Helping Fellow Christians
Eph 6:11-18 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
In studying the very principle of helping the brethren it was difficult to come to a conclusion as to what to do to best fulfill this task. After much meditation and prayer, the only way that I could find that I may preach on this subject is examine the principle in light of two little words, “Stay Faithful”. Not long after the Lord called to me with an unmistakable and an inescapable desire to preach the Gospel I asked my pastor for any advice that he could give me in order to be a better steward of that which the Lord had entrusted to me. In expectation of some great deal of dialogue and over-whelming exegesis, I was surprised, even shocked by his short answer. “Just stay faithful, son.” was his reply. He further went on to explain to me that many men would try and give me a list of do’s and don’ts, but the only way to do what God had called me to do, in the way that God would have me too, is to stay faithful.
In looking now again at our text I would like to draw your attention to the phrase. “And having done all, to stand.” If there is one thing that is lacking in the world around us now it is the faithfulness that God’s people were once known for. Imagine, the faith that was once worth dying for at the stake is now deserted for the Week end skiing trip. That same Lord that men once proudly served in spite of sarcasm and persecution is forsaken for the fear of being thought a religious fanatic. Men are afraid of being thought to love the God of heaven because that is not popular today. If we would truly be a blessing to our brethren then we must be faithful to that which the brethren hold dear. We must stay faithful. In our text we see that the apostle Paul tells Timothy, “And having done all, to stand.” Looking in the Strong’s concordance we find that the word “stand” is translated from the Greek word “his’-taymee”.
A prolonged form of a primary word J”‘? stao6? (of the same meaning, and used for it in certain tenses); to stand (transitively or intransitively), used in various applications (literally or figuratively): – abide, appoint, bring, continue, covenant, establish, hold up, lay, present, set (up), stanch, stand (by, forth, still, up). Compare G5087.
One of the most damaging problems in the church is that of unfaithfulness. The unfaithfulness of church members is a danger that is not taken seriously enough. Those who are in positions of leadership, if they are unfaithful, there are others who see and will be influenced by their actions. Children see their Sunday School teachers in and out of church. It can be very damaging for one of these children to see their SS teacher away from church in a very compromising situation, among some questionable crowd, or involved in questionable activity. It is of utmost importance that we be faithful. Pastors, deacons, Sunday School teachers, song leaders, choir members, and all other church members, have a responsibility to represent the Lord at all times in a manner fitting their profession. No wonder the generation that is coming up today has no respect for God or the things of God, they are following the pathway that is being marked out by the adults ahead of them. We need to be faithful. In order to help the church to be what it is supposed to be tomorrow, we MUST be faithful! How can we best help our fellow Christians?
I…….Stay faithful to God
II…..Stay faithful to God’s word
III…Stay faithful to God’s man
IV…Stay faithful to God’s house
V…..Stay faithful to God’s people
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