Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Stand

It seems to me that life is full of battles. My husband and I have had our share of life battles, and in those battles, there are choices. I can run or I can take my stand. Sometimes, many times in fact, I have run. The battle has been too much for me to face, so I head out as fast as I can. I don't stop to think, pray, listen, look, or just be. I run. I let fear get the best of me. Today, I spent a lot of time in prayer and I have asked God to give me the courage and the boldness to take the stand I need for Him. I don't want to run when the going gets too rough. When someone decides to say something untrue about my husband, I will take the stand for truth. When we are challenged to come up with funds, I will take the stand for God's Word and ask Him to enable me to believe IN His provision. When I am tired, emotionally drained, mentally exhausted, I will take the stand, and press into Jesus knowing that He is my strength.
I read Psalms 21 again this morning after praying, knowing that God was directing me there.  I put my name in place of King David's and it read like this:
"For you make Bethany most blessed forever: You make her joyful with gladness in Your presence.
For Bethany trusts in the Lord. And through the loving kindness of the Most High she will not be shaken. Your hand will find out all your enemies: Your right hand will find out those who hate you. You will make them as a fiery oven in the time of your anger; The Lord will swallow them up in His wrath, And fire will devour them. Their offspring You will destroy from the earth, And their descendants from among the sons of men. Though they intended evil against You And devised a plot, They will not succeed, For You will make them turn their back; You will aim with Your bowstrings at their Faces. Be exalted, O lord, in Your strength; We will sing and praise Your power."
Today I am praying for God to enable me to take The Stand for Him in all circumstances. I am praying that I will not lean on my own understanding, but only on Him. I am praying that through His loving kindness I will not be shaken. I am praying that though the enemy plots against me, because I am HIS child, I will always take The Stand IN Him.
Jesus, Say That Again, "Bethany, IN me take The Stand for truth, and I will be exalted!" 

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