by Roby Ellis SPANISH/ESPAÑOL
[Scripture Reading: Daniel 3:16-18]
A. While it is easy to stand for Jesus in an assembly like this one, it can be more difficult to take a stand in a more difficult situation.
B. When the time comes for us to take a stand when it matters the most, do we take a stand, or do we elect to keep our seats?
I. We must stand, even when it feels like we are standing alone.
A. Many of the prophets felt this way (1 Kings 19:9-18; 22:8).
B. Paul was not afraid to stand alone (2 Timothy 4:10-17).
C. While it may not be easy to stand when everyone else is sitting, we need to take a stand for Jesus.
II. We must stand, even when we have to stand against friends.
A. Peer pressure is something God’s children have always faced, particularly in the church’s infancy (Galatians 1:9-12; 2:1-6).
B. While it isn’t easy to take a stand when that stand draws a line between us and our friends, we must remember that “friendship with the world is enmity with God” (James 4:4; cf. 2 Corinthians 6:14).
C. Those who are friends indeed will appreciate our stand for the truth, repent of their error, and stand with us (cf. 2 Peter 3:15).
III. Take a stand, even when you have to stand against authorities.
A. We are commanded to respect and obey authorities (Romans 13:1-7; Hebrews 13:17), but only insofar as these do not conflict with our supreme authority.
B. When men issue an order that contradicts our orders from heaven, we must take a stand (Daniel 1:8-21; 3:14-18; 6:7-10; Acts 5:29).
A. Take a stand, even if it costs you dearly (Genesis 39; Hebrews 11:25).
B. The Lord always stands with those who stand for Him (Hebrews 13:5-6)!