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Monday, July 6, 2009

A well-tended garden in Lancaster County PA
We pass this well-tended garden along Rissermill Road
on our way to church.

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"Stand Up For Jesus"

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand" (Ephesians 6:13).

Dudley A. TyngRev. Dudley A. Tyng was a dedicated young minister of the gospel who served our Lord in the mid 1800's. He had a well-respected ministry among fellow pastors of various denominational backgrounds who detected his earnest walk with Christ. He was instrumental in a revival that swept Philadelphia and the northeast in 1857.

Every generation deals with the mysteries of God's providence; that is, why God allows certain things to happen.  On Tuesday, April 13th, 1858, Rev. Tyng went from the study of his country home to the barn floor where a mule was at work treading a machine for shelling corn.  As he patted the animal on the neck a loose sleeve became caught in the cogs of the wheel, wrenching and lacerating his arm, from the neck down, in a dreadful manner.  Amputation, performed on the Saturday following, did no more than postpone the end.

It being perceived that he was dying, he was asked if he had any messages to send, among others, to the band of clergymen so devoted to him and the work.  When able to rouse himself sufficiently, he responded with a short message, beginning with the words: "Tell them, 'Let us all stand up for Jesus.'"    Rev. Tyng died on Monday, April 19th, 1858.

George Duffield

As result of this challenge a fellow laborer in Christ, George Duffield, wrote the beloved hymn, "Stand up, Stand up for Jesus" which many of us continue to sing in our churches to this day. (In fact we closed our service with this hymn yesterday.) 

Armor of GodStanding up for Jesus is also a Biblical challenge.  In Ephesians 6 the Apostle Paul urges Christ's followers to "put on the full armor of God." Putting on the full armor of God is a daily exercise for believers in every generation. It is never optional for the Christian who desires to be effective in their Christian witness and live in victory.

"So that when the day of evil comes."  We all face the day of evil and in so many ways it seems our young people face degrees of evil that my generation was never exposed to.  I read an article about the extent of sexual perversion that is actually being taught and affirmed as "good" in schools and of course this evil is spreading. Godly parents, students and ministers who seek to take a stand against it are reviled by the powers that be.

For many years I have been intrigued by the final phrase in our daily text, "you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."  Paul's repetition of "to stand" is added for emphasis. We must, by God's grace and the appropriation of His appointed armor, keep standing in the midst of the evil and adversity we will most certainly encounter. 

Today I pray for each of you, however old you are or wherever you may live, to have a holy boldness in appropriately expressing your faith. I find depth of wisdom in the saying, "Those who stand for nothing will fall for anything." Indeed, let us all courageously stand up for Jesus! 

Be encouraged today,

Stephen and Brooksyne Weber

Daily Prayer: Jesus, I want to be vigilant in equipping myself today as I battle the spiritual forces of evil.  Though I wage war in this present and evil generation I have a body guard in the presence of the Holy Spirit Who gives me power over the enemy of my soul.  Today, I stand against the devil's schemes because I take on the full armor of God; the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.  As I prayerfully take on this spiritual armor I am fully equipped with the necessary provisions to overcome discouragement and defeat.  Instead I am a conqueror who stands triumphant by Your grace, Lord Jesus Christ!  Amen.  

An article about the revival of 1857. 

I read the lead story in today's message in an old book titled "Studies of Familiar Hymns" by Louis F. Benson ©1921. In doing further research I came across this book "Stand Up for Jesus" by T.H. Stockton ©1858 available free to download (pdf)

Field of corn with silo
Last night looking for a sunset photo I had this view over a tall field of corn with a distant silo.  Alas, the sun had already set!

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