Standing In The Gap!

I hear the words “Stand or standing in the gap” quite often. What exactly does it mean to “stand in the gap?” I think about this every time I hear it said. So what is the implication? What will He require of me? And lastly what do I do when I have to stand in the gap?

Merriam-Websters defines “stand” as:
to support oneself on the feet in an erect position, to take up or maintain a specified position or posture, to maintain one’s position, to be in a particular state or situation, to hold a course at sea, to endure or undergo successfully, to tolerate without flinching, to bear courageously, to endure the presence or personality of..

Examples for “stand” in the Strong’s Concordance:

Histemi (2476) – to cause or make to stand, to place, put, set (in the presence of others, in the midst, before judges, before members of the Sanhedrin; to make firm, fix establish, to stand, be kept intact (of family, a kingdom), to escape in safety) to stand (to stop, stand still, to stand immovable, stand firm, of the foundation of a building, continue safe and sound, stand unharmed, to stand ready or prepared, to be of a steadfast mind, of quality, one who does not hesitate, does not waiver)

* Anistemi (450) – to cause to rise up, raise up (raise up from laying down, to raise up from the dead, to raise up, cause to be born, to cause to appear, bring forward) at arise, appear, stand forth (of kings prophets, priests, leaders of insurgents, of those about to enter into conversation or dispute with anyone, or to undertake some business, or attempt something against others, to rise up against any one)

* Steko: (4739) – to stand firm, to persevere, to persist, to keep one’s standing

I’m fascinated by this. It brings out the military, the historian in me. I think if the Civil War movie “Gettysburg” the scene where the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment is on Little Round Top. They were assigned an extended position (a gap), to hold the extreme left of the Union line. After withstanding assault after assault by the Confederates for hours. Completely out of ammunition, they watched as another Confederate line being formed up to assault them again. The 20th Maine responded with the order to “fix bayonets and charge!” They swooped downhill, breaking up the Confederate lines and capturing over 400 men from the 47th and 15th Alabama regiments. They were credited with saving the Union lines giving the North a much needed victory at Gettysburg. That afternoon they changed the course of the war.

Let’s take a look at Samson for a moment

Judges 15:14-17
He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it. Then Samson said: “With the jawbone of a donkey, Heaps upon heaps, With the jawbone of a donkey I have slain a thousand men!” And so it was, when he had finished speaking, that he threw the jawbone from his hand, and called that place Ramath Lehi. (“the hollow place that is in Lehi.”)

These men & Samson made a stand in the gap that day…

Now in Numbers 16, a guy named Korah tries to lead a rebellion against Moses. God is mad and causes the earth to open and swallow up the rebellious Korah and his family. Now the very next day you have the whole Israelite community grumbling against Moses and Aaron on how they killed the Lords people. It was when the people decide to move against Moses, that a cloud (God) gathered above the Tent of Meeting and God told Moses and Aaron to move. Moses knew in that instant, that he had to act to save the people.

Numbers 16:42-48
Now it happened, when the congregation had gathered against Moses and Aaron, that they turned toward the tabernacle of meeting; and suddenly the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared. Then Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of meeting.

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” And they fell on their faces.

So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a censer and put fire in it from the altar, put incense on it, and take it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them; for wrath has gone out from the LORD. The plague has begun.” Then Aaron took it as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and already the plague had begun among the people. So he put in the incense and made atonement for the people. And he stood between (stood in a gap) the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped.

How old are these two (Moses and Aaron)? They both realize “Uh-oh! Big trouble! We have to do something NOW!” Can you image Aaron running out, to place himself between the living and the dead. Imagine a real old guy, beard flapping, him holding the censor in one hand, his robe hem in the other and sprinting to stand between death and life. I feel that this is saying that things like age (old or young), experience, or knowledge. These things will not keep you from Standing when the time comes.

It’s important that we recognize that “standing in the gap” is a normal for us. We are called out day in day out, time and time again for this purpose. What we need to be is understand is how do we stand in the gap? What do I do when I’m thrust there in the gap? Here is an outline of how to Stand in the Gap

#1. Recognize the infection
It is only when we see the effect that sin or circumstances has on people, so that we will respond with compassion. We have to understand the hurt, the circumstances, or we will feel the harm it releases.

Matthew 9:35-38
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers

Laborers = those chosen to make a stand

When Jesus saw the crowd He was moved with compassion. We have to recognize that we need to be around the “lost” until it registers so that we can recognize the infection.

