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Rise Up!

From the beginning God’s plan for our life has been to Rise Up.  Just as Jesus did.

If you are going to Rise Up and do anything for God, you have to take charge and control of your life.  God has already given us everything that He is going to give.  He has given us His best to help us Rise Up.  He has given us Jesus.  God has done His part.  Now we need to do our part.  One way for us to do our part, is by going to a Church that teaches His word and fellowshipping with believers.  I give thanks to God that I am given the opportunity to attend Church to fellowship and worship Him, while getting my spirit fed.

God has given us all we need to Rise Up and the world around us is growing more evil every day to keep us down.  You can see evil at work every day just by turning on the television and watching the news.  You will see all the bad things that people do to other people.  Sometimes you will see where they have done things even to their own family members.

Even that God has given us all we need to Rise Up and be fruitful, it seems that most people today try to seek and applaud evil to keep them down.  If you flip through the TV channels, you are going to come across a lot of soap operas and talk shows that cover all kinds of corrupted topics.  The more corrupted they get; the more excited the people get watching them.  They feed their mind and spirit with all that evil garbage.  They are keeping themselves down and not Rising Up.

Whatever form or kind of evil it may be, God instructs us very clearly in 1st Thessalonians 5:22 to “avoid every kind of evil.”

Avoid every kind of evil means do not participate in it, do not watch it, and do not feed on it.  Stay away from it and have nothing to do with it.  Colossians 1:13 says God has rescued us from the darkness and brought us into the light, into the Kingdom of the Son He loves.

So we have no business participating in any evil, because 1st Thessalonians 5:23 goes on to say “may God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We are to be devoted to the Lord.  He is calling us to Himself.  He is calling us to Rise Up.  He is telling us to be separated from evil and profane things.  He is telling us to be devoted to Him.

Now I want us to stop right here and take a good honest look at our lives.  Are you involved in any evil or anything related to the darkness?  I mean anything?  Are you reading any either by book or internet?  What about watching any on TV?  Do you channel surf and stop to watch a show that you know has corruption in it or on it, say for even 60 seconds?  These are just a few examples but if you are doing any of these, even to slightest little amount, then you are not choosing to be separated from it and you are not being devoted to God as He is telling you to be.

See God wants us to be Holy.  1st Corinthians 3:16-17 says, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him.  For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

To be Holy means to be set apart for God’s use.  If you study through the Bible, you will also find that god calls the tithe Holy.  The Bible teaches us that the tithe is devoted to God.  It is to be set apart for God’s use.  So every time you increase in something, 10% of that increase is Holy.  It is to be set apart for God’s use.  That 10% belongs to God and if you do not tithe, the Bible says you are robbing God of what is His.  So a persons tithe can be devoted to God or it can be devoted to destruction.  If you give it to God it becomes devoted to Him.  If you do not give it to God, you rob Him of it and it becomes devoted to destruction.

Now that we understand that the tithe is Holy and it can be devoted to God or destruction, let’s read 1st Corinthians 3:16-17 again.  “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him.  For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

Just as the tithe is Holy, we, our body, the temple of God is Holy.  If you do not set apart your tithe to God, then the 10% of your increase is devoted to destruction, just as if you do not set apart your body for God.  It will also start being devoted to destruction.

It says in Galatians 6:7 that “a man reaps what he sows.”

The more a person takes drugs, drinks alcohol, partakes in pornography, partakes in adultery, gets involved in gossip or any other kind of sin, the faster that person will die.  God has called us as His sons, to live apart, to be sanctified and to be Holy.  He has called us to Rise Up.

We are to obey God in everything He tells us to do.  We are to live for Him and stop participating in the world’s ways.  We might be in the world, but we do not have to be of the world.  God wants us to learn to separate in our lives the good things that are His, from the evil things of the world that are keeping us down.  He wants us to Rise Up.

God wants us to Rise Up and to do what He says, and walk in His word.  If you do, it will produce freedom in your life.  You can not walk in the ways of the world and be free.  No matter what we do in life, or where we go, God is on top of all the situations in our life.  He is committed to helping us change our life so we can Rise Up like He wants us to.  He is also preparing vessels like the tithe and our body that can be devoted to destruction, or devoted to Him.  The vessels devoted for destruction are the people who think they have been getting away with all the sins that they have done.  Instead of getting away with it, God has been putting up with our sins with long suffering, giving us the opportunity to come to Him and repent.  The vessels devoted to God are us believers who have been prepared to receive God’s end-time manifestations of the glory.  We are being set apart.  We are the ones who are to keep our bodies separated unto God and away from profane and unholy things.  We are to Rise Up.

Every Christian believer that truly loves God in their heart wants to be Holy.  But not all believers are living that way.  A lot of times we have old habits, actions or addictions that we have never overcome.  Sometimes we live with them for years and never think anything about them.  We think they are no big deal, when actually they are some type of bondage on our life that is keeping us from being totally holy.  God does not want us to have any kind of bondage in our life to hold us down.  He wants us to be free.  If we continue walking in the word of God, it will make us free and we can live a Holy life.

