A few years ago In the middle of a prayer and prophecy session (with a small group of four of us) the Lord asked me the question “will you stand?”
Having just been given again in this session more of the vision for what is to come in my life, and having been working on this vision for a few years I found this question a shock for me.
Why wouldn’t I stand? My interpretation of this question I felt was pretty clear. Was I able to stand in the Lord no matter what was coming against me in the times ahead? In my mind I hadn’t come this far to even consider that there was an option of not standing.
This question however really unsettled me. Why would the Lord ask this question unless there was some doubt there? This question wouldn’t just be asked for no reason.
For the last couple of years this question has sat with me coming back again and again, for meditation, particularly when I was in a battle or felt the enemy’s pressure against me.
A few weeks ago in the same group the question came up from the Lord again? The conversation through the seer in the group went like this.
“Darren can you stand?”
Having pondered on this for a couple of years I took the time to answer this as I thought I understood the question being asked of me and all the aspects of what was being asked here. After all I had been meditating on it for quite a while now.
My answer was “yes I can stand”
The Lord then asked my wife “… can you stand?”
Her answer was that she felt that she was too weak for this. (I would disagree with this!)
The Lord then used my wife’s answer to show us more of the answer to the question will you stand.
The Lords answer
“weakness is not an issue, you can see, you can hear and you can love. You have to choose what you see. Do you see immovable objects, barren wasteland or do you see building blocks and a vast platform to create in? When I ask if you can stand I am not looking for your strength. I am looking for an act of your will to choose to. Can you see the difference? We are weak and frail and given the right pressure we will all fail, however if we choose not to give up then we will succeed. Criticism, envy, gossip, and unfair judgements go hand in hand with the commendations of the Lord because the enemy would not allow any doors to open if he could so therefore a gentle spirit that is patient but persistent will gain the ground and have the right to step through the doorway which is before my people in the spirit”
Wow this was more than I had understood after two years of pondering this question. The point that was a release to me in this word was that it wasn’t about my strength but about my will. Would I be persistent and push on building the blocks regardless of what was against me. This coupled with some other words that night clarified for me an important point. To stand was to remember what had been spoken over me and what has been written about me to complete. It is to then push on with that end vision in mind.
In Isaiah 49:9-10 the Lord says:
…, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning…
He knows the end and it has been spoken by Him so it will be. He is asking us to remember the vision, the end picture of what we are aiming for and to be persistent in getting there.
To stand is to get there and not drop away along the way. It is to choose to have the will to keep moving into it.
For this is the word of promise; At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.”
10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac
11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls)
To stand is to look at the promise and stand in it no matter what. Abraham stood even though he wouldn’t see it in his lifetime. He believed and he choose to stand.
Therefore take up the armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
One block at a time and build the foundation. When I have reached the end of my ability and resources then I choose to stand regardless. I understand it is Him not me.
Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
It is an individual walk and position. God is there with us to make us stand. Through trials and tests we are prepared. He is looking for us to choose to and He will be right there with us. Don’t look at what is happening to others around you (except to love and support).
There is a strength in knowing this. We become the strong men of faith and we push on to complete the task given to us.
We know there is a Calling and Words over us and we choose to step into it.
Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
Have we clearly written down what the Lord has said over us? There are lots of words given to us by others and by the Lord but I feel we need to make a summary of these that can be a declaration in the spirit. We declare that we choose to stand in these words.
We can then lay it before the Lord.
The year ahead (a new year) is about choosing to push ahead into what has been spoken over us. Push into Him and he will make it clear what he is speaking over you. He wants you to know.
Let us run to it as he releases more and more to us.
Let us receive all that He has for us.
Let us stand!