Stand Firm on God’s Word for our Children

I am so excit­ed about the new web­site and all that I will be able to share with you.  Last week­end MPAC host­ed a con­fer­ence for moth­ers to help them under­stand how to “Stand Firm” for their chil­dren on the Word of God.  It was an amaz­ing time in the Lord with Praise and Wor­ship by Katie Furr.  There was also a very mov­ing Sacred Dance by one of our MPAC moms.  This was her tes­ti­mo­ny.

We also talked about the def­i­n­i­tions of “to stand firm” and what it means.  The dic­tio­nary states “stand” is a verb an action word mean­ing:

  • To rise to an upright posi­tion (upright means strict­ly hon­or­able or hon­est)
  • To remain sta­tion­ary with­out dis­tur­bance
  • To remain valid or unal­tered
  • To be like­ly to do some­thing
  • To act in a spec­i­fied capac­i­ty
  • To be a can­di­date for good or evil
  • To remain on a spec­i­fied course (to stand with inten­tion­al focus)
  • To be ready for an attack

These are just a few of the def­i­n­i­tions.  Are you will­ing to learn how to “stand firm”?

This is what the Bible says about to “stand firm” in Eph­esians 6:10–17

The Whole Armor of God

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty pow­er. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strate­gies of the dev­il. 12 For we are not fight­ing against flesh-and-blood ene­mies, but against evil rulers and author­i­ties of the unseen world, against mighty pow­ers in this dark world, and against evil spir­its in the heav­en­ly places.

13 There­fore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the ene­my in the time of evil. Then after the bat­tle you will still be stand­ing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s right­eous­ness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be ful­ly pre­pared. 16 In addi­tion to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the dev­il. 17 Put on sal­va­tion as your hel­met, and take the sword of the Spir­it, which is the word of God. (NLT)

Why is the armor impor­tant?  Each piece has its impor­tance.  The armor was tai­lored after the Roman sol­dier.

The belt of truth – the Roman sol­dier could tuck his tunic into the belt and be ready for bat­tle quick­ly.

The shoes of peace – the Roman soldier’s shoes were shod with nails on the bot­tom so they could dig into the ground and stand firm.  When you know who you are in Christ, you have the peace that pass­es all under­stand­ing.

The breast­plate of Right­eous­ness – the breast­plate cov­ered the chest area which includes the heart.  The heart is the organ that feeds the rest of the body.

The hel­met of sal­va­tion – The hel­met cov­ers your head which cov­ers your mind.  It pro­tects your mind.  When you have accept­ed Jesus as your Lord and Sav­ior, you know what is right and who you are in Christ.

The Shield of Faith – The Roman soldier’s shield was large enough for him to stoop behind.  They were leather or wood soaked in water to put out the fiery arrows.  We use our faith to put out the fiery darts of the dev­il.

The Sword of the Spir­it – The Roman sol­dier had 2 swords.  One was large which we see in pic­tures.  The oth­er one is a dag­ger which is for up close and per­son­al fight­ing.  The spir­it is the word of God.  So when you hear the ene­my talk­ing, all you have to do is quote scrip­ture and he will flee.  If you are not sure what to read, just open you Bible and start read­ing.

We are fight­ing from vic­to­ry not for vic­to­ry.   Jesus tri­umphed over the dev­il when He rose from the grave on the third day.  Satan has been try­ing ever since to get back at God, but he can’t.  Satan’s job is to kill, steal and destroy but God………. The dev­il only has as much pow­er as we give him.  When he comes and sits on your shoul­der and whis­pers in your ear, you imme­di­ate­ly need to go into war­fare mode.  You start by plead­ing the blood of Jesus over you then you con­tin­ue with prais­ing God and bless­ing Him.  If you con­tin­ue to praise, quote or read scrip­ture, the dev­il will leave.  Why?  He has to come in agree­ment with you or flee.  What do you think he is going to do?