Posted by: bshelley | April 30, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for May 5, 2008

Today’s Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which you stand, NASB

“Standing of the Promises” has always been a favorite hymn of many. Relax, I am not going to try to change that. Quite the contrary, I want you to take a look at the foundational concept from that sacred song today. What does it mean to stand on His promises anyway? Does anyone stand for anything much anymore? In a world gone mad with political correctness and post-modernist beliefs that all values are equal, it seems all so very pushy of us to stand on promises, does it not? Many might disagree with this assertion in words, but in action might be the very epitome of this problem. Standing requires the expenditure of energy. I am the first to kid around about a song leader that has everyone stand up every other song. I call it “Christian aerobics”. So, it is not that kind of standing up we are talking about, is it? The kind of standing up Paul is speaking to the church about is the kind that requires us to stand for something, or as it were, someone. We are to stand for Jesus and His teachings in a world that will consider us to be weak, stupid or just plain doormats. Doormats do not stand, but then many Christians don’t either. If we don’t stand up for God’s word and teachings when people use His name in vain, we are no better than doormats. When we don’t stand up against leaders in our cities who look to the moral weakness of the citizens for tax revenues, we are doormats. When we tolerate sin in our homes either on TV or the computer, we are not standing. Standing on the promises has something to do with everyday life, not just the end. When we overlook the anti-God and sinful stances of political candidates and don’t demand better, we are not standing. Commit to God that you will in word and deed stand on and for His promises. Stand up to intolerance of Christian beliefs as the only politically correct group it seems ok to bash. Risk intolerance and stand on the gospel you have been preached. It is Satan that promotes tolerance of sin, not Jesus. Stand up.

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