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Taking the Stand

December 29, 2006

“Everything goes silent when you jump off a 100 ft cliff.”
Dave Downing

Snowboarding off a one hundred foot cliff is an amazing accomplishment – it’s not something your average Joe can do. It takes years of snowboarding and lots of steps to be able to survive such a feat. And even then, that jump could end in death. Just how do you survive such a feat? Ask a pro snowboarder. Most likely, the first thing he will tell you is practice. The second thing he’ll probably be able to tell you is courage.

Courage
1: the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear
2: bravery
3: boldness

Throwing yourself into the open air one hundred feet up is quite a bold move – but so is living as a Christian. Christian’s are often shunned, laughed at, and looked down upon. Christ’s commands are so incredibly different than our culture’s understood rules that non-believers cannot comprehend some of the things we do. According to most of the world, living like Christ is not the “cool” thing to do.
However:

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-
His good, pleasing and perfect will.
-Romans 12:2 NIV

As Christians, we have to follow Christ and live as He does, not as the world does (2 Corinthians 10:3). That is quite a bold move. Trusting wholly in the Lord in every aspect of your life is easier said than done. But if we take the stand (1 Corinthians 16:13) and trust in the Lord with all our hearts (Proverbs 3:5) He will sustain us (Psalm 55:22 & Proverbs 10:30). Trusting in God and “walking the Christian walk” is quite a bold move – it is probably the boldest, and hardest, step you could ever take – but it’s certainly the greatest.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.
-1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NIV

//Bring it World
-Brian Purkiss

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2 comments

  1. That was wonderful! Such an encouragement to hear this from someone else; all of that(ok, not the snowboard part :D) has been going around my head a LOT lately. Living as a Christian IS a stand…one that must be made choice by choice, moment by moment.


  2. Very nice post. Christians need to be bold enough to take the stand.

    If God is for us, who can be against us?



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