Sometimes standing and fighting doesn't always look like standing and fighting. Typically, we picture it as holding our ground and putting up our dukes. But, sometimes it can look like cutting and running. I would imagine that any ground soldier could tell you that standing fast can sometimes mean changing your ground in order to win the fight. It would be foolish to hold one particular spot of real estate and get cut down when all you would've had to do is move to a better position.
Even the victorious fight that was waged by our Lord to win our redemption looked like defeat. A cross certainly doesn't seem like the evidence of a victory - not at first sight, not by human eyes and understanding. Therein lies my encouragement. Standfast. Even when it doesn't look like it.