It is Imperative that you Learn how to take a Stand!
Or you may be overwhelmed by everything… Something like that. It’s uncomfortable taking a stand, especially when it is viewed as controversial, or going against the popular majority. It’s easier for that stand to hold fast when your reason for doing so has a solid foundation and a background of purpose.
The best thing to remember, properly prepared and equipped, you are not taking a stand by yourself!
An easy example is talking negative about someone, or choosing to take the high road and not letting all that talk be entertained in your presence. Drawing the line and saying No… Changing directions and moving away from the experience. However you approach the high road, you are taking a stand on what you believe to be the right and better way of dealing with the issue.
Over the years we have all taken stands and lost friends in the process, even close friends. When your stand is based upon sound judgement, then what you have lost is probably not as big of a loss as you might imagine. Constantly being bombarded by an opposite viewpoint can weaken your stance over time. If you do not have a mechanism to stand up against something, you will eventually get swept up like so much flotsam in the tide.
The Apostle Paul wrote to a church about this. You may even know the reference very well! First of all, he tells us to take on God’s Armor. Not the pieces and parts that you might need in a moment of time, but put on the Whole Armor. (Ephesians 6:11-18) Why?
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)
If I am to understand his reference then my ability to withstand the devil of this world comes from being properly armored against the forces of this age. Spiritual hosts of wickedness. Rulers of Darkness. Principalities. Powers.
And not flesh and blood.
All of the negative things found in the arguments of those around me, come from being influenced by those spiritual forces that I need to be standing against! The enemy is not my brother, but the side he chooses may be the side of powerful spiritual forces!
So. I need armor. All of it!
What is this Armor? Paul describes it in the smaller pieces that protect us in certain areas of our lives.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (Ephesians 6:14-18 NKJV)
- Your waist is surrounded by truth. What you know, and what you produce, is NOTHING but Truth. Truth sets you free. (John 8:32)
- Your breastplate of righteousness protects your heart, because it is out of the abundance of the “heart” that the mouth will speak (Matthew 12:34). This Righteousness (Right Living) protects what you know and how you live!
- Your feet are shod with the preparations of the gospel of peace – and you are the presenter of peace! Blessed are the Peacemakers! (Matthew 5:9) You are not the challenger of their position! You are there to bring peace like Jesus gave us before he left! (John 14:27)
- You pick up that mobile tool of defense, that Shield of Faith, from which you will be able to quench (extinguish) ALL the fiery darts of the enemy! According to your faith so shall it be unto you! (Matthew 9:29) You are not deflecting the fiery dart away from you! Your shield of FAITH is quenching them when they strike!
- Put on that Helmet of Salvation – the protection of the Mind. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5)… Protect your Mind, that thinking piece of your life that can easily be swayed by the negatives of the dark forces surrounding us!
- Take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God – It is a sharper weapon that is offensively used and is better than anything you have in your personal arsenal. (Hebrews 4:12)
- Praying always… In the Spirit. (Romans 8:26)
Somewhere along the way we try to abolish the negative things around us with our own might. Be cautious with your human frailties in addressing these things… You are bound to lose when you argue from your own position. You are, after all, just flesh and blood.
So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6 NKJV)