Stand Up!

Hey Dearies,

Trust y’all doing great. How was church today? If you’re still saying you are not the ‘church-church’ type, well, I’ll say you are missing out on so much manna that could make your life better and easier. It’s all about Him!

Today’s hymn is a call, a challenge, a reminder. Read, sing, meditate, enjoy!

Stand Up

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

Ye soldiers of the cross,

Lift high His royal banner,

it must not suffer loss.

From victory unto victory,

His army shall He lead,

till every foe is vanquished,

and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

the trumpet call obey;

forth to the mighty conflict,

in this His glorious day.

Ye that are brave now serve Him

against unnumbered foes;

let courage rise with danger,

and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in His strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer,

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

the strife will not be long;

this day, the noise of battle,

the next the victor’s song.

To those who vanquish evil

a crown of life shall be;

they with the King of glory,

shall reign eternally.

Stand up for JESUS!!!

For how long shall we be comfortable sitting, ye soldiers of the cross?

For how long shall we allow evil to thrive?

For how long shall we hide our light? ‘I don’t want people to see me as being too religious’ we say or ‘i just believe in live and let live.’

Well, the only thing necessary for evil to thrive is for good men to sit back and watch, and say or do nothing!

In your little corner, please shine, by all means shine!

“And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not (i daresay cannot) comprehend it.” – John 1:4

A little candle, when lit can brighten up a whole room, never mind the fact that it is just a little candle. Same for the light you carry, it can brighten up the world if you keep it burning.

Sometime ago, I read about a young undergraduate. According to the guy, he was a Christian, not just the ‘shout it loud, rub it in the face of others’ kinda christian. By that i mean he believes there is a God, who sent His son to die for our sins. He reads the bible, he prays but preach? he had not tried that out and he just believed he wasn’t cut out for it, it was sooo not his calling, he told himself. He was this kind of person that would even tell God he could do anything for his name though. He knew he was saved, he had that much conviction and that was alright by him. On this particular day, he was in class and the lecturer that was supposed to take them that morning had not made it to the class. All of a sudden, he started hearing this voice in his head. He could feel it, that the Holy Spirit wanted him to go to the board and write a simple line-Jesus is Lord. Sweat covered him up and he started shaking. Other students around him were gisting, nobody noticed him. The nudge became stronger, he didn’t know what to do. He opted for prayers, even spoke in tongues for a while.

“Lord I promise I will do this in church, i promise i will tell my friends on my way home but to come out in front of the whole class? this could be super embarrassing!”

Well, that didn’t seem to work, so he tried another line.

“Lord please send the lecturer here now. We are supposed to be having a class for crying out loud. There is a time for everything right?”

When he realised nothing was working, he tried yet another line.

“Fine! I will go but Lord you’d better hold my hand or i will fall before getting to the board.”

With that, he stood up, took a step at a time and moved closer to the board. He could feel eyes piercing his back, he was still covered up with sweat so people were probably wondering, he told himself.

He got to the board, picked up the chalk and was about to write when he heard a voice behind him.

“Settle down class, we don’t have all day.”

He turned around and couldn’t believe his eyes, the lecturer was here at last!

He quietly walked back to his seat.

“Lord, was that a joke or something?”

“Well done son, it was just a test, and you passed.”

The question is, how far can you go for the faith you claim you possess? People of this world talk about their beliefs and convictions more than we do as Christians. We just sit down and watch or nod or worse still, keep silent. ‘I don’t want to be seen as a fanatic’, we say or ‘this is really the work of the Holy spirit. I mean, I am just human.’ Well darling, truly it’s the work of the Spirit to convince but you have to plant a seed.

“For if you tell others with your own mouth, that Jesus Christ is your Lord, and believe in your own heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in His heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth, he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.”-Romans 10:9-10

You have to speak out, you cannot just be silent, nothing’s gonna happen that way. You believe in Jesus? Tell it to somebody. You believe in virginity? share your belief with someone, you might just be encouraging someone to hold on, you might be telling someone, that contrary to popular belief, everybody is not ‘doing it’. You don’t believe in cheating? Say it out loud. Let people know what you stand for! Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything! You know nowadays, the things we all know are bad are the things the society has embraced and guess what, we just act like we don’t care. Some of us even go all the way with the world, ‘if everyone is doing it, it cannot be bad’ we say. Well, i say dare to be different, stand up for Jesus!

“But how shall they ask him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?”– Romans 10:14

The beauty of Christianity is, you don’t have to stand behind the pulpit to touch lives, you don’t have to carry a big bible to encourage someone, you don’t have to be an orator to share the good news. All you need, to do that which He sent you to do is already within you. You say I’m a doctor, i say you have the perfect opportunity to touch lives. You say I’m just a nursery school  teacher, i say you alone can catch them young. You say I’m a politician, no way on earth am i going to stand and preach, i say, remember Daniel? The guy that was thrown in the lion’s den? Yep, that very one. Dude was a politician, he was even a Governor, he stood for something, and guess what? he transformed the whole nation! You say I’m a banker, these things are not as easy as they sound, money must be made. I say,

“Whatsoever you do, whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God.”

Esther was a beauty queen, a fashionista,  yet she lived for God.

You see, when all is said and done, it’s not about the number of days you lived, but about the number of lives you touched. Ain’t about the numbers of cars you drive, but about the number of souls you show ‘THE WAY’.

The Davids, Daniels, Josephs, Esthers, Ruths, Abrahams, Pauls of the bible will have things to say against our generation if we refuse to do ‘something’. “These people all trusted God  and as a result, won battles, overthrew kingdoms, ruled their people well and received what God had promised them.”-Hebrews 11:33

“Don’t hide your light, let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly father.”– Matthew 5:16

Stop comparing your light to others’, shine in your own little way. Use all He deposited in you for Him, Speak about Him, write about Him, sing about Him, it’s all about Him!

We are going public with this message, as public as a city on the hill, we refuse to be silent! (Matthew 5:14. The Message, paraphrased).

“Go into the world and preach…” He who has called us is able to keep us strong. Without Him, we can do nothing, the arm of flesh will fail. With Him, we can do all things! If we believe, we shall do greater works than He did!

“Blesses are those who are called to the marriage supper of the lamb.”-Rev 19:9 Don’t be selfish, be a blessing, take someone with you!

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I dare you to stand up, stand up for Jesus!!!

Have a wonderful week.

4 thoughts on “Stand Up!

  1. hmmm…this was a touching piece,,,we are afraid to be different, afraid to stand alone, afraid of mockery and frowns and jeers. may God give us the strength and courage to dare to be different. we want acceptance and to partake of the things the world has to offer and we shy away from the master’s business….may God help us.

    thanks for sharing

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  2. Yeah,we’re often scared of standing alone(doing the right things,listening to the right things,walking with the right people,etc)that we always follow the multitude(not minding that they’re often wrong). I really pray for the grace to stand up for Jesus.may God help us all. Nice and inspiring write-up.kudoz dear more grease to your elbow

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    • Yes dear. Trust me, God has empowered us with all we need to stand. Sometimes, all we need do is make a choice, a decision to stand! Thank you mon cherie…

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