Monday, April 13, 2009

Having Done All... Stand

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.

Ephesians 6:13 [NKJV]

The size of the prize determines the severity of the fight. The enemy knows your vulnerabilities and he'll push you to your limits. When he does, remember this:

“Blessed is the man who endures... when he has been approved, he will receive the crown” (James 1:12 NKJV). “Approved” means victory qualifies you for greater things.

“Endures” means your staying power is being tested. So, “having done all... stand” (Ephesians 6:13 NKJV).

You say, “How long will this attack last?” The Prince of Darkness hindered Daniel’s prayers for 21 days (See Daniel 10:13).

Goliath defied the armies of Israel for 40 days and nights (See 1st Samuel 17).

Your enemy is relentless; you must be, too. When it comes to prayer, your persistence overcomes his resistance.

For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise

Hebrews 10:36 [NKJV].

David didn’t get into trouble with Bathsheba until he left the battlefield. It’s the safest place to be. So stay there, keep fighting and God will come to your aid. When Joshua needed extra time to defeat his enemies, the sun stood still. God was saying, “As long as the sun doesn’t go down you won’t go down either, for the same power that is holding it up is holding you up.” Isn’t that great?

Jesus healed people in different ways. Some He spoke to, others He touched. One day He told ten lepers to go and show themselves to the priest. And the Bible says: “As they went, they were cleansed” (Luke 17:14 NIV). They were probably wondering, “When will it happen? How will it happen?” Faith doesn’t demand details, it just keeps moving obediently forward, believing God for the right result!

by Pastor Ng Francis

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