Is It Really Worth It?

“If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”
Isaiah 7:9

For 6000 years now, since God created mankind to exist on this planet, our world has been engaged in a battle between the light and darkness, good and evil, integrity and corruption, pride and humility. And it is no surprise to us that this battle involves non-other than the prince of darkness.

Currently, there are over 7.5 billion people on this planet in the arena who are either battling for righteousness or unrighteousness. The world’s population is greater than ever, so the stakes for this spiritual war are the highest they have ever been.

To “stand” means to maintain our position in the face of pressure. Throughout history, this has been God’s call to those who serve Him.

God spoke to Jeremiah, “Stand against the whole land… They will fight against you, but will not overcome you, for I am with you” (Jeremiah 1:17-19).

God said to Ezekiel, “Stand up on your feet, and I will speak to you.” Ezekiel records, “As He spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet” (Ezekiel 2:1-2).

God said Daniel, “Consider carefully the words I’m about to speak to you and stand up.” (Daniel 10:11, 19).

After experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter moved from the place of fear into a place of courage and boldness (Acts 2).

God said to Paul, “Get up and stand on your feet. I’ve appeared to appoint you as a servant…” (Acts 26:16).

The dominion of darkness, waves of wickedness and the race to ruin are no different today as they were in the first century when the Church had to stand for the truth that ultimately sets civilizations free. The devil is trying to bully God’s people because when we make our stand against the kingdom of darkness, Satan's power is reduced.

What are we Christians standing up for? It’s all a matter of our biblical worldview! It’s the only worldview that promotes human life as precious, valuable, and created by God. That proclaims the only fact-based salvation offered to all on the bases of God’s grace. That promotes a life abundant in blessings, power and purpose. And to top it all off, it promises a secure eternity that is consumed with peace and joy. All of this is what we are challenged to stand up for as God’s ambassadors!

So my question for all of us is this – is it really worth it standing up for God's truth?

As we stand for our biblical convictions, we can claim a powerful promise, “No weapon formed (fashioned, forged) against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord…”(Isaiah 54:17)

God bless us as we stand together!

Pastor Dave

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