Bible Ballistics: BBs #127 How Strong for How Long???
We talked last time about being ‘strong in the Lord’, and we surely need HIS strength, but for how long? And how strong do we need to be? If we look at the passage in Ephesians 6, we understand that we are ‘wrestling’ against unseen ‘principalities…powers…rulers…..spiritual wickedness in high places’. In other words, the people around us are not the enemy!!! Satan and his minions are the enemy but they use people, and those people who come against us and ‘push our buttons’ are the very people for whom Jesus died.
John 3:16-18, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Jesus came that we might have ‘everlasting life’ in Him, but also that we might have that ‘strength’ of the Lord to ‘withstand in the evil day’!!! And friends, that’s where we are living—in the ‘evil day’. But when we keep on putting on the ‘armor of God’, we can be ready, willing, and able to stand for God. And we may be called on to stand in difficult places, like Jeremiah was. When Jeremiah was grieved, weary and in pain, he asked God about what was going on and received this answer:
Jeremiah 15:19-21, “Therefore thus saith the Lord, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them. 20 And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord. 21 And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.”
So??? Here’s our shot for today. Are you ready to stand? God provides for our strength, if we’ll but avail ourselves of His strength and power!!!
Wait – God will… “bring thee again”-hold where you are
Wait – You can…”stand before” God….stay there
Wait – Don’t exchange the “precious” for the “vile”
Wait – God will use You as His “mouth”
Wait – God will bring ‘them’ to you, don’t compromise,
Wait – God will ‘deliver’ YOU,
God will sustain you in your integrity,
God will guard against the enemy,
God will ‘redeem’ you—HE HAS!!!
STAND in HIS STRENGTH!!! TODAY!!! ALWAYS!!!