Friday Morning Prayer:)… April 15, 2021

April 16, 2021 - 8 minutes read

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss:
From vict’ry unto vict’ry, His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The trumpet call obey:
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day;
Ye that are men now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! Stand in His strength alone,
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own;
Put on the gospel armor, and watching unto prayer,
Where calls the voice of duty, be never wanting there.[1]

“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.”[2]

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How do I stand firm in the faith?  Do I care?  Does it really matter?  Of course, it matters into eternity, and every growing, maturing, regenerate heart cares about standing firm in the faith we share.  Moreover, I care about you as a person, especially as a new creation in Christ!  Paul writes to all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philipi; he writes to the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse.  The apostle Peter writes, “To God’s elect, strangers in the world…”; in his second letter he writes, “To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”  Finally, Jude, “To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”  You, saint, holy and faithful, God’s elect, chosen, called, sojourner, together we share a great salvation and are given a new identity that elicits an eagerness to live and overflow the awe, the supernatural change, the increasing love and mercy experienced.     

“…be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”[3]  I stand up for Jesus by staying ‘in the Lord’ with an intentional pursuit to know him better, enjoy him greater, hear clearer, see brighter, and trust through every trial and tribulation given.  Jude urges us to contend for the faith that was once and for all entrusted to the saints.   Paul reminds us, “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”[4]  Therefore, ‘Stand in His strength alone; the arm of the flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own; put on the gospel armor, and watching unto prayer.’

In our Wednesday night Zoom Bible time, we are working, talking, and gaining insight through the book of Jude.  To contend for the faith is to struggle, wrestle with intense effort to ensure our whole-hearted obedience to “…the ‘form of teaching’ to which you were entrusted.”[5]  In the early church, believers, “…devoted themselves to the ‘apostles teaching’ and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”[6]  Paul references a report about himself after his conversion, “The man who formerly persecuted us is now ‘preaching the faith’ he once tried to destroy.”[7] 

Your faith, my faith (trust, belief) given by God unto salvation is personal, dynamic, life changing, glorifying to God!   The faith given to every saint, to every person called by God is a subjective supernatural experience that is referred to as a born-again life, a regenerate heart, a new creation, a life lived in relationship with God  who indwells you, and me by his Spirit.   I believe, you believe, we trust God and ask for grace to trust him more! 

Paul encourages the church, the body of Christ, hence Christians at Philippi to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.  And, when he would hear about them or visited them he’d know they were standing firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel…[8]  “The faith” referenced by Paul, Jude, is both subjective and objective.  Faith as the objective teaching of truth, even the gospel is what we contend for, stand firm on, and is the gospel foundation that ensures we stay strong in the Lord.   This objective sense is the biblical gospel truth we believe because we have experienced the subjective sense of faith and are saved by God’s mercy and grace.

Beloved, be encouraged to apply Paul’s charge to Timothy as a definite call to you, me and every saint called by God! “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love endurance, and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith.”[9]

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song;
To him that overcometh a crown of life shall be;
He with the King of glory shall reign eternally.

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Sisters are meeting to pray together!  First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine.  0900

Join gals in Christ for a time of encouragement and prayer.  Thank you, sisters for your help through prayer. 

Brothers are meeting too!  Mountain View Bible, 2710 Alpine Blvd. 0730

You are invited!  Brothers in Jesus gathering to encourage, engage, share, and overflow as the Spirit leads us in prayer.   We will have Zoom going too.  If you can make it, it is always great to see you with eagerness to enjoy the fellowship with the brethren!


[1] https://youtu.be/7UOL69sAmF4?t=4257

https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Stand_Up_Stand_Up_for_Jesus/

[2] Jude v. 3

[3] Ephesians 6:10

[4] Ibid. v. 12

[5] Romans 6:17

[6] Acts 2:42

[7] Galatians 1:23

[8] Philippians 1:27

[9] 1 Timothy 6:11