Saturday, January 2, 2010
Lifting Up A Standard
How great it is to know that When the enemy comes against us like a raging flood tide , the Spirit of the Lord will drive him back. The problem is that a lot of Christians will not stand on that word. Although when we read this scripture we tend to think about our struggles with the powers of darkness and rightly so, but this scripture will be completely fulfilled in the day when the anti christ will sweep down on Israel in his effort to destroy the Jews and to stop Jesus from setting up His kingdom in Jerusalem, a battle which Satan will lose, but let us talk about another standard today.
There has, also, always been a standard to be lifted up by Christians. The value of any system is based on a standard. The army, of this nation, has a standard that all soldiers must abide by and the value of any Christian must be based on his or her love, and loyalty for the Master. That loyalty and love is the foundation for our standard as a follower of Christ.
As Christians we all know radical changes had taken hold in our society, with massive attacks on the family and our faith. The Roe vs. Wade court decision legalized abortion in the U.S., Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Bible, were removed from schools, and parents discipline of their children was frowned upon. Homosexuals openly parade our streets, same sex marriages are preformed in our churches, homosexuals stand behind some of our pulpits and all these sins and a lot of others are a disgrace in God's eyes . The result was radical change and sweeping ungodliness in this country. Divorce rates began to skyrocket, and families were breaking down at a record speed. Isaiah 59:19 says, "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. We as Christians, with the Lord's help, must lift that standard high before there is a slipping away of our freedom of speech, and freedom to preach the uncompromised Word of God. The flood has already started and we must lift up that standard. We must not compromise the Word of God. It is a lamp that guides us in this world of darkness.
It is our job as followers of Christ to go through the gates that are kept shut today in our society. We are living in a day of looseness in our churches, our homes, our morals, and our standards. We are failing our young people and this whole generation because we are not preparing the way for them, That old time way, the old paths to walk there in. But we can still prepare that way. We can still lift up that standard. We need to lift up a standard, a banner, that shows to our children and the world that this is the way and make it plain and straight. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.