When the children of Israel reached the shore of the Red Sea and their Egyptian masters were riding hard on their heels to capture and re-enslave them, the situation looked bleak. But Moses told the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today” Exodus 14:13
Once we know that something is right according to God’s Word, our responsibility is to take our stand. When you stand firm for truth, your life will be a witness to your family, your friends, your neighbors, your workplace and even at one of the most difficult place to stand firm….at school. Middle School, High School and College campuses are wrought with peer pressure to follow the crowd even if they are headed in the direction of hell. But Christ has not left us to do this alone. He has provided His own armor to protect us and to help us to stand.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. … 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 6:11,13.
It seems that the overarching idea in this passage is that the correct posture for those wearing the armor of God is to stand!
I am so proud of Nick Eiden and his CrossCurrent Youth Ministry team who are taking a stand for what the Bible says is good and true. Likewise with Jeff Burnett and the Encounter leadership team who are standing tall on the Fort Hays campus with the message that God’s Not Dead (they showed that movie Monday night to a packed crowd in the student union). Both groups kick off their Wednesday night programs tonight at C3. Pray that God will protect them and empower them as they begin this new semester.
We all need to be reminded that with God all things are possible, including living a life without worldly conformity and compromise. Let us follow the example of our young people and resolve now by God’s grace to stand firm on the Rock and resist the waves of compromise whose aim is to sweep God’s children from the shores of salvation that Jesus died for. And always remember that when you take your stand, you do not stand alone. Christ and His church stand with you.
Your pastor and partner in ministry,