Tag: Stand

Believe And You Will Stand

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

Isaiah 7:9 in the KJV reads, “If you will not believe surely you shall not be established.” The NASB reads “If you will not believe, you surely shall not last.” But the NIV hints at something special going on in Hebrew. It reads “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.” If you read the Hebrew you find a play on words: “Lo taaminu ki lo teamenu” or “If you will not believe, you will not be established.”

You see, in Hebrew there’s no difference between trusting and being strong in God. The truth is, your walk is only as sure as your faith. Your spirituality is only as steadfast as your belief. Your life is only as strong as your conviction. You don’t become strong by trying to be strong, you become strong by strongly believing. So choose to trust God with all your heart, because if you don’t stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. Stand firm in your faith and you will stand strong in all.

Today’s Mission – Commit to standing firm in your faith today and in your life, no matter what comes your way.

by Jonathan Cahn

Standing Against the Devil

John MacArthurby John MacArthur

“Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7b).

Anyone who possesses scriptural humility will take an uncompromising stand against Satan.

The successful diplomat or politician is quite adept at the art of compromise and finding the middle ground on various issues. But such skill is a hindrance when it comes to determining your position before God. If you humbly, by faith and repentance, submit yourself to God’s authority, you will immediately find yourself the enemy of Satan. You are either in God’s kingdom and under His lordship, or you are in Satan’s kingdom and under his lordship. It is impossible to have one foot in each kingdom and to be serving both kingdoms’ rulers.

To “resist the devil” gives us insight into what it means to be an enemy of Satan. “Resist” means “to take a stand against” the person of Satan and his entire system, which includes everything he does and represents. Such resistance is the complete opposite of the position you had before you submitted to God. Ephesians 2:1-2 reminds us of what that position was: “You were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [Satan].” At that time, you had no power to resist the Devil and no desire to serve God, because you were slaves to Satan and his system (Heb. 2:14-15).

But all of that can and will change if you humbly switch your allegiance from Satan’s kingdom to God’s kingdom. In today’s verse the apostle James is promising you that as a part of that changed loyalty, you will automatically be in a position to take a stand against Satan. The minute you forsake Satan’s mastery he will flee from you.

Many Christians wrongly assume that Satan is much more powerful than he really is. But if you understand James’s promise you will know you have abundant spiritual resources to handle Satan’s empty threats. Being humble before God doesn’t mean being weak before Satan. God enables you to stand firm and resist.

by John MacArthur