ago I went through a lengthy season when the Lord was
teaching me to "stand".
CONFIRMATION: My son called me into his room to look at
his Spanish computer program Wayne bought him. When I
came in, there was a scene where this very sleepy man in
bed was being wakened by his wife. She kept saying, "Levantate!"
Previously I had heard the Lord's still small voice say
Levantate to me. As we were looking at the computer
screen the Holy Spirit reminded me of that. Anna asked a
Spanish speaking friend the meaning and it means, "You
stand!" In the Lord's humorous way, He was one more time
reaffirming me to STAND.
notice in the following scripture, the word "stand" in
the Greek is used 3 times, and the 4th time the word
withstand is used, the root of the word also comes from
stand. CAPS mine:
my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of
his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may
be able to STAND (2476) against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of
the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness
in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour
of God, that ye may be able to WITHSTAND(436) in the
evil day, and having done all, to STAND(2476).
STAND(2476) therefore, having your loins girt about with
truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of
peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith
ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the
wicked. 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, and
watching thereunto with all perseverance and
supplication for all saints.
(his'-tay-mee); a prolonged form of a primary stao
(stah'-o) (of the same meaning, and used for it in
certain tenses); to stand (transitively or
intransitively), used in various applications (literally
abide, appoint, bring, continue, covenant, establish,
hold up, lay, present, set (up), stanch, stand (by,
forth, still, up). Compare NT:5087.
anthistemi (anth-is'-tay-mee); from NT:473 and NT:2476;
to stand against, i.e. oppose:
yourselves therefore to God. Resist (436) the devil, and
he will flee from you.
PARABLE FROM THE PAST:
Saturday's bowling parable really tickled me. Sonshine
is on a league where the sizes of the children range
from about 3½ feet to 6 feet tall. (I'm not sure of the
ages.) I watch the tiniest kids walk out to the line,
bend over and either yank or roll that ol' ball all the
way down the alley. And then they stand, and stand and
stand some more. They watch that ball go about zero
miles per hour all the way down, an inch at a time. When
the ball finally hits the pins, the pins fall in slow
motion too. One at a time, they fall, usually like
dominoes in slow motion.
one particular tiny girl who stands with her right arm
in the air, straight up to heaven, while she watches the
ball go down the alley. That arm doesn't budge until the
last pin is down. I have seen her week after week do
this. It is so precious. She reminds me of baby Moses.
Every time I see her it is a pure delight. And she is so
short and tiny!!!! I have marveled at the parable:
warfare and learning our authority, it doesn't matter
how powerful, how fast, or how fantastic the delivery of
the words, the only thing that matters is the pointing
of that little will in the right direction and standing
to see the results. Oh God You are so marvelous. I am so
blessed to see the things You delight in!
QUICKENED SIGN: A mighty oak tree grows from a little
nut who holds its ground.
to Ponder are summaries of His quickened Words}
PONDER: STAND AND DO NOT BUDGE
training you to be My overcomer. This is training for
ruling and reigning, ultimately with darkness under your
feet. Your commission is to learn to stand. Standing is
a defensive position that does not budge… not even an
inch, no matter what.
declare My Word, it is like pointing a weapon towards
the hindrance, then faithfully waiting for the weapon to
make contact. In the midst of the opposing confusion,
noise and distraction, it takes the strength of your
will to withstand doubt as you believe My Word. It takes
an active part to resist and say no to that which drains
enemy does not have sovereign knowledge of your will. He
tests the will of man to find weak links. When you learn
to stand firm without budging, you not only show the
enemy that your will is rock hard and unwilling to
compromise, but it also closes the breaches to your
weaknesses. Learning to stand in My Name will ultimately
bring defeat to yours and My enemies.
yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he
will flee from you." (James 4:7)