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08/22/2012

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Standing Our Ground


"Well I won't back down, no I won't back down. You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won't back down
Gonna' stand my ground, won't be turned around. And I'll keep this world from draggin' me down, gonna' stand my ground and I won't back down
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Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne 1989

As Christians, we are engaged in a kind of warfare....A spiritual warfare.... "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of the heavenly realms" (Eph.6:12). As the apostle Paul tells us, it is being waged in the heavenly realms (the spiritual realm). Before we became Christians, we followed the ways of the world and allowed ourselves to be sucked into it's sinful nature. There was no need to take a stand because we were just doing what was acceptable in the world. When Jesus came into our lives, we found a reason to stand our ground..."Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power" (Eph.6:10). We now have the desire to be strong....Strong in the Lord.... Strong in the power of His might....It won't always be easy to stand our ground, but anything that is truly worthwhile, is worth the extra effort. If it was easy, everyone would do it...Paul told his protege Timothy; "In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" (2 Tim.3:12). Paul lets us know that we when we decide to stand our ground, help is available. In Eph.6:13-18, we are told about the armor of God. It would be good for us to read these verses and meditate upon them today. They give us tools for the battle. I don't know if Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne had this in mind when they wrote the words to their song, but they certainly apply to us. As strong believers, we just won't back down! As Jesus' disciples, we are to keep this world from dragging us down......We are not to be turned around.....We are to stand our ground....

Have a great day.... Christians make a difference.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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