BY: RAY PRINZING
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)
Liberty is the sphere, in which we are to stand, and the freedom of the Spirit is our strength of defense, we must maintain it at all costs. Only as we are fully cleansed within from all Babylonish ways, can we stand strong in our liberty, and not be entangled again with that yoke of bondage to man’s tradition and religious institution which would usurp the headship of our Lord Jesus Christ in our life.
“Stand fast in one spirit.” (Phil. 1:27) “He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.” (I Corinthians 6:17) If we join our spirit to the spirit of the world, or to a spirit of bitterness, a spirit of jealousy, etc. all this spells our defeat if not soon corrected. We are to be joined to HIM, and in that “one spirit” we will also know oneness with those “of like precious faith.” (II Peter 1:1)
“So stand fast in the Lord.” (Philippians 4:1) His Lordship is a vital necessity. Our submission is to Him in all things, and we rest in the fact that He is in control of all that touches our life. We give no place to the devil, we give no place to evil, we give no place to the injustices that would usurp rule over us – we give place only to Christ, that He might fulfill His will in us day by day, step by step.
“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith.” (I Corinthians 16:13) Identified as ‘THE faith”, it is not just ‘any faith’! Nor is it only the ‘faith of our fathers’ if their faith was built on tradition and creed of man. Jesus said, “have the faith of God.” (Mark 11:2) God-placed faith, not a borrowed revelation, but that personal quickening which He imparts, that we might “know in Whom we have believed”.
“Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will shew you today…the Lord shall fight for you. And ye shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:13-14) Such is the victory of those who stand in Him.