Withstand and Stand – 7/15/18 PM

Withstand and Stand

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore 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.

Intro:

  1. The Christian’s Armortake unto you the whole armour of God
  2. The Christian’s Abilitythat ye may be able
  3. The Christian’s Attitudethat ye may be able to withstand in the evil day; and having done all

First Mention Principle:

  • Numbers 22:32 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:

The story is of the angel of the Lord trying to oppose the prophet Balaam.

Balak asked Balaam to curse God’s people. Balaam told them he would pray about it.

What a turncoat!! What a loser!!

The Angel of the Lord stood in his way, because his way was perverse

He was hesitant to stand against the enemy.

He entertained the thought of cursing God’s people.

He was slow to make up his mind about which side he was going to be on!!

The Bible says that the angel of the Lord WITHSTOOD him.

Notice the meaning of the word in Hebrew.

 

Hebrew: WITHSTAND07854 שׂטן satan saw-tawn’

AV-Satan 19, adversary 7, withstand 1; 27

adversary, one who withstands

The angel of the Lord literally made himself an adversary of this prophet.

Greek: WITHSTAND – anthistemi anth-is’-tay-mee

AV-resist 9, withstand 5; 14

1) to set one’s self against, to withstand, resist, oppose

2) to set against

Other places where we see this Greek word:

  • James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
  • I Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

To withstand, you and I must not just be something – we have to DO something!

We cannot just duck and hide and ignore the evil in the evil day.

We have to go on the offense; we have to resist; we have to become adversarial.

We must impede Satan’s progress; we must hinder his work.

Question: What are you doing to WITHSTAND IN THE EVIL DAY?

Question: If you are withstanding, ARE YOU DOING ALL? Have you done all you can??

Withstanding in the evil day is not sitting down with your arms crossed.

Withstanding in the evil day is not just disagreeing with something.

Withstanding in the evil day is not just shaking your head saying “I can’t believe that!”

Withstanding in the evil day is not just talking about how bad it is to your friends.

Withstanding in the evil day is not just liking and not liking social media gifs.

Withstanding in the evil day is taking action to impede the advancement of the Devil.

Withstanding in the evil day is doing something to put a blockade in the devil’s path.

Withstanding in the evil day is getting involved in adversarial activity.

 

It’s not sitting back waiting on the rapture.

It’s not joining a church where the pastor withstands.

It’s not making friends with people that withstands.

It’s not reading books about famous people that withstands.

 

For you to withstand in the evil day, you are going to have to do something!

For you to withstand in the evil day, you are going to have to say something!

For you to withstand in the evil day, you are going to have to make some decisions!

For you to withstand in the evil day, you are going to have to break off relationships with evil doers.

For you to withstand in the evil day, you are going to have to get involved in things you’d prefer not to.

For you to withstand in the evil day, you are going to have to make yourself a target at times.

For you to withstand in the evil day, you are going to have to reject the calls for you to stay quiet.

For you to withstand in the evil day, you are going to have to ignore the name calling and insults.

For you to withstand in the evil day, you are going to have to pull out your sword and start hacking!

 

Withstanding means you’re going to get dirty.

Withstanding means you’re going to get bloody.

Withstanding means you’re going to rile up the wrong people.

Withstanding means you’re going to burn some bridges.

Withstanding means you’re going to make some enemies.

 

Withstanding also means that you will make a difference.

Withstanding also means that you might salvage a person’s life, or home, or marriage.

Withstanding also means that you’re fighting the good fight of faith.

Conclusion: Once you’ve done everything you possibly can do to withstand, then STAND!!