If you have a habit or addiction and no matter how strong it is or how long you have had it, God can still set you free.  All He needs is your choice, your decision to say no matter what it is, you are ready to stop and leave that bondage behind you, because you are ready to Rise Up.  God is faithful and He is waiting for the opportunity to help you.  Jeremiah 15:19-21 says, Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman.  Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.  I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and save you,” declares the Lord.  “I will save you from the hands of the wicked and redeem you from the grasp of the cruel.”

So if you repent as a believer, God is asking you to draw near to Him and He will draw near to you with every deliverance, every blessing and every prosperity that you need.  If you are a person who has fallen or strayed away from God, He is asking you to repent and return back to Him, so He can help you Rise again.  If you have never been saved, He is asking you to repent and come to Him and make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, so He can show you what it is like to Rise Up and not be down.

If you choose to be devoted to God and not destruction, begin doing what God’s word says.  When you do, it will be harder for the evil of the world to stick to you and keep you down.  Do not focus on what you can not do.  Focus on what you can do.  Whether you are a believer or not, one thing that we all can do is spend time in God’s word.

As you spend more time in the word, it will separate you from the things of the world.  It will separate you from those habits and addictions that you have been living with and it will separate you from the sin that has been keeping you down.

If you stay with the word and Rise Up, sooner or later those habits and addictions will disappear.  You will start following righteousness; you will start walking in faith, love and following peace.  Before you know it those old habits and addictions will be nowhere in sight.  They will not be in your spirit; they will not be in your body or your mind.  You will not want to partake anymore in pornography or adultery; you will not want to get involved in anymore gossip or any other kind of sin that is holding you down.  Your music and TV selections will change and you will even start see change take place in your attitudes.

You will only want to Rise Up and keep your temple Holy to God.

Let us Rise and possess what God has for us

Let us Rise and obey God’s commands

We are able

God is with us

Let us Rise Up!

Joy

The Bible tells us that we are to be joyful at all times.  Joy comes from our Spirit.  We all have a spirit that is covered with Flesh & Bones and When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord & Savior, you are asking Him to come into your life.  Life is not our Flesh & Bones.  Your Flesh & Bones can be broken or injured and your Life still goes on living.  Our Life is our Spirit and When you ask God to come into your life, He will send His Holy Spirit to live in you and give your Spirit a New Beginning or Birth.  You will be born again with a new Life in your Spirit.

During our life time we are faced with many kinds of trials.  Good ones and Bad ones.  Thessalonians 5:16 says to be joyful Always.  Not just during the good times, but Always.

Some of the trials that we face are tougher than other trails.  When trials come, basically Satan is attempting an attack on your life (to a certain extent) and at times he tries to throw everything he can at you.  But God will strengthen your Spirit, so that no matter what comes, it is not going to reach your Spirit.

The book of Nehemiah says the Joy of the Lord is the strength of your Spirit.

No matter how tough the trial gets, it will not reach your Spirit.  God will not allow something to come upon you that you can not handle.  You may wonder why we have to even go through trials in our life.  It could be that God is testing our courage and strength of our Faith, or it could be that we have to go through them to be prepared or made stronger to accept or be able to handle what God has for us to come.  God has a plan for everyone’s life and sometimes we have to be prepared for His plan.  If you don’t know the plan He has for your life, just ask Him.

Matthew 7:7-8  Ask and it will be given to you;  seek and you will find;  knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Here is what the Bible says about being Joyful or Happy when these trials or test come upon us.

Romans 5:3-5 (New Life Version) We are glad for our troubles also. We know that troubles help us learn not to give up. When we have learned not to give up, it shows we have stood the test. When we have stood the test, it gives us hope. Hope never makes us ashamed because the love of God has come into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

1 Thessalonians 5:16  (New Living Translation) 16 Always be joyful

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

James 1:2-4 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:12 (New Living Translation) 12 God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

It is sad that most people will develop a bad attitude when trials or test come upon them.  Sometimes they will even try to run from the difficult situations, instead of being Joyful and facing the situation head on.  NEVER run in difficult situations, or you may never receive the blessing that God has for you on the other side.

A lot of people think they can have Joy or Happiness without asking God into their life.  They think that having a lot of money, nice cars, boats, big houses, fancy cloths or successful businesses, can make them Happy or give them Joy.  What they have is a fake or false Joy and Happiness.  No matter how much money you have or how big your house is it is never enough.  You will always want more and bigger.  The only TRUE Joy and happiness is Jesus Christ.

So no matter how bad a situation may be, it is very important to always keep your Joy.  You may have heard before that Joy or Laughter can even cure depression.  In Proverbs 17:22 it says that “a cheerful heart is good medicine”.  Joy gives you health.

Philippians 4:4-5 Rejoice in the Lord Always – Let your gentleness be evident to all.

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in Heaven.

If you don’t Rejoice and show Happiness, then Satan thinks he has won.  Don’t let him win.

Be Happy and full of Joy, ALWAYS!

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