Surviving the Test of Faith by Standing on Your Ground

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore…” (Ephesians 6:13-14 NKJ).

Standing on your ground means to defend your territory against the adversary’s attacks and the enemy’s bluffs. In every organization, big or small, there exists a natural structure of leadership, responsibility and accountability. This natural structure of leadership, however, if violated for whatever reason, the organization is destined for failure and annihilation.

The devil, the adversary is zeroing on the leadership of every unit of the body of Christ; it may be a local congregation, a fellowship, a local church, or a cell group. Once leadership is struck out, the flocks become the easy target for a kill. When leadership is found to be spiritually lamed, compromised, or has been placed in a chokehold of the devil, God intervenes. God steps in and raise new leadership. Naturally (in a spiritual sense), a new breed of leaders arises to the occasion and picks up the mantle of the anointing to lead and care for God’s children.

Every believer must realize that we are fighting against spiritual forces in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). We don’t see our enemies with our physical eyes, but we are able to discern their movements and presence through the gifts of the Holy Spirit and by the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.

We are in constant battle against the devil and his cohorts. We cannot afford to lower our guard at any moment. We don’t give a chance for the devil to infiltrate our boundaries. The Apostle Paul admonishes us to be vigilant in prayer with thanksgiving, to pray without ceasing, to redeem the time for the days are evil, and to be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit. Paul knew that if loose our focus in the faith we become easy target by the enemy. We are to live by faith, walk by faith, steadfast in the faith, and established in the faith (1 Peter 5:8-9).

Be on guard. When the enemy begins his assault on your faith, you must not fear. Stand your ground. Your situation may be difficult, however, don’t give the devil a space, don’t allow negative feelings and negatives thoughts linger, resist them by declaring the Word of God. In the midst of storms, problems, hardships and sufferings in life, a child of God must remain faithful to his Father by obeying His Word.

There are four ways you should do when standing your ground to overcome the trouble or pass the test of faith:

First, be honest to yourself, and know what caused the storm in life. Did you create it? Are you reaping what you have sown? The Bible declares that we reap what we planted (Galatians 6:7-8). If your answer is yes, then ask God for forgiveness. Ask the people, who were affected by what you did, for forgiveness. Repent. Once you’ve done this act of humility, God will raise you up (1 Peter 5:6).

Second, give praise and thanks to God for every good thing that He has done in your life. One of way of giving glory to God aside from living according to His will is to give Him praise and thanksgiving. Praise and thanksgiving are the confessions of our faith. Praise is the declaration of God’s faithfulness, goodness and grace toward us. When Abraham was given the promise to be father of many nations, he believed, did not waver his faith and continued to give glory to God (Romans 4:20).

Third, stand in the Word of God. Every promise of God is yes and amen (2 Corinthians 1:20). Take His promises and live them by faith. Meditate on His Word. Think about your identity in Christ. Remind yourself of who you are in Christ Jesus, that you are with Him, joined and one spirit in Him (1 Corinthians 6:17). Now put into action every Word of God that pertains to your salvation. They are eternal life, redemption, healing of soul and body from every sickness and disease. You are blessed with exceeding blessings and you are join heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Also know that you have the mind of Christ and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 2:16b).

Fourth, rebuke and resist the devil (James 4:7). Speak the Word of God and resist the enemy in the name of Jesus. The devil has no authority to execute any power against a child of God. He devil has to yield in the commands of the Word of God in the name of Jesus. The devil has to obey and follow the authority and the power of the Word of God. The devil has no legal rights of touching the life of a child of God. We have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ forever and ever.

Lastly, rejoice in the presence of the Lord. Life in Christ is full rejoicing. We are more than conquerors in Him. In Him there is no lack. In Him there is no impossible for nothing is impossible with God if we believe. You must realize that in Christ, you are destined for victory and success (Romans 8:35-39).

“But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:39).

You see, if you remain standing in the Lord, you come out victorious. We don’t back down. We never quit. We continue standing and put defense between a breached in the wall. We keep on fighting the good fight of faith. We don’t give the watchman rest for we are determined to remain vigilant. We believe that God’s given vision in our hearts shall come to pass. It may tarry but it will surely come. Yes, whatever vision God has given in your heart will surely come to pass. Be steadfast and remain on your ground.

I’ve seen children of God with high hopes and visions from God, but they drew back. They’ve left their post; they’ve abandoned the wall and allowed the enemy to overrun them. But praise the Lord for the battle is not over yet. I have also seen new breed of warriors, with new hopes, new visions, and with new revelation of the Word. These are believers who have beautiful feet, because they keep their grounds and continue to advance the kingdom of God at all costs. They make their way to occupy what belongs for them, they are the trailblazers.

You see, a child of God who has revelation knowledge of his righteousness in Christ, shall never be intimidated by the enemy. He can always come into the presence of the Father with boldness, without guilt, without sin consciousness, free from condemnation, and fearless in the presence of his enemies. He resists the devil and the devil leaves him alone (1 Corinthians 15:57-58).

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