After You Have Done Everything, Stand

  • Ephesians 6:10-13 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you…
  • 1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.

We are to stand firm in our faith and stand firm against the enemy. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith (1 Peter 5:8-9). If the enemy can steal the promises of God from you through deception such as doubt, unbelief, or fear, he will gladly do it. He’ll make you doubt God’s goodness or set up any other ploy to have you let go of what rightfully belongs to you. Standing then becomes your weapon against the enemy.   You can stand fast in the true grace (strength) of God (1 Peter 5:12) so that you may have great endurance and patience (Colossians 1:11). You have to see “standing” a bit like a confrontation with the enemy. One of you is going to give up. Make sure it’s not you!

How to stand for your victory:
  1. Know the Word, including the promises of God, so you know what you can stand for. If the Word says it’s yours, contend and stand for it until it is yours, e.g. healing, freedom, finances to meet your needs.
  2. Stand in God’s strength knowing what Christ has already purchased for you on the cross.
  3. Stand firm in the will of God, mature and fully assured (Colossians 4:12).
  4. Take Paul’s warning seriously in 1 Corinthians 10:12: “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” Don’t let go of a promise that belongs to you because you don’t want to wait. Don’t let go of your rights and privileges as a child of God.

Call to action:
Stand securely in the promises of God today. If there’s any prayer request that you’ve put before Him and it’s taking time to come to pass, don’t give up but stand. Contend for your victory by declaring the Word and thanking God for His promises.