#2. Seek To Be Covered!
Anytime we step out to war in the spirit, to intercede and pray against powers and principalities, it is very important that we are connected to a local body and BE COVERED by His presence.

Cover means:
to guard from attack, to hold within range of an aimed firearm, to afford protection or security, to guard, to be in position to receive a throw(a base in baseball), to make provision for

1 Corinthians 11:3
Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. (this implies submission)

Ephesians 6:1
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (this implies protection & obedience)

So if you are not properly related to a local church, you will be unable to adequately function, and not only will it be very easy to become shortsighted but you will be more vulnerable to attack.

So where does this covering come from? Is it imparted?

Matthew 28:18,19
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Clearly, “In The Name” refers to instruction on having spiritual “covering” in word or deed. The phrase “I got you covered” means where you are lacking, someone will help in the place of short coming. In the military, before we did ANYTHING:

* We planned (lay’d the foundation, or got “covered”),
* We did the task or mission (ministered),
* We then reported back with the status or results (honored or give praise to God)

“Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics.” -Gen. Robert H. Barrow, USMC (Commandant of the Marine Corps)

tactics logistics
religiosity relationship w/ Jesus
traditions submitted to a body or church
short-sighted preparation
un-covered vision

#3. Get Lit Up!
When Aaron put fire in the censer, that was probably the most important thing he did, when he stood in the midst of the plague. A fireless censer in a desperate hour is no excuse! Old Testament priests were instructed to keep the fire burning

Leviticus 6:12-13
And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.

Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 4:3-4
And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem. When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning,:

The spirit if burning or fire is an invigorating anointing, that is a guarantee of divine assistance and heavenly fuel necessitated for doing a good work

#4. Enter into Intercession!

Numbers 16:46
So Moses said to Aaron, “Take a censer and put fire in it from the altar, put incense on it, and take it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them;

Aaron was told to make atonement, the tool God give us for this is intercession.

Isaiah 53:12
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

We are talking about two things here. First is to identify with the un-churched, ircumstances, powers and principalities. Second is that Jesus made intercession for the transgressors, We must to love enough to be able to stand in the gap. Our intercession much like Aarons will make a difference.

Jeremiah 9:1
Oh, that my head were waters, And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night. For the slain of the daughter of my people!

Jeremiah asked God for compassion, for more tears for the people. He was contending with compassion just as Aaron did for the people… Intercession must include compassion for the unsaved, for those in circumstances..

You must pray according to the will of God
You must pray believing
You must be specific in prayer
You must pray unceasingly
You must see the answer
You must declare the answer
You must release the answer

#5. Stand in the battlefield!
We have to prepared, trained up, equipped before we can stand.

1 Peter 5:10
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you.

Acts 15:28
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:

While we are going thru that process in 1st Peter 5:10, others have stood for us. They’ve been in the gap long before we were called to it. Once He has settled us, (and God won’t place us in something we are not able to handle.) We are then able to take a stand. And God won’t place us in something we are not able to handle

Romans 14:4
Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

Ephesians 6:10-18
“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints….”

Aaron prepared himself, then stood…….

Numbers 16:47-48
” Then Aaron took it as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and already the plague had begun among the people. So he put in the incense and made atonement for the people. And he stood between (stood in a gap) the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped.

Aaron then runs “into the midst” and then he “stands between the living and the dead” stopping the plague. Aaron responded with his heart and ran to make a difference. He watched the bodies falling and he ran to the root of the problem. He stayed until the mission was accomplished

Only two kinds of people could of responded to circumstances like Aaron faced. A person of total compassion or a total fool. Us who serve the King og kings must stand wherever and whenever God calls upon us. When we stand, we do so with enough love and compassion that we can endure the challenges that circumstances bring

“Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest.” Henri Frederic Amiel

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One Response to “Standing In The Gap!”

  1. Glenn Says:

    I agree with your five steps.
    #1 recognize the infection
    #2. Seek To Be Covered!
    #3. Get Lit Up!
    #4. Enter into Intercession!
    #5. Stand in the battlefield!

    We all need to walk thru these stages. I’ve looked at standing in the gap from the perspective of Prophecy. Make sense?

    http://thebigpicmin.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/standing-in-the-gap-for-jesus/

    God Bless
    Glenn

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