VIDEO We Will Stand

Apr 12, 2010

WE WILL STAND: Was the Contemporary musical work of Russ Taff was one of original members of the Imperials.

As the title of the song “WE WILL STAND” clearly exemplifies the need for us to “LOVE ONE ANOTHER” and live harmoniously and in unity.

For those of you who want the lyrics here it is:

WE WILL STAND
Sometimes it’s hard for me to understand
Why we pull away from each other so easily
Even though we’re all walking the same road
Yet we build dividing walls between
Our brothers and ourselves

But I,I don’t care what label you may wear
if you believe in Jesus you belong with me
The bond we share is all I care to see
And we can change this world forever
if you will join with me
Join and sing, sing

You’re my brother, you’re my sister
So take me by the hand
Together we will work until He comes
There’s no foe that can defeat us
When we’re walking side by side
As long as there is love
We will stand

The day will come when we will be as one
And with a mighty voice together
We will proclaim that Jesus
Jesus is King
And it will echo through the earth
It will shake the nations
And the world will see
See that

The time is here, the time is now
To take a stand, to make a vow
I won’t let go, you’re not alone
Now and forever we’ll sing together

Russ Taff was (born November 11, 1953) is an American gospel singer who is originally from Farmersville, California.

His contemporary Christian music is pop-rock, often with traditional Southern Gospel influences, and on his 1995 album, a contemporary country music bent. His initial work was as the lead singer for The Imperials. One of his best-known performances is the song “Praise The Lord”. He has also been a member of the Gaither Vocal Band, and toured with Bill Gaither in the Homecoming series. As a solo artist, Taff is known for the 1980s anthem “We Will Stand”.

I Am Not Forgotten

Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. —Psalm 33:20

Waiting is hard at any time; but when days, weeks, or even months pass and our prayers seem to go unanswered, it’s easy to feel God has forgotten us. Perhaps we can struggle through the day with its distractions, but at night it’s doubly difficult to deal with our anxious thoughts. Worries loom large, and the dark hours seem endless. Utter weariness makes it look impossible to face the new day.

The psalmist grew weary as he waited (Ps. 13:1). He felt abandoned—as if his enemies were gaining the upper hand (v.2). When we’re waiting for God to resolve a difficult situation or to answer often-repeated prayers, it’s easy to get discouraged.

Satan whispers that God has forgotten us, and that things will never change. We may be tempted to give in to despair. Why bother to read the Bible or to pray? Why make the effort to worship with fellow believers in Christ? But we need our spiritual lifelines most when we’re waiting. They help to hold us steady in the flow of God’s love and to become sensitive to His Spirit.

The psalmist had a remedy. He focused on all that he knew of God’s love, reminding himself of past blessings and deliberately praising God, who would not forget him. So can we. By Marion Stroud

Lover of my soul, who draws close
in the darkest and longest night, please
keep me trusting You, talking to You,
and leaning on Your promises.

God is worth waiting for; His time is always best.

Eternal Life: Rest Assured

Romans 3:21-24

Babies have the wonderful ability to fall asleep in the midst of great commotion. They close their eyes, untroubled by worry or fear. Our heavenly Father’s desire is that we would have the same sense of security about our life in Him. He wants us to live certain of our everlasting relationship with Him through Jesus.

Have you ever noticed that when babies become toddlers, fear begins to enter their minds? Many cry over small disturbances or become unwilling to leave a parent’s side. They seem unable to accept their mom or dad’s reassurance that everything is fine. Much of the time, their situation has not changed at all—they have the same safety and protection they had as babies—but they’ve lost their sense of assurance. They will not believe the one who knows the truth: their parent.

This is just what some of us do. We fail to believe the assurances given by our heavenly Father. At the moment of salvation, we entered into a permanent relationship with God through Jesus and received eternal life. But at times, we have trouble trusting that it’s true.

Certainty about salvation doesn’t come from applying human logic. It is a matter of faith. Do we believe what God tells us or don’t we? Assurance grows as we believe God’s Word and no longer rely on our own thinking. First John 5:13 says, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” Believe the God-breathed Scripture and rejoice.

Labor

“We beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.” (1 Thessalonians 4:10-12)

On Labor Day, we traditionally take time to recognize the great workforce here in America. From factories to restaurants, from typing pools to machine shops, from schoolrooms to gas stations, laborers help make the economy run, and on this day America honors its workforce.

The Bible likewise frequently commends those who work. For example: “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth” (Ephesians 4:28).

Several of the words in our text are significant. The verbs “increase . . . study . . . be . . . do . . . work . . . walk . . . lack” are all in the tense implying a habit, or lifestyle. We are thus commended to have a mindset of work, not laziness, or expecting others to do for us what we can do for ourselves.

The word “honestly” elsewhere is translated “decently” or “properly” and is emphasized in the Greek. There is a proper way to walk.

Perhaps Paul was referring to his own example: “For ye remember, brethren, our labor and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you” (1 Thessalonians 2:9).

Note that an admonition to continue in “brotherly love” (v. 9) is the context of our text. For one who refuses to work and becomes a burden to society exhibits a lack of brotherly love and is a reproach to the community of Christ.

Laborers are honored in Scripture, and so is labor. JDM

Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil-doing

Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil-doing.—Psalm 37:8 (R.V.).

To anxious, prying thought,
And weary, fretting care,
The Highest yieldeth naught,
He giveth all to prayer.
PAUL GERHARDT.

DO not be disquieted about your faults. Love without ceasing, and much will be forgiven you, because you have loved much. Faults perceived in peace, in the spirit of love, are immediately consumed by love itself; but faults perceived in a pettish fit of self-love disturb peace, interrupt the presence of God, and the exercise of perfect love. Vexation at a fault is generally more of a fault than the fault itself. FRANCOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON.

Fight like a good soldier; and if thou sometimes fall through frailty, take again greater strength than before, trusting in my more abundant grace. THOMAS Á KEMPIS.

This alone is thy concern, to fight manfully, and never, however manifold thy wounds, to lay down thine arms, or to take to flight.
LORENZO SCUPOLI.

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23

By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report. — All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. — The offence of the cross.

If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye: but let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake. — If one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. —If we suffer, we shall also reign with him.

2 Corinthians 6:8. 2 Timothy 3:12. Galatians 5:11. Galatians 1:10. 1 Peter 4:14-16. Philippians 1:29 2 Corinthians 5:14,15. 2 Timothy 2:12.

The fruit of the spirit is meekness

The fruit of the spirit is meekness. Galatians 5:22

The meek … shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. — Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. — The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, …is in the sight of God of great price. — Charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.

Follow after meekness. — Take my yoke upon you and learn O me, for I am meek and lowly in heart. — He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb so he openeth not his mouth. — Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled reviled not again, … but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.

Isaiah 29:19. Matthew 8:3,4. 1 Corinthians 3:4. 1 Corinthians 13:4. 1 Timothy 6:11. Matthew 11:29. Isaiah 53:7. 1 Peter 2:21-23.