STAND UP, DON’T RUN AND HIDE

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When I was growing up, attending a small full gospel church, one of my favorite songs was “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus”.

This morning I keep hearing the first verse in my heart and head.  Here it is:

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross; lift high his royal banner, it must not suffer loss. From victory unto victory his army shall he lead, till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

See, in that verse there is truth that we  must continue to embrace every day… and it shows us our responsibility to do several things:

We are here to RAISE up His royal banner which I believe includes:

His Name, His Cross, His Love, His Grace.   We must not be ashamed of the gospel or His NAME – the Name of JESUS.  We must not bow to those “authorities” that say we cannot speak His name or His truth.  It is up to us.  This is our ASSIGNMENT everyday.

We must stop fighting in the flesh, we must war on our knees, and     with our praise, and with our witness of LOVE.  “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life…” John 15:13

We must be faithful witnesses and not fear the face of men.

Our mindset MUST shift from defeat to VICTORY.  From victory unto victory. He always leads us in triumph.

When we fight on behalf of truth we must remember that TRUTH is a person.  He came to lay His life down for all.  He doesn’t desire that any, I mean anyone, should perish…..especially those who are most deceived.

We must be light and be different in our responses to all the deception and difficulties.  Light  overtakes darkness.  Remember that religious darkness is just as bad, perhaps even worse, than any other kind of darkness.   The letter of the law KILLS.

ARE we really soldiers of the cross?  Are we willing to lay our life down for others who are yet enemies of truth?  Isn’t that what He did for us?

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

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