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Today, Stand
by Fred Pruitt

Paul says in his famous "whole armour of God" passage in Ephesians 6, at the close of it, "and having done all, to STAND."

Today I stand. Having died the death, having been to hell, having risen again, I stand. Now today I have on the whole armour of God. The Being of the Living God permeates me through and through, as the burning bush on the holy mountain.

Now He teaches my hands to WAR, so that a bow of steel is broken my my arms. Now in my presence the enemy flees. Now by MY GOD I HAVE jumped through a troop, by MY GOD I HAVE LEAPED OVER a wall!

The chariots of Egypt lay scattered on the bottom of the sea, once the terror of my greatest nightmares, now riderless and horseless, their swords and arrows and spears swallowed up in the deluge, and their faces I see NO MORE!

Today we hear the report from the Land spread out before us. "There are giants in the land, and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers." And today we say with Joshua and Caleb, "Let us go up and once and possess it, for we are well able to overcome it ... Only rebel ye not against the Lord your God, neither fear ye the people of the land, for they are bread for us, their defence is departed them, and the Lord is with us, fear them not." (Num 14:9)

The Lord is with us, fear them not.

The Land today is yours. Go up and once and possess it.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage, be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with the whithersoever thou goest." (Josh 1:9)

Stand. To live is Christ. I live yet not but Christ. Christ is mighty in me and you.

What manner of man is this, that commandeth even the winds and the sea? It is the manner of man who dwells in this world hiddenly in you, hidden in the mystery of God, without worldly pomp and fanfare, without a big show. It is the manner of man who won't break a bruised reed or quench a smoking flax, whose voice isn't heard in the street, who doesn't cry out. It is the manner of man by whom all things consist, who is the outraying of the Divine, whose presence causes Light to shine and darkness to be no more, whose presence causes the demons to tremble and beg to be sent away.

That manner of man is you.

"O Lord, this is too high, I cannot attain," you say. And for taking the lowest seat at the feast, your Lord delightfully says, "Come up higher, friend, and feast with me. Join me here at the head table."