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Don’t throw in the towel…STAND ON THE PROMISES

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20

Hear that! Jesus gave us His vision and it is an exciting and challenging one but to me the really exciting part is this…He also gave us His promises regarding His vision. Jesus prefaced the vision with the promise of power, and He ended the vision with the promise of His presence. So what I feel this Word is saying to me is if we have a God-given vision and you can tell if it is God-given if it embraces the vision of Jesus set forth in these scriptures…then it is no different for us. So as Jesus is always present in the ministries of the churches that embrace His vision, we also have the same promises.

He was saying, in effect, to all nations and to us not just I will be with you but I AM WITH YOU. His promise is that if we are doing His will, and if we are pursuing the vision He has for His church then we can count on this, We will never walk alone! He didn’t say that He would send an angel to be with us, even though we know that they encamp around us. He didn’t say that He would send another man or woman, though we do have the body of Christ. But Jesus said that if we will pursue the vision, He Himself would personally be with us.

No great move of God will go unchallenged. It won’t. So stand. Prepare yourself to stand and be prepared to stand. There will be attacks from the enemy as we pursue the vision, but Jesus is with us. There will scoffers and nay-sayers but Jesus is with us. There will be those that abandon the fight and that abandonment may feel at times personal, but Jesus is with us. There may be times when the resources don’t look adequate to meet the needs required by the vision, but Jesus is with us. There will be times when we want to throw in the towel but if you saw Jesus standing right there with you, would you? Could you? HE IS STANDING THERE!!!! HE IS…If I could scream it louder here I would…JESUS IS WITH US! He alone has the power that will give victory but we must stand with Him! He will help us but we must stand with Him and against the enemy. Those are His promises, not mine, so stand on them just like the old hymn that we used to sing by R. Kelso Carter- Standing on the Promises. I have put it below because I am just liking it a lot today.

Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.