It is impossible to say you have a heart for the Savior if you are not surrendered.
C. Result Of Dying To Self.
Some say, “That is no big deal.” You haven’t done much dying lately. You must die daily. Crucify this flesh daily. “Not my will, but thine be done.”
(Illustration) You can’t insult a dead person. You can say anything you wish about the corpse and he will not respond. The family might be offended, but not the dead person.
People say the strangest things at the casket:
“He looks so natural”.
“He looks so good.”
“She looks as though she could talk to us.”
You could say, “He looks terrible”, and the corpse would not respond.
“That’s the ugliest suit I have ever seen.”
“What an obnoxious dress.”
“I wouldn’t be caught in that dead.”
You can say all matter of stuff, and you will not offend the corpse.
A dead person has no opinion.
You will never be successful in standing for the Lord until you have a heart for the Savior, which means death to self.
D. A Result Of Self-Denial.
Lu 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (KJV) A person who is given to an appetite for things of the world will not deny self. When our love for the Lord supersedes all other emotions then we will be on our way to “Standing Strong For The Lord”.
II. HAND ON THE SWORD Vs. 17.
Eph 6:17 "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"
How dreadful to have the very Word of God in your hands and not let the Word of God get hold of your heart. You must have the Word of God tucked into your heart if you intend to stand for the Lord. The KJV. This church is settled on the KJV issue. The KJV is not just another Bible of choice, rather a Bible of purpose and preservation. I believe the KJV is the only Word of God for the English-speaking people.
In some meetings the preachers get offended if you mention the KJV being the Word of God. If the mention of the KJV offends anyone, then they need to determine what the Word of God is.
So many Christians never open their Bible after leaving church on Sunday. If you are going to stand for the Lord you must have a steady diet of the Word of God. The Word of God will make a difference in your life. Let ask you this: Are you reading the Bible through this year? You could still start and read part of it through. Ps 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. (KJV)
There is always something fresh when you read the Bible, something that will strengthen your stand for the Lord.
A. Believe It. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. As you read it just believe it no matter how difficult if may seem. I have had some Christians tell me that certain portions of the Word of God were hard for them to believe. I have never had that problem. I believe it. Back there where God parted the Red Sea and the Israelites walked over to the other side on dry ground – when the fine tuned the vocal chords of Balaam’s donkey and the donkey spoke to him is as real to me as is my phone number. When God stopped the movement of the Sun in the Book of Joshua, it is as real to me as is the existence of this building we are occupying right now. I believe the Word of God. You must believe it if you intend to stand for God.