Rise up

 

from http://gadgetgal7.blogspot.com
from http://gadgetgal7.blogspot.com

Joshua 7:10: The LORD said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face?

You must not allow any situation to get you down. You must get up, be strong and get on with life. There is more your life than you see presently. Break away the chains which are to hold you bound and keep you in a state of inertia.

You cannot allow your past experience to hold you bound, or even the experience of others or how they see you to stop you.

The bible says: arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you (Isaiah 60:1-3). Your response to the coming of the glory of the Lord upon you is that you must arise. You must do something to express the glory of the Lord that is upon you. You must shine. You must be outstanding and be consistently so.

Jesus Christ says that no one lights a cable and put it under a bushel but puts it on a candlestick so that it can give light to those who are in the house and fulfill its full potential (Matthew 5:13-16).  You have to rise up and take your place, assume the role that God is calling into. It is because you are not occupying your place that is why things are not working well for you as it should. You have been resisting God; therefore you are experiencing resistance.

Remember Jonah? He was meant to proceed to Nineveh to give the word of the Lord to that city but he had another idea of what he could best put his time to. Rather than rise up based on the word of God, to fulfill his mandate from Him, he went down based on his own agenda.

He went down in a ship to Tarshish and ended up in the mouth of a big fish. Until be repented of following his own ways, he could not come out of the messy stomach of a fish. Jonah resisted God and landed in a pit. Jonah did not want to rise up and take on the mantle of speaking the word of God. But he soon realised that there is no hiding from God. The earlier you realise that the better so that you don’t suffer unnecessarily like Jonah, who refused to rise up into the purpose of God of his life.

Just like it was for Queen Esther, it is now time for you to stand up and be counted in these challenging times. Mordecai, Esther’s uncle challenged her to rise up and do something, rather than be subjected to the paralysis of analysis.

Though she was in her cozy palace as the queen of the land and it was risky for her to go to the king on behalf of her people, because one appears before the king without being summoned on the pain of death, but they can be spared, if the king stretches forth the scepter to the person. Esther however left her comfort zone to rescue a nation, maybe you should too. How about losing some sleep, denying yourself of food, rearranging your schedule to arise in the purpose of God for your life?

She went to the king on the pain of death. She said: if I perish, I perish. It was a time the whole nation of Israel was at risk of being annihilated and only the king could do something about it. Esther approached the king, and she also got a favourable response from him to save her whole nation. She stood up to be counted. She used her position as leverage for the people of God.

Esther had a choice to make: to stand up to save the nation or to be silent and save herself, but Mordecai advised her: maybe you are in the kingdom for such a time like this. He charged her to stand up and be counted when it matters most. What about you? Are you going to keep quiet in the face of the various ills of our time?

Rise up! The bible says: “awake to righteousness, for some do not have the knowledge of God (1Corinthians 15:34).” That means to awake to knowledge is to wake to righteousness; it is to awake to the purpose that you were created for. It is to leave ignoble things and go on to noble things.

As mentioned earlier, it was Isaiah who wrote: arise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you; thick darkness shall be upon the nations and gross darkness the people but the glory of the Lord shall be seen upon us, and kings and many shall come to our rising. If you do not rise up and shine your light, then many will be in darkness because they are “waiting” for your light to get them out of darkness.

Of Jesus it was said that a great light has appeared to those who are in darkness, and to those who in shadow of death, light has dawned (Matthew 4:16). The manifestation of the light changes everything. Turn on the light and you can make progress. Turn on the light you can make changes. To shine as light is to manifest God.

There is the satanic suggestion that to be happy, to be bold, and to be forthright about truth is pride; that to know what you about, to laugh is unspiritual. Paul classified these as false humility (Colossians 2:20-23). But the bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10), and we are to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10).

We are supposed to burn with the confidence of God, with the power of God and the glory of God. And there is an in-your-face-attitude about it.  This is because you have something to offer this world because you are a bearer of the light of Christ and there is no apology about it. You have what the world needs and when you shine, you draw men to God the ultimate source of light.

We need to rise up in the power and word of God to combat the demonic powers and the falsehood we see around. God wants to set you loose on this world as a truth bearer, as the bearer of his power to bring others into the true knowledge of God (Matthew 28:18-20).

What you have in the light of God is what the world needs, that is the expression of God’s truth and power. You cannot keep silent any longer, you have to stand up and be counted in the army of God in your nation, your community, and church.

You have something to contribute, you have an impact to make, and you have the name of Jesus to proclaim. You have a change to effect. People who come in contact with you should not remain the same.

As Jesus is so you are in this world (1John 4:17), and He is about changing lives, making a difference. He does not leave you the way He meets you. And when you are born again, you are infused with his gene (1Peter 1:23), you are enabled to be like, be impactful like him.

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