Stand Your Ground

In today's world, it's important that we stand our ground as Christians. The world will try to push us further and further down the slippery slope of compromise. It's important that we stand our ground.

There are a couple ways to do that. One is to build our lives on the word of God. The Bible says that the winds and the rains came upon the houses built on the rock and on the sand, but that the one build on the rock withstood the storm. Building your house on the rock means following the commands of Jesus and eschewing the ways of the world. It means standing your ground.

Secondly, you can stand your ground by putting on the armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-11 says:

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

In a war the battles won or lost have to do with ground taken or given. You need to stand your ground and be suited up in the armor of God. You need the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and the sword of the Spirit.

We are in a war. There are battles all around us. If it feels like there is pressure, that is because there is. In the culture there are pressures to abandon the word of God because it goes against the flow of humanity's ever increasing desire to go further and further down the drain. When we speak against sin we're told that we're being judgmental and that it isn't loving.

Hogwash.

What isn't loving is to watch a generation slip down the tubes and go straight into hell. 

The third way we have of standing our ground is to stand. Literally. One day, while living in Babylon, the three friends of Daniel were put to the test. They were quagmired in a quandry. Face certain death if they did not bow down to the statue Nebuchadnezzar had erected or disobey their God. They made their fateful decision.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were publicly asked, along with many others to bow to the image of gold when they heard the music play They knew what was expected of them. They were expected to bow down their morals, values, and beliefs, along with their loyalty to God. After all, their life was on the line.

But, yet they did not bow. They did not yield. They did not suddenly need to tie their shoes. I wonder how many other Jews were in the field that day. Did one of them see someone they know go down and think that because he was doing it it must be okay? Did another go down and then another until everyone was paying obeisance to the image? 

Did Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego feel the need to stand with the crowd in order to avoid standing out? Obviously not. Their loyalty to God and their desire to stand their ground was stronger. In the end God delivered them and they were vindicated. But even if God had not delivered them, it would still have been the right thing to do.

Friends, as our days grow darker the pressure will ever increase for you to give ground up to the enemy. Don't you do it. Put on your armor, follow the word of God and no matter what, stand your ground. 

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