Last week I left you with two statements:
~Standing is not passive but active
~Standing is a position of rest and trust
These are absolutely true statements, yet the words rest and active seem to contradict one another. Is rest an activity? Well… if you live in the Costadini household it is!
Rest is a place of trust; we can rest knowing that the promises of God are true. Trusting in Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross, which has provided our every need. So we rest, we cease from striving, knowing that it was a gift and we can never earn it by our works.
Hebrews 4:11 says we are to “labor to enter into that rest”. It might be a fight getting there but when you are there, you rest, you trust, you have a peace.
What does standing still activity look like?
~Put on the armor of God– Never stand unarmed
Ephesians 6 tells us to put on the full armor of God. Why? So we can resist and stand our ground against the enemy.
~Count His faithfulness
Do you remember the Psalmist (Psalm 77) I wrote about last week, the one questioning the Lord? In verse 10 he comes to the conclusion he was lacking God’s help because of his grief. He quickly gets over it and says: “I shall remember the deeds of the Lord”; and for the rest of the psalm he meditates, he remembers God’s goodness, and the Lord working in the life of the Israelites.
Sarah did this as well; in Hebrews 11 the writer tells us that she “judged (counted, considered) Him faithful who had promised”. Sarah knew the faithfulness of God. While standing you must count His faithfulness. What has He done in your life?
James tells us to count it all joy in the trial. The joy of the Lord gives you the strength to continue to stand. So start rejoicing!
God inhabits the praises of His people; your praises release God’s glory, His power in your life. Thanksgiving is the attitude of gratitude. Be thankful for what He has done and is going to do in your life.
~Confess the Word
Hebrews tells us to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised IS Faithful”. Make the Word of God the final authority in your life. Keep speaking God’s Word; He is faithful to bring it to pass.
~Fix your eyes on Jesus
He is the author & finisher of your faith. Isaiah tells us that those who keep their minds stayed on the Lord will be kept in perfect peace. Be immoveable!
~Pray in the Spirit
Jude says: “build yourself up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit”
Jesus tells us in Luke “Behold I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions and over ALL the power of the enemy”. Be bold!
~Determine to live by the Word, faith and love
Faith in God’s Word will only work by love. Walking in love must be a way of life in order for you to resist the enemy.
When we stand well in the trial we are ensured rest, peace, strength, joy and ultimately victory.
Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!
I would love to hear how you stand in a trial.