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364th -- Stand Therefore

  

It is important that we stand strong concerning our faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ. It is easy for us to become complacent in witnessing the saving 
grace of the Lord, but we must remember the Great Commission and know that
lost souls are dying daily and their final destination is not going to be
heaven. We must have a heart of compassion and imagine the horrors that
the devil wishes to impart on those that don't know Jesus as their savior
and we must become determined in leading those souls from darkness into His
marvellous light. Don't allow your shyness or comfort level to keep you 
from telling your friend or neighbor that Jesus Christ Saves. You may be
the only one that ever witnesses the love of Jesus to that one that God 
lays on your heart so you be encouraged and know that you are well able to
carry His word forth. (Matthew 28:18-20) (Exodus 10:11) (Acts 26:16-18)

I hope you are encouraged by today's message to stand strong on your faith
and be determined to allow the Holy Spirit to use you to impact others for Him.


STAND THEREFORE

Preachers seldom face as large an audience as confronted Dudley A. Tyng on
a March day in 1858. More than five thousand men were gathered in Jaynes'
Hall in Philadelphia to hear the beloved rector. At the time the city was
being stirred by a great revival.

There was a singular charm and appeal about this speaker. He seemed to 
find just the right words to satisfy the soul hunger of his listeners. He
was so moving and convincing in his plea that he drew thousands to those 
gatherings.

But three weeks later he was dead. The city was shocked when it read of 
the accident that had claimed him as its victim. Mr. Tyng had gone to his
home at Brookfield, near Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately Mr. 
Tyng suffered a fatal accident on his farm.

Shortly before he passed away, he was briefly conscious. Those by the 
bedside heard him whisper, "Tell them to stand up for Jesus." Undoubtedly
it was the message he wanted carried to his friends in the minister's union
who were conducting the city-wide revival.

There was one acquaintance in particular to whom these words came as a 
challenge. George Duffield, pastor of the Fifth Presbyterian Church in 
Philadelphia, had been the late rector's intimate associate and close 
fellow worker. To him it hardly seemed possible that one so beautiful in
spirit and so dedicated to the Master's cause could have passed so abruptly
from the scene. He began thinking that Mr. Tyng's final words should be 
translated into some enduring form of memorial.

The following Sunday, when the time came for the sermon in his own church,
Mr. Duffield preached from the text in Ephesians 6:14: "Stand therefore."
At the close he read a poem he had written, "Stand Up! Stand Up for Jesus!"

Probably he never dreamed that he had written a great hymn. A copy of the
lines was given to his Sunday school superintendent, who in turn had them
printed on a special leaflet so that they could be sung by all the children.

It could not stop there. The words seemed to fire men's souls throughout
the land. When George Duffield made a trip to the battlefront in Virginia
a few years later, he was deeply stirred as he heard thousands of army men
sing "Stand Up! Stand Up for Jesus!"

By Vincent Edwards


Allow this message to be an encouragement to rededicate yourself in telling
others of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are called to serve
the Lord in truth and love and allow His message to reach forth so that 
multitudes may come to know Him. We are an extension of Him and are called
to tell all that Jesus is the only way to God the Father. The Lord Jesus
declares in John 14:6
"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by Me."
Remember the Master's words and be determined
to let others know of His love for them. (Romans 5:6-9) (John 3:17-21)


Read and meditate on these scriptures:

2 Chronicles 16:9 "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the
whole earth, to shew Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is 
perfect toward Himů"

2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any 
should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

Matthew 9:37-38 "Then saith Jesus unto His disciples,
The harvest truly is
plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the 
harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.
"

Matthew 28:18-20 "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
All power is
given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all 
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have 
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the 
world.
Amen."

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.


Today's Selected Poem: STAND UP! STAND UP FOR JESUS!
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem188.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: ONE IN A MILLION
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony47.htm


Click on the links below to learn more about these preachers:
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/t/standufj.htm
http://www.bju.edu/resources/faith/1975/issue6/stand.html
http://www.webedelic.com/church/standupt.htm

In Christ's Service, 

Dwayne Savaya 
Gods Work Ministry 

 
 

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