Stand FastA new pastor was visiting his Church members in a fairly remote farming area.  As he drove into one property, he stopped to talk to a young lad who was patting a horse, and after a while the pastor asked the lad if the horse could run fast.

The boy replied,   “Well, no sir.   He can’t RUN fast, but he sure can STAND  FAST.  When my Dad tells him to ‘stand fast’ nothing – but nothing – will make him move again until my dad tells him to.”

Later, he told his wife of the boy’s amusing comments, and they considered how the farmer might need his horse to ‘stand fast’ in some areas of farming.  The ability to “stand fast” in a farm horse could be a great benefit.  Then the pastor was reminded that all blood-bought, adopted children of God are also called to “stand fast”

Philippians 4:1
STAND FAST in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 16:13
Watch, STAND FAST in the faith; be brave, be strong.

1 Thessalonians 3:8
STAND FAST in the Lord

2 Thessalonians 2:15
STAND FAST and hold the traditions you were taught.

Romans 5:2
We have access by faith into this grace in which we STAND

1 Peter 5:12
the true grace of God in which you STAND.

Ephesians 6:11,13,14
STAND against the wiles of the devil.
Take up the whole armour of God,
that you may be able to WITHSTAND in the evil day,
and having done all, to STAND.
STAND therefore . . .

Mr Anon says:
Aim for perfection: half right is always half wrong.
Don’t be content with being average – average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.
Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

 Can God count on us to take hold of His Word and STAND FAST in the work to which He has called us?

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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19 Responses to STAND FAST!

  1. This is great stuff Angela. As we rely on God’s grace our feet remain planted against the tides of this world. Those tides are strong but our God is stronger still.


  2. Angela, It is vastly important that we stand fast.. That is the reason Paul stress the point so much. He knew how powerful a urge to quit is when tribulation comes. He knew the enemy gets busy once a person pick up his or her cross and follow Jesus. In Galatians 5:1, he writes the following: “Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1).

    Thanks so much for sharing. God blesses.


    • Yes, Noel, it is easy to think ‘quit’ – to think of self and self-will and self-pleasing – but thankfully our amazing God continues His work and gently (or not so gently if needs be) leads us back to Himself in submission. The world seeks to entangle us, but ‘greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world’.

      We serve an incredibly amazing God who wants the very best for us and will continue His work in us.


  3. Ann says:

    Thanks for sharing posts that make me think about what needs to be changed in me, Angela

    God bless you ever so much!


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  5. Debbie says:

    The “stand fast” verses always stand out to me. Being able to stand in Him takes much faith, especially when I’m antsy and want to DO something else besides stand fast. Thank you so much , Angela, for encouraging us in His Word today! God bless you!


    • Debbie, we all have problems with steadfastness, don’t we? It is the “I, my, me, mine” problem, which should be crucified with Christ. Praise God that He continues His work and draws us back to Himself and continues to bless us abundantly as we submit. We are indeed foolish to think we know better than He . . . and He proves it to us over and over again.

      What an incredibly amazing God!


  6. Rob Barkman says:

    Your posting reminds me of the Greek word for “patience” it is made up of two Grk words fused together. The one word means “under” the other Gk word means “to endure, to withstand”. it is describing an animal that is willing to stand fast under a load that is placed upon it. Many times to stand fast for Christ requires us to be wiling to bear great burdens of labor for Him. How often are missionaries standing fast by continuing to minister faithfully in the midst of persecution and little seen results for their labors.
    Thank you for the reminder of my need to be steadfast and patient in the midst of serving Christ.


    • Rob, thank you so much for adding that great definition of patience and its application. May every blood-bought, adopted child of the living God be faithful to His calling as we continue in His work.


  7. Anna Popescu says:

    I love this, Cloudwatcher! Stand fast=steadfast… really like that and going to try to put it to good use everyday.


  8. ptl2010 says:

    It is only those who stand fast in the Lord to the end who will win the victor’s crown.
    So let us be steadfast and unmovable for His glory.


  9. Pure Glory says:

    Standing fast comes from a heart that is fully committed to the Lord. Our actions follow our heart. :-)


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