and see the dead come back to life. When we allow God to use our lives, by his grace, to bring His kingdom then we bring His justice to the earth. When we stand for justice by rescuing the captives, healing the sick and seeing people set free from bondage then our lives display the glory of the resurrection of Christ Jesus.

Standing is not always easy but it is something that we are empowered to do here on earth by God’s grace. Even if you cannot physically stand today, you have the capacity to stand in other ways for the Lord. Let us all allow ourselves to stand in the gap, stand firm in righteousness and stand for justice in all that we do so that our lives can display the glory of Christ’s resurrection.

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Washed Away

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It can be so easy as a Christian to get wrapped up in all the things that we do each day rather than focusing on the One who made us righteous. So many times we can exert all of our energy doing a bunch of really good things and yet completely miss out on a real relationship with God. Sometimes, especially in my case, God has to get us alone and without any distractions to bring us to this revelation. We can stay SO busy and SO focused that that still small voice that the Lord usually speaks in is almost non-existent because of all the loud noise within our lives.

When we begin to focus on all the good things more than the maker of all those good things we can miss out on a truly fulfilling life and begin to feel burnt out and let down. The good things, the accomplished goals and even change in others lives is not what will satisfy us. that will satisfy us is a real tangible experience with God through the Holy Spirit.

We can come to him anytime and he will receive us with his never-ending kindness and love. He doesn’t receive us because of all the nice things we do but simply because of his mercy. He washed those sins away so that we can live a new life in the Holy Spirit without the burden of trying to do all the right things in our own strength. We are forgiven in Christ, PERIOD.

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior

Titus 3:4-6