Standing Firm in Jesus

There is innate beauty in standing. See a baby who can finally stand up and you see the giggling pleasure in his or her eyes. The whole body is excited. It has taken effort, balance, development, courage and when standing is finally accomplished, there is joy, excitement, good pride. And our command from Jesus is to stand firm. When attacked, stand firm. Keep your joy is the meaning. Keep remembering the joy of standing. Remember the joy of your salvation. Remember the joy of heaven being our home. Jesus does the fighting. Our job is to pray a LOT and stand. Stand for what is right, stand despite wanting to run away, it is not all fun and games but remember the joy and stand firm anyway. It is joyful. Standing is beautiful.❤

When Ministry Challenges

When you are blocked in ministry, pray. Talk to the higher ups intelligently and spiritually. Then put it in God’s hands for the outcome. Do what you can, though. The days of delicately sitting aside and letting the enemy win are over. Stand up for Jesus. He died for you. ❤

The Woman Stands

A throng of men have called her doll

And many used her will so tall

To capture what they could from her

They fought the desire to keep her.

So used and left became her life

Always a mistress, never a wife

And on the lonely nights she kept

But the woman says “I stand.”

Now many lonely nights she cried

Once wounds had finally multiplied

And their fruit of labor could not be denied

And through her tears and broken heart

Abused by all and then thrown out

Aside she whispers to the wind “I fold.”

And does she know or massage her mind

The God Man did she dare to find

To tell her the beauty she left behind?

And when she folded, she allowed

The One who made her to arrive

He held her through her tears and cried

“I am not broken but I was for you”.

And with new peace and joy and love

Her beauty flowing from above

She grabs His hand and humbly smiles

And now she says with thankful life

“We stand.”❤

Standing Tired

I am tired. I am still standing for truth, justice and the American country God’s way, but I am tired. Those of us in the midst of this spiritual war we are in (whether we realize it or not) are tired. We are only human, after all, right? The war rages on relentlessly and each person seems a tug of was between good and evil in their hearts. I fight it in mine also. The battle is actually not easing down but ramping up. We stand for the Lord but we’re getting so beaten up by evil that we are tired. So, what do we do for that? Give up? Well, people who say we come without a manual are mistaken. We have the Bible, which teaches us everything we ever need to know about life and war. We read in there that we are to wear our Spiritual armor every day, which includes reading the Bible and praying, knowing our salvation and having the fruits of the Spirit evidenced in our lives. It also says to meet together with other people of like faith (which assumes they actually have some of that) and encourage each other in the faith (not put on a show, not join with them in dogmatic rituals, not speak our own minds). We need to be very careful of the churches we are attending in these spiritually disturbing times. Many churches are really not serving the Lord anymore but just themselves, being more worldly than the world and teaching traditional opinion of man rather than Biblical opinion of God. There are still some around where the enemy hasn’t found a way to corrupt, so seek them out. Please don’t get me wrong. I am not encouraging church jumping on a whim. I am only saying that if the church you are attending does not worship the Lord and teach the Bible without adding their own opinion as fact, etc., stand up for God and follow the Biblical protocols for addressing the situation. If independent, you are within the Biblical mandate to shake off the dust from your feet from there and seek out a church home that is in accordance with Scripture. We can study the Bible ourselves and pray and we should eagerly and faithfully do that, but we still need to encourage each other in a way that gives us needed strength but also gives all honor to God and not anyone else. I will refresh my soul in this way and will not stand tired but hopeful that I am doing what I should be doing and can rest peacefully in the hope that Christ gives us when evil will pass away forever! I want to go to heaven if for no other reason than the fact that the Spiritual war will be over and there will not be bad guys ever again! Yay!