After You’ve Done All You Can, STAND

Happy Monday! A day of new possibilities. A day that sets the tone for the week.

To be “strengthened” by the Lord is an often overlooked aspect of successfully standing in the day of evil. Yet it serves of great importance. When David faced the loss of his family and possible stoning by his friends, the Bible says that he “strengthened” himself in the Lord his God. When Paul stood before the emperor after being deserted by those closest to him, the Lord stood with him and “strengthened” him. These two great figures, after doing all they could do allowed the Lord to use them as they stood, not using their own strength but that of the Lords.

This post comes a little later in the day than the norm but that’s within reason. This morning I woke, accepting a new day as it was given to me and ready to STAND through the storm, hurt, pain and rain (as it’s forecasted to rain today). Well the Lord definitely heard my prayer the night before and with another 8 hours to my day I’ve faced ALL of these.

This morning was like no other. Name calling, disputes and spats is what I had for breakfast. Not your average waffles, eggs, french toast combo. Instead, I was served a great big dish of hurt and pain with a side of storm. As I tried to swallow the misfortune I called my morning it was leaving me sick. I was physically unable to rid the taste from my mouth from that wretched breakfast. I was physically weak in the knees, trembling, waiting for my inevitable fall. I was ready to throw in the towel, allow what happened this morning to break and define me. BUT, God said in his words “take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13). 

How do we prepare ourselves for spiritual battles? How do we position ourselves so that we are beneficiaries of God’s might, power, provision and protection in the face of attacks, in the face of enemies who are out to destroy us? The answer is found in Ephesians 6: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand. Stand firm then, with the (1)belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the (2)breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your (3) feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the (4)shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the (5)helmet of salvation and the (6)sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And (7)pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” 

Although we may prepare ourselves for spiritual battles we cannot predict them. However, because we belong to Him, He dwells in us even in the unknown. When all your strength fails you, when the hope you once had has fled, when others hurt you, or you get sick and can no longer stand or fight for yourself, it is then that God gives you His strength, His agility, His boldness, His wisdom and the confidence to stand, until you finish the race.

We must stand on holy ground and that can only be done once we make ourselves available and are determined to put on our spiritual armor, to fight the good fight and to finish the race that He has set before us, then and only then will we avoid a great fall. And, if we get weak in the knees and fall He is there to meet every one of our needs, His Word confirms that. He will never leave us nor forsake us because we are His and He cares for us.

“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

This week’s song is Stand by Donnie McClurkin

Lyrics:
What do you do,
When you’ve done all you can and it seems like its never enough.
And what do you say when your friends turn away and you’re all alone.
Tell me what do you give,
When you’ve given your all and it seems like you can’t make it through.
Well you just stand when there’s nothing left to do,
You just stand watch the LORD see you through.
Yes after you’ve done all you can, you just stand.

Tell me how do you handle the guilt of your past,
Tell me how do you deal with the strain.
And how can you smile when your heart has been broken and filled with pain.
Tell me what do you give,
When you’ve given your all and it seems like you can’t make it through.
Child, you just stand, when there’s nothing left to do.
You just stand watch the LORD see you through.
Yes after you’ve done all you can, you just stand, stand and be sure.
Be not entangled in that bondage, oh you just stand and endure.
GOD has a purpose, yes GOD has a plan.

Tell me what do you do,
When you’ve done all you can and seems like you can’t make it through.
Child, you just stand, stand, you just stand, stand, stand, stand,
Through the storm, stand, stand through the rain,
Stand, through the hurt, stand, yeah through the pain, you just.
Don’t you stop, stand, and don’t you bend, stand, don’t give up,
Stand, no don’t give in, you just.
Hold on, stand, just be strong, stand,
GOD will step in, stand, and it won’t be long, you just.
After you’ve done all you can

After you’ve gone through the hurt,
After you’ve done all you can, after you’ve gone through the pain,
After you’ve done all you can, after you’ve gone through the storm,
After you’ve done all you can, after you’ve gone through the rain,
After you’ve done all you can, prayed and cried, after you’ve done all you can,
Prayed and cried, after you’ve done all you can, prayed and cried,
After you’ve done all can, prayed and cried, after you’ve done all you can.
After you’ve done all you can, you just stand, oh, oh, oh, oh.

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