STAND In Your Lot

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But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and STAND in thy lot at the end of the days. Dan 12:13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to STAND. Eph 6:13.

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In the book of Daniel, part of The Old Testament, it was predicted that “at the end of days” God’s people would “STAND in their lot.” (Dan 12:13). The New Testament fully supports this idea by admonishing us: “having done all, to STAND…” (Eph 6:13). “Having done all, to STAND strongly suggests this same “end of days” referred to by the prophet Daniel. (Dan 12:13).

“…The whole armour of God” is something I have to take. It is not given to me. I do not “receive” it, I take it. (see Eph 6:11-13). I take this “whole armour”, not to fight against “the enemy” but rather, to “STAND.” To STAND in my place. “…And having done all to STAND.” (Eph 6:13)

“Therefore put ye on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to meet the evil one; and, being in all respects prepared, may STAND firm.” (Eph 6:13 Murdock)

I cannot “STAND” on my own. The only standing I can do is IN Christ. And I do not “take” this standing, I receive it. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons [and daughters] of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:12). And so THAT “power” is for me to “STAND” after RECEIVING. That power to become is not something I can just take, as I am directed to “take” the whole armour of God.” It is “Christ alone that gives me THAT power. It is ONLY by the power and the blood, and the love of God that I STAND here today in faith and love.

There are many people who do not understand the conflict that is going on between Christ and Satan over the souls of human beings today. We too often do not realize that if we would STAND under the blood-stained banner of Prince Emmanuel that we must be willing to be partakers of His conflicts, partakers of His nature, (2 Pet 1:3-4), and to wage a determined war against the powers of darkness. When thinking on the conflict, Paul writes to his Ephesian brethren exhorting them to “be strong,” not feeble, not wavering, tossed to and fro like the waves of the sea, “by every wind of doctrine.” (Eph 4:14).

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“…tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine…” means for me that I am not going to be “carried about,” but rather, I am going to STAND; I am going to to STAND in my lot. My lot is prayer. My lot is to STAND here in this tired world in faith and love. The whole armour of God. But in what am I to be strong? In my own might? No. “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” He says, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to STAND against the wiles of the devil. For I wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph 6:10-13).

Confidence in the natural world, is essentially “self-confidence.” Confidence in the spiritual world is “God reliance;” or “In Christ Alone.” “Be strong in The Lord, and in the power of His might.” In Christ alone. “Be strong in the Lord.” Being “strong in The Lord has nothing to do with “self-confidence,” so called. “Now to him who is able, by his almighty power, to do for us even more than we ask or think, according to his power that worketh in us;” (Eph 3:20, Murdock)

When I try to puff myself up, and I start to emphasize the cost of prayer, to me, I am always wrong. Bragging about praying all night. Self-aggrandizing about my special prowess in prayer. Because the real cost to me…the real cost to me, is actually nothing. For me, as a Christian, as a believer, prayer should be my supreme privilege. Marked by an easiness of sorts, for me, simply because of what the privilege of prayer, has cost Jesus, in order that I may have the privilege of prayer. (see Heb 10:19-20, 22). I can see now, that I have often tended to worship prayer. Idolized prayer, as some sort of badge of merit. Some people even treat prayer as an incantation, of sorts. Just say the words, the “right” words, without meaning them, and without ever intending to do what they pray for.

Heb 10:19  We have therefore, my brethren, assurance in entering into the sanctuary, by the blood of Jesus, and by a way of life, Heb 10:20  which he hath now consecrated for us, through the veil, that is his flesh. Heb 10:22  Let us, therefore draw near, with a true heart, and with the confidence of faith, being sprinkled as to our hearts, and pure from an evil conscience, and our body being washed with pure water. (Murdock)

Jesus was continually receiving from the Father so that He might communicate to us. “The word which ye hear,” He said, “is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me.” John 14:24. “The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.” Matthew 20:28. Not for Himself, but for others, He lived and thought and prayed. From hours spent with God He came forth morning by morning, to bring the light of heaven to people in need. Daily Jesus received a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit. In the early hours of the new day the Lord awakened Him from His slumbers, and His soul and His lips were anointed with grace, that He might impart to others. His words were given Him fresh from the heavenly courts, words that He might speak in season to the weary and oppressed. “The Lord God hath given Me,” He said, “the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: He wakeneth morning by morning, He wakeneth Mine ear to hear as the learned.” Isaiah 50:4. {Pr 304.1}

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Through nature and revelation, through His providence, and by the influence of His Spirit, God speaks to us. But these are not enough; we need also to pour out our hearts to Him. In order to have spiritual life and energy, we must have an actual relationship with our heavenly Father. (1 John 5:11-12). Our minds may be drawn out toward Him; we may meditate upon His works, His mercies, His blessings; but this is not, in the fullest sense, communing with Him. In order to commune with God, we must have something to say to Him concerning our actual and personal life. Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, for He already knows this; but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him. When Jesus was upon the earth, He taught His disciples how to pray. He directed them to present their daily needs before God, and to cast all their care upon Him. And the assurance He gave them that their petitions should be heard, is assurance also to us.

Indeed, The Psalmist even declared: “I love The Lord because He has heard my voice. ” (Psalms 116:1)

Daniel Standing in His Lot Now: [Dan 12:9; Dan 12:4; Dan 12:10; Dan 12:13 quoted.]

The time has come for Daniel to stand in his lot. This happens when believer’s today share their light from that part of the bible. As always, Jesus is “the Light of the world.”  The time has come for the light given to Daniel about our Lord to go to the world as never before. (1 John 1:1-3). If those for whom the Lord has done so much will walk in the light, they won’t want to hide it; they will want to share the Light they have. “let your Light shine,” says Jesus. Our knowledge of Christ and the prophecies relating to Him will be greatly increased as they near the close of this earth’s history. And it is precisely in THIS “lot” that God’s people must “STAND” today!

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