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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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April 20, 2011 - Stand Firm

By Randy Mantik

Paul the apostle offers some powerful advice in Ephesians 6:13,14 when he says, “And after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then ... ” (NIV).

Life itself doesn’t always come equipped with answers to frequently asked questions, like the FAQ section on some websites. There are many things that happen that we will not understand. The gospel song says, “We’ll understand it better by and by.” That will be true when we get to heaven, but how do we deal with things now?

When you approach a situation that seems to have no easy resolution, when you hit a snag in life that will not let go and seems to threaten the unraveling of everything that you hold dear, Paul says, “Stand!” The word he uses here implies not just simply standing around. No. It means to abide, to keep on keeping on.

Someone has said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” That’s true in the Christian life too. It’s being in the right place and going about the right things and having the right attitude.

Consider God’s Word to the Children of Israel as they stood at the banks of the Red Sea. On one side, an uncrossable sea. On the other, an enemy that threatened to annihilate them. The people cry out to Moses.

“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:13,14).

Ah, therein is the hard part. It is easier when we can help a bit. The hardest thing to do is just to stand, in confidence, knowing that you’ve done all that you humanly know how to do. In the context of the passage from Paul that I quoted earlier, he uses the word “stand” four times. Do you think he’s trying to say something? Maybe just that most of our battle against the powers of darkness involves simply standing strong in trust and in prayer. The key thing is to understand that we “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10).

Corrie ten Boom, who suffered with the Jews in the Holocaust, summed it up this way: “Don’t wrestle. Just nestle.”

Stand. Stand firm. Do what you know to do. Then keep standing.

— Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint Assembly of God in Portage, Wis.



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