STAND UP, STAND UP FOR JESUS
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.
Father, we are grateful to You for Your Goodness and Love, we are happy to be called Your Own. Indeed You Are Faithful to all who call on Your Name, who call upon You in truth.
Beloved, come on let us worship God in the beauty of His Holiness. For the righteous God trieth the heart and He knows those that are His, those who call upon Him in truth and in sincerity. The Lord is extending an invitation to you. Will you accept it and be among the saints or despise it and be among the demons? (sons and daughters of the disobedient one “Satan”).
If you are not yet on the Lord’s path, He is willing to forgive you all your sins (1 Jn 2:12), come back to Him and be yea reconcile to the Lord (2 Cor 5:20) for He is God and His mercy endureth forever. He is a righteous God, nothing impure will be found in Him. Click here to accept Jesus now
Beloved, it is possible that after creating the heavens and the earth, God decided to stop at that and admire the beauty of the sea, the vegetation, the animals, the birds of the air and the fish in the sea that he created, but He did not, until He had made one in His image and likeness, to foster fellowship with Him. And to cap it all, He gave us dominion to rule over all that He created.
What an honour from God Almighty to us His own and after here on earth, He will call us up to Himself to continue the same fellowship with the saints in heaven.
Are you ready and willing to be part of this plan of God, many have gone before us, don’t be left behind, be part of this heavenly bids, be yea born-again and join the saints. This is a call for saintship, will you stand up for Jesus? Will you stand up to be counted?
“Called to be saints.” Romans 1:7
We are very apt to regard the apostolic saints as if they were “saints” in a more especial manner than the other children of God. All are “saints” whom God has called by His grace, and sanctified by His Spirit; but we are apt to look upon the apostles as extraordinary beings, scarcely subject to the same weaknesses and temptations as ourselves.
Yet in so doing we are forgetful of this truth, that the nearer a man lives to God the more intensely has he to mourn over his own evil heart; and the more his Master honours him in His service, the more also doth the evil of the flesh vex and tease him day by day. The fact is, if we had seen the apostle Paul, we should have thought him remarkably like the rest of the chosen family: and if we had talked with him, we should have said, “We find that his experience and ours are much the same. He is more faithful, more holy, and more deeply taught than we are, but he has the selfsame trials to endure. Nay, in some respects he is more sorely tried than ourselves.”
Do not, then, look upon the ancient saints as being exempt either from infirmities or sins; and do not regard them with that mystic reverence which will almost make us idolators. Their holiness is attainable even by us. We are “called to be saints” by that same voice which constrained them to their high vocation. It is a Christian’s duty to force his way into the inner circle of saintship; and if these saints were superior to us in their attainments, as they certainly were, let us follow them; let us emulate their ardour and holiness.
We have the same light that they had, the same grace is accessible to us, and why should we rest satisfied until we have equalled them in heavenly character? They lived with Jesus, they lived for Jesus, therefore they grew like Jesus. Let us live by the same Spirit as they did, “looking unto Jesus,” and our saintship will soon be apparent.
Having examine yourself, are you part of the saints? Do you think you can make it if the Lord come calling, there is still an opportunity opens to you. Accept Christ now, be born-again, be yea recoiled with your Maker and be yea fellow citizen with other saints in heaven even while here on earth, though you in the world but you are not of the world because you are under heaven’s government:
“Fellow citizens with the saints.” Ephesians 2:19
What is meant by our being citizens in heaven? It means that we are under heaven’s government. Christ the king of heaven reigns in our hearts; our daily prayer is, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The proclamations issued from the throne of glory are freely received by us: the decrees of the Great King we cheerfully obey.
Then as citizens of the New Jerusalem, we share heaven’s honours. The glory which belongs to beatified saints belongs to us, for we are already sons of God, already princes of the blood imperial; already we wear the spotless robe of Jesus’ righteousness; already we have angels for our servitors, saints for our companions, Christ for our Brother, God for our Father, and a crown of immortality for our reward.
We share the honours of citizenship, for we have come to the general assembly and Church of the first-born whose names are written in heaven. As citizens, we have common rights to all the property of heaven. Ours are its gates of pearl and walls of chrysolite; ours the azure light of the city that needs no candle nor light of the sun; ours the river of the water of life, and the twelve manner of fruits which grow on the trees planted on the banks thereof; there is nought in heaven that belongeth not to us. “Things present, or things to come,” all are ours.
Also as citizens of heaven we enjoy its delights. Do they there rejoice over sinners that repent—prodigals that have returned? So do we. Do they chant the glories of triumphant grace? We do the same. Do they cast their crowns at Jesus’ feet? Such honours as we have we cast there too. Are they charmed with His smile? It is not less sweet to us who dwell below. Do they look forward, waiting for His second advent? We also look and long for His appearing. If, then, we are thus citizens of heaven, let our walk and actions be consistent with our high dignity.
As citizens of heaven, we are immune from all the deadly diseases flying all around. We should not be afraid of them for they are not permitted to come near our dwelling places (Ps 91: 3-8). Now let us be bold and make our boost in the Lord, Who is our Defender. Eat of His body and drink of His blood daily, immerse yourself in the Word of God to discover His promises of deliverance at such a time like this.
Do not forsake the assembly of one another as we were instructed in the bible (1 Jn 1:7; Heb 10:25) (The trick of the evil one will not prosper, to disperse the gathering of the children of God). Beloved, this gathering is our synergy, like wise the breaking of bread (Holy Communion). Let us be careful that many will not fall by the way side (1 Cor 10:32). Praise the Lord.
Finally, beloved, the call before us, is a call to belong to the saintship of heaven, will you stand up for Jesus? Meditate on these things as you go through the weekend and be decisive for Christ before is over. See you next week by His special grace.
Remain blessed in the Lord.