What does it really mean to "stand on the Word"? As a little girl I always pictured myself crawling up on a giant Bible and standing there watching the world pass by. I was far too high for anything bad to reach me. As a young adult I thought of this phrase as something a little more political, stand up for the proper teachings of Jesus Christ our Lord. All of that seemed so mechanical though and in the end it really meant nothing to me.
Here at Through the Gate we have a class that has blown away all of my dead and childish theories about what standing on the word really means. The class is called Apologetics. We can define Apologetics as a defense of the Christian faith. I never realized that I didn't really know the gospel. All I knew was that Jesus was the Son of God and that He died on the cross to save me. BUT WHY??? FOR WHAT??? HOW DID THIS COME TO BE??? WHY DO I NEED TO BE SAVED??? AREN"T ALL CHRISTIANS HYPOCRITS??? THE BIBLE IS JUST AN OLD BOOK ISN"T IT???? WHAT ABOUT OTHER RELIGIONS???The questions that were deep inside of me that never surfaced all came up when I began to learn why are there Christians at all.
When you listen to the historical accounts, biblical and secular, of the first humans, of other religious beliefs, of supposed contradictions in the Bible, of prophecies fulfilled, of the life of a Man who claimed to be God and did nothing but good on earth and was hated by His own people and then died on a cross so that some may have life, and then the amazing story of the early church, Apostles spreading the gospel throughout the world (12 men), and how the Bible was truly put together not as just some random acts but with a ton of requirements and specifications. I could go on and on and on about just how incredibly deep and amazing the study of Apologetics is. You won't be able to look at the Word the same again. You won't be able to deny the overwhelming truth.
Standing on the Word. I wish everyone could know what this really means. It is a firm foundation, it is knowing why you believe, it is being ready to answer questions, it is assurance in God, it is comfort to a weary soul, it is joy when life circumstances are bleak, it is EVERYTHING. Why is this even important you may ask.....because what we believe matters!! What we believe affects the way we live! I have spent the majority of my life wandering aimlessly into every sin known to man and my life seemed to be hopeless and without meaning. I didn't know God, I didn't even care to, That is not my life anymore.
I wake up everyday at Through the Gate, I could sulk in my circumstance. I sometimes do, life is not a rose garden, but it isn't a hopeless pit. I don't stand on drugs anymore, I don't stand on men, on vanity, or whatever the sin may be. I stand on the Word and it sustains me!