But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them. Acts 2:14 (ESV)
The title and the basis of this post comes from a message I heard Bishop Michael Pitts, Senior Pastor of Conerstone Church, give at Kingdom Momentum at Redemption World Outreach Center.
Until someone stands up and tells the truth, the world will continue to believe a lie. Paul writes “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (See Romans 10:14) The world is waiting for the sons of God to rise up and take a stand (See Romans 8:14-19). We have what the world needs. The problem is they are seeking after the lie of what they have been told they need, what they believe they need, and what they see others have and think they want. They are like the cripple at the temple gate, who thought he needed money and the world kept bringing him back to the same spot day after day never taking him into his breakthrough. Finally Peter and John came along to give him what he really needed (See Acts 3:1-7).
There seems to be something that is holding us back from standing up and saying something. Everyone knows what we are against but no one knows what we stand for. My dad always told me that if I didn’t stand for something, I would fall for anything. Nobody is taking a stand, so everyone keeps falling for the lie over and over again. Here are a few things that I believe keep us silent.
1) We fall for the lie that everyone is doing it, so I should do it.
2) We fall for the lie of talking ourselves out of it.
3) We fall for the lie that nothing has ever changed, so why say something now.
4) We fall for the lie that I am only one person, I can’t do anything significant, I can’t have an impact.
Just like the apostles got out of the upper room, we have to get outside of the four walls of the church. The world is waiting for someone to tell them the truth about who they are. The animals wandered around wondering who they were until Adam told them who they are. People have wondered around too long listening to the lies of the enemy telling them they’re a loser, there is no hope, their dreams are dead. There is a valley of dry bones out there that is waiting for us to speak to them. To speak life into them. It’s time to stand up and tell them the truth of who they are in Christ.
In Christ there is no more condemnation (See Romans 8:1). In Christ you have peace (See Philippians 4:7). In Christ all your needs are supplied (See Philippians 4:19). In Christ all things are made new (See 2 Corinthians 5:17). In Christ you’re made alive (See 1 Corinthians 15:22). In Christ you can stand firm (2 Corinthians 1:21-23). In Christ you are reconciled to God (See Ephesians 2:13). In Christ you are a son or daughter of God (See Galatians 3:26-27). In Christ you are free (See Galatians 2:4). In Christ you are always triumphant (See 2 Corinthians 2:14). In Christ you are blessed (Ephesians 1:3). In Christ you have grace, faith, and love (See 1 Timothy 1:14). In Christ you are righteous, holy, and redeemed (See 1 Corinthians 1:30). In Christ you have a purpose (See Philippians 3:13-14). In Christ you are perfect (See Colossians 1:28). In Christ you are joyful, prayerful, and thankful (See 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). In Christ you have salvation and an eternal hope (See 2 Timothy 2:10).
Stand up and say something!