STAND - A Fight to the Finish
‘AND that about wraps it up. God is strong and He wants you strong.
So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so that you will be able to STAND up to everything the devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we will walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the devil and all his angels.
Be prepared. You’re up against more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faith, and Salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.’
Ephesians 6:10-13. The Message.
Over the last 30 years, these words have resonated from my heart as I have engaged in prayer and spiritual warfare. Our weapons are spiritual in nature and resemble that of a high priest. We wage war through prayer, petitions and praise. We fight, not with our own strength but through knowing our authority and identity in Christ. I have discovered that the whole armor of God is not just for passive protection when we face the enemy. Rather, as this scripture says, we have to assertively STAND and position ourselves to engage in the battle … to STAND against the enemy … to STAND in prayer till the breakthrough happens … and to be found STANDING when the battle is over.
A year ago I had to STAND and fight a very personal battle.
For many years I’ve lived in Wollongong and attended C3 Church Thirroul. After my husband passed away, I received a number of prophetic words about moving to Sydney. In response to these words, I prepared my house to sell and got ready to move. In the midst of this time, I received a call back from the mammogram clinic telling me I had been diagnosed with breast cancer! My first response after seeking the Lord in prayer was to reach out to my family and friends who would stay steely minded and stand in prayer for me. Talk about timing! On the very day I went in for surgery my house was auctioned and I listened to the bidding on my phone. God is so good. My house got top price for the region! After surgery, I had to have fourteen days of radio therapy and only two days later I was driving up to my new place on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and C3 Church Oxford Falls became my new Church Home.
The BEST PART after these twelve months is that I have been given the ‘ALL CLEAR - NO TRACE OF CANCER’. Yes, I went through the fire, but God sustained me, and kept me safe and free of all side effects. The power of His Presence was tangible all the way through the battle and I felt the power of all those that STOOD for me in prayer. I thank-you with all my heart.
Marion carries an anointing for prayer that has opened up many doors of ministry over 35 years in the U.K., S.E. ASIA, NEW ZEALAND, FIJI, and AUSTRALIA. She has authored a book “Walking In High Places” and currently is connected with a group of artists of different genres; Music, Song Writers, Actors, Film Producers and the Corporate Sector with prayer support.