A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, May 12, 2014
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:13
Have you ever thought about what God was really saying when He instructed us to stand after we have done everything else? I have. And today, we are going to catch the revelation! We are going to ride the revelation wave! Surf’s up. Cool, dude.
Let us go through the steps leading up to the final landing of standing, as these pre-requisite actions are equally important as the standing itself. For a detailed list of the whole armor, please read Ephesians 6:10-18. I am going to begin at the place after one has taken up the whole armor of God.
The Greek word for “withstand” is anthistemi (pr. anth-is-tay-mee) which is “to stand against, oppose, resist” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “resist” as “to exert force in opposition, to exert oneself so as to counteract or defeat.” In our own strength, we do not have the ability to counteract the resistance of the world or the attacks of the devil; however, as sons and daughters of the Most Powerful God, we don’t have to go it alone—we just need to call on our Divine Daddy!
1 John 4:4 puts the devil on notice concerning Who our Father is: “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and seek His forgiveness for our sins; when we accept His sacrifice and sinless Blood as atonement for our sins; and when we ask Jesus to be Lord over us and our lives, inviting Him to live permanently in us; then watch out devil! We now have the greater One in us and the backing of Heaven at our disposal! Zechariah 4:6 testifies “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts.”
When we have “done all,” we katergazomai hapas (pr. kat-er-gad-zom-ahee hap-as), meaning “to work fully, accomplish, to finish, fashion, absolutely all, the whole.” Webster defines “fashion” as “mode or action of operation; a prevailing custom, usage, or style.”
“Doing all” means confessing the Word of God over our situation or circumstance; because the Truth of God’s Word trumps the facts of any situation or circumstances. Despite what the situation looks like, God’s Truth tells it the way it really is. The facts state that no person can walk on water; but the truth is that Peter did! This strategy, the prevailing strategy, means doing it God’s way and using God’s Word as your defense, because God is our Defense.
The Great Truth-setter Himself assures us that “so is My Word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). God is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13). When Jesus declared “it is finished” (John 19:30), He meant it! The devil was defeated once and for all. Everything else is just the noise from this defeated demon echoing his eventual, inevitable, and eternal roasting in hell.
The final “stand” is histemi (pr. his-tay-mee) which means “abide, continue, covenant.” When we have done all—stood on the Word of God, confessed God’s Word over our situation or circumstance that has presented itself to us, released this hindrance over to God; then we histemi. We continue to abide in Jesus. John 15:4-5 releases and relieves us of the responsibility that only the Father can carry: “abide in Me [Jesus], and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
We simply rest in the covenant that we made with God Himself. Webster’s Dictionary defines “covenant” as “a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement. A written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action.”
When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we enter into the promise of God written in the heavens before He laid the foundation of the earth; that covenant in which the Father sealed with the spotless, sinless Blood of His Son for all to witness.
The Hebrew word for “covenant” is briyth (pr. ber-eeth) which is “a compact made by passing between two pieces of flesh.” In the days of old, when individuals, tribes, regions, or nations entered into a covenant with each other, they took this event extremely seriously; as it was permanent, and lasted for hundreds of generations. They cut an animal into pieces and both parties passed between the pieces of flesh symbolizing that they were now one.
The amazing thing is that the weaker party now has all of the power and authority of the stronger one, and which they could draw upon at any time! When we become sons and daughters of the Most High Father, He tells us that all that He has is ours (Luke 15:31), which includes His power and authority!
Are you at the end of your rope, my brother? Barely hanging on, my sister? Then let go, and let the covenant of the Father stand in the gap for you, speak on your behalf, and give you the victory.
Father, thank You that we are in covenant with You. Thank You that we, who are weak, became strong when we cut covenant with You through Your Son, because You are strong through our weakness. We thank You, Mighty Father, for fighting our battles because we stand on Your Word. In Jesus Name, we thank You that Your covenant speaks so that we do not have to. Amen and Amen!
Take Action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to stand on the Word of God. Choose to rest in God’s covenant by abiding in Jesus, and allowing Him to abide in you. Choose to focus on the beautiful face of the Father rather than the distorted lie of your circumstances. And continue to fight the good fight of pointing to the Father; for God, your Living Covenant, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.