Topic: Arise and shine
Text: Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1, KJV)
To arise means you were sitting. And sitting is a picture of lethargy.
Don’t just be passive do something. Your relationship depends on you as it depends on everyone else.
Stop hoping for the best, act the best.
“Shine” means you experience and express light, and you have no hidden relationships that is sinful by any means (John 3:19-21).
A sinful relationship is a bad relationship and it’s not going to make you better on the long run.
To shine means to walk in the light, being an example (1Timothy 4:12) when it comes to handling relationship and this works by allowing the life of Christ to be expressed in you and not religious dos and don’ts that will lead to frustration.
Don’t be a religious policeman, monitoring how others look or do, being overly judgemental based on your own emotional sensibility and not on truth.
To arise is to stand up. You are nobody’s slave, make your own decision hinged on dependence on God and not on any man.
The prodigal son says I will arise and and go to my father (Luke 15:18).
He repented. He walked away from his own error, leaving his pride behind and was reconciled to the Father and the relationship became better.
He chose differently, being alone and without anything, arose. He did not continue to justify the situation, wishing things will change. He made a move.
You also can arise from wrong relationships and arise into the right ones.
Through the information in this series, light, illumination has come for your relationships to be better.
But you can chose to not arise, to not take what has been given and use it, to not repent, to want to continue to defend yourself, defend the wrong decisions you have made and continue to eat with pigs until things degenerate further as it could happened with the prodigal son.
What are you doing to do now? The time for thinking is over.
Action: In what ways do you think you need to arise?
Declaration: I arise and shine into better relationships