Stand Firm Therefore!

Hebrews 12-

11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

12 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,

13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.

Ephesians 6

14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with the truth

Yes, there is much more to these verses, and many of us are well aware of the teaching found in the 6th chapter of Ephesians.

But I wanted instead to offer some encouragement. I know that many of us are weary, we are tired. We have seen more apostasy and full on lying in the church than we ever thought we would. That list of all that we have seen and heard is long. And we know it is only just begun – things will get much worse than they are now and even in that thought we do not know how bad it will get.

We have been shown the truth and it is our place to make a stand and to fight the good fight that is before us. There is much work to be done and there are many who need to have eyes as we have been given.

We rejoice in the fact that we have been taken from the deception even though some of us suffer personal rejection, some of us have been told when we have seen and heard is not what we have seen and heard, and some of us are literally in a time of separation into the wilderness. But this is a time to be strengthened and fed, not a time to retreat and give up what has been granted to us to finish.

So, in considering these verses, prayerfully consider the Greek which is rich in meaning –

Stand firm therefore, having girded (to gird all around, to fasten on one’s belt, around one’s self) your loins (the hip, procreative power) with the truth (as not concealing, in doctrine and profession,  to be true speaking).

We make ourselves ready for what is upon us, strengthening ourselves, the hip area is a place of strength, the loins a place of creating life, in speaking truth, giving out, teaching others what we have been shown, proper doctrine.

Jude 24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,

25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory majesty, dominion and authority before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Scripture taken from NASB, Hebrew-Greek Word Study Bible

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7 thoughts on “Stand Firm Therefore!

  1. Mkayla
    I found this most encouraging.Sometimes you read a passage of scripture many times and don’t really take the time to meditate on the truth therein , and then you read it again and it hits you like a bus. This verse had that effect on me this morning;

    13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.

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  2. Roman armor was put on in a particular manner. First, you had to put on the belt (which held the sword). This went around the middle, then crossing over at the back, the ends were attached to the breastplate. You could wear a belt without a breastplate, but not the other way ’round. So the Christian can wear the belt of Truth without the Breastplate of Righteousness,
    but he can’t wear the Breastplate of Righteousness without the Belt of Truth. So we can have our doctrine right, yet not behave righteously, but it’s impossible to be righteous if we don’t have our doctrine in place. I was a Christian 45 years before I heard that in a sermon by Jacob Prasch. It’s a mark of the apostate church that ‘doctrine’ is scorned as ‘legalism’, or ‘Pharisaical’, particularly the ‘Emerging Church. I hope this will be a blessing to someone here.
    Alan

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