Taking a Stand
Who are your enemies? People you dislike, or vice versa? Is it the other political party? Not really. Aside from armed conflicts, the worst enemies we have are people, ideas, or things that stand between us and doing what is truly right or good.
They can range from time wasters to to anger builders. They are the temptations that entice us to do things that us harm our bodies, alienate us from those we should love, or blind us to what we really should be doing.
One of the great purposes of the Bible is to guide us in seeking to do what is right in God’s eyes, and to seek to be with others on the same battlefield.
The best way to learn to do and say what is right is to become familiar with the major themes that run through the Bible. Thorough reading should be a higher priority for us.
I believe it is best to first read selected books of the Bible in their entirety. A few nights each week would get you well on your way through them. It’s much better than redundant TV news programs or reruns. Helps, like commentaries or Thompson’s Chain References can guide you by topics, key concepts and key words.
Knowledge of what is right can strengthen you spiritually enough to stand for what is right.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm…For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. (Ephesians 6:13 and 15)