Through It All!

 

(Ephesians 6:13 KJVA)  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.

 

Today, we are not going to talk about the armour of God, You all should have heard sermon after sermon on it. The important thing is for you to put it all on, “the whole armour of God,” not just a piece of this and a piece of that, leaving your vital organs open for attack.

 

Today we are not going to talk about the evil day, that day which comes upon us all, that day which is coming in the not so distant future, that day that some of us have struggled with for years.

 

Today we are going to talk about “standing.” Because through it all we are instructed to “stand.”

 

Now through this week God has brought me from the very beginning of this message to the point that He has for us today. The message actually started in Hosea. You might remember the story of how this man of God Hosea was instructed by God to marry a prostitute. And not just any prostitute…. Her name was…. Gomer. What kind of father would name his daughter Gomer…  The name in Hebrew actually means to come to completion or failure.

 

So Hosea marries Gomer and she goes back to her old lovers. He does everything he can to keep her but she continues to run away form him. For some reason she thinks that it was her old lovers that supplied her with all the good things she had, but we know that it was always Hosea who kept her clothed and fed and warm and safe. Finally she ends up on the slave block and Hosea gives everything he has to buy her back.

 

This is a “type,” or a picture of how what God is doing and has done for us. We like sheep have all gone astray, and like the good shepherd God lays down His life for His sheep. Jesus tells us that He is the Good Shepherd.

 

And that is going to take me back once again to the outrageous claims that Jesus made about himself. He did not point anyone in any other direction then himself. All other religious founders, like Buddha and Confucius, or Mohammed, or even L. Ron Hubbard, they all pointed to a method or a way or a path but none were so bold as to say….”I am the way. The truth and the life.”  “I am the bread of life.” I am the good shepherd, I am the door, I am the light of life…..

 

Only Jesus compared himself with God. Only Jesus….. But we are not here today to discuss the truth of who Jesus is. You need to get that clear in your own head and your own heart. But let me just say this; all you really have to do is to even begin to look into the facts and you will discover that there can be no other truth then the fact that Jesus Christ lived…. He died upon the cross… He was raised form the dead and ascended into heaven…. And if all that is true, which it is then the rest is true and He sis coming again my friends… He is coming again.

 

So the analogy that God was making with Hosea marrying a prostitute is the story of our relationship with him.  God is like a loving husband to his wife. We are too often like an unfaithful wife. 

 

Throughout the book of Hosea there is one word that keeps being repeated. That word is first found in Hosea 4:16:

 

(Hosea 4:16 KJV)  For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.

 

That word if you have not guessed is “backsliding.”

 

In the original language it is:

 

saw-rar'

A primitive root; to turn away, that is, (morally) be refractory: -  X away, backsliding, rebellious, revolter (-ing), slide back, stubborn, withdrew.

 

Now, I first thought that this weeks message was going to be about backsliding. I was ready to preach fire and brimstone and tell you all to repent and the strongest of terms…..And You know I can do it! But that was not the way God wanted to handle things.

 

In the last chapter of Hosea God tells us that He will be there for us. He will heal our backsliding. He will rescue us. He will be our kinsman redeemer. He will be our salvation.

 

(Hosea 14:4 KJV)  I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.

 

It is God who by his stripes we are healed. It is He who paid the price and the full wages of our sin. It was God Himself who is the author and finisher of our faith who shows us the way through the valley of the shadow of death, who supplies our every need, who loves us with an everlasting, never-ending supernatural love.

 

And you know that would be al we would need to know, in a perfect world. But this is not a perfect world. In fact this is indeed a fallen world and we need a miracle every day.

 

We have to face trials of sickness and broken heartedness. We have to face temptations of anger, and lust, and gluttony and greed. We have to face boredom and loneliness. We have to face an enemy who is waiting like a crouching lion to pounce upon us and to kill, rob and destroy everything we are and everything we have ever worked for. This is not a one time say the prayer and everything form that point forward is going to be blissfully heaven sent.

 

This is a war. We are in a spiritual battle for our lives. This spiritual war gets played out on a very real physical realm of our daily lives. That is way all of this is so relevant. I do not know how you can look at it in any other way than to realize that God is speaking to you today and trying to guide you and lead you but in the end the choice of the path you go down is entirely yours. 

 

And sometimes those paths that we freely choose end up to be a lot steeper and a lot slippery than we at first thought they would be.  And you know maybe at first it was the right decision. And that path still might be the one that God wants you to be on but the storms of life have made it a difficult path to follow. That is when we have to go back to our original verse and see the thing that we need to do through it all.

 

(Ephesians 6:13 KJVA)  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.

 

“And having done all, to stand.”

 

What does it mean “to stand?”

 

Different translations put it; ‘To stand firm, to keep your place, to stand firmly in your place”

 

To really get a grip on what this is saying I want us to take apart the original word that Paul used.

 

ἵστημι        

histēmi

his'-tay-mee

A prolonged form of a primary word στάω staō (of the same meaning, and used for it in certain tenses); to stand (transitively or intransitively), used in various applications (literally or figuratively): - abide, appoint, bring, continue, covenant, establish, hold up, lay, present, set (up), stanch, stand (by, forth, still, up). Compare G5087.

And just looking at this definition I was still not givin the real depth of the words meaning. So I looked up the word that it told me to compare it to “G5087”

 

G5087

τίθημι         

tithēmi

tith'-ay-mee

A prolonged form of a primary word θέω theō (which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses); to place (in the widest application, literally and figuratively; properly in a passive or horizontal posture, and thus different from G2476, which properly denotes an upright and active position, while G2749 is properly reflexive and utterly prostrate): - + advise, appoint, bow, commit, conceive, give, X kneel down, lay (aside, down, up), make, ordain, purpose, put, set (forth), settle, sink down.

 

Ok.. So what I want you to look at is where is says “thus different from G2476, which properly denotes and upright and active position,”

 

So in other words our standing needs to be upright and the key word for us today is “ACTIVE”

 

Your standing needs to be active. You can not just stand there and let the enemy walk all over your. You and not just stand there and slide back down that slippery slope of despair. You can not just stand there and expect to go forward. You need to dig in. You need to press forward. You need to draw a line and say no further. You do not have to go two steps forward and one step back and can take those two steps forward then stand firm and take two steps more.

 

 Stand Firm

By Harrison Woodard

 

When the enemy surrounds you,

And there are no allies in sight.

When defeat looks certain,

Maybe, this very night,

 

Stand Firm.

 

When friends no longer care,

All your loved ones have gone away.

When your faith has been pushed to its limit,

And you can’t last another day.

 

Stand Firm.

 

When disease attacks your body,

And the doctors say there’s no way.

When life seems like it’s almost done,

And it hurts to even pray.

 

Stand Firm.

 

When Satan whispers in your ear,

“What’s the point in living?

Maybe you should end your life,

Don’t waste your time believing.”

 

Stand Firm.

God has delivered you!