Arise for the Lord has come.
Arise – to get up; to rise up; to move upward
An example of Arise is when you awake out of sleep you sit up in the bed, then you stand up. You have taken two (2) steps to Arise – sitting up and standing up. When you sat up, your upper body was raised from your waist to your head, and the next level or rising was standing- your entire body was raised from your head to your feet.
“And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy),
I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all . . .” (Mark 8:8-12)
In order for the man to Arise, he had to sit up and stand up. Therefore, he experienced 2 levels of rising. When he sat up, his upper body was raised from his waist to his head), and when he stood, his entire body was raised form his feet to his head Only when he experienced these 2 levels of rising could he walk. Walking requires taking steps forward. When you walk, you constantly move forward.
Like this man who had palsy, God wants His children to ARISE so they can move forward in life - Forward in knowledge and understanding of God’s Word so they can apply it in their lives and share their knowledge and wisdom with others.
God wants his children to arise in Him by walking (constantly taking steps forward) in uprightness. That is in:
- Reverencing God
- Worshipping God
- Praising God
- Reading His Word
- Studying His Word
- Meditating on His Word
- Obeying His Word
God doesn’t want you to take what life throws you – “oh whatever this day brings I’ll take it; living without purpose. He has given you a purpose and He wants you to fulfill it. God has given you a destiny so that you can bear much fruit.
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” (Jeremiah 29:11 – AMP)
“For we are God’s own handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us (taking paths which He prepared ahead of time), that we should walk in them living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live).“ (Ephesians 2:10 – AMP)
Many of you are so comfortable in your “beds of ease” that you don’t have a desire (a passion) to arise (go to levels) that will move you forward to where God wants you to be. So rather than arise from your “beds of comfort and ease”, you settle and accept the level of life you are on. But God is calling you to Arise to levels that may be uncomfortable. Levels where you may experience trials and tribulations such as discrimination on your job; or ridicule and scorn if you stand up against what you believe. However, in order to Move Forward like the man with palsy, You Are Going to Have to ARISE.
If you don’t move forward in life, you BECOME STAGNANT – still; not flowing; not changing or growing; failing to progress.
God does not want His children to stagnate, but to always move forward. In order to move forward, you have to submit to God’s way and not your way. God’s way is always the best and will Always Keep You Moving on the Straight and Narrow Road of Success.
Your way of doing things will always lead you off the path of righteousness and on to the path of destruction. “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 16:25)
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. ” (Psalm 1:1-2)
In Psalm 1:3 it says “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
The Tree of Life
Is the tree that is rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ.
It depends and trusts in Jesus for the sustenance of its life.
Its roots go deeper and spread wider as it reaches maturity.
It sprouts fruit that is good for edification and spiritual and physical growth. Its leaves restore health and prosperity.
The tree is constantly nurtured by Living Waters that reach beyond the sky.
And flow from rivers as far as the East is to the West that never runs dry.
The Living Waters is the Word of God, which facilitates constant growth and maturity.
Won’t you become the tree of life today?
If you choose “NO”, you will have to pay.
© 1994 Karmen A. Booker
“I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit (stops bearing) he cuts away; and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer excellent fruit.” (John 15:1)
“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” (John 15:8)
Therefore, when you follow God’s Word you will produce fruit and bear much fruit. You will use your mind and body to be a productive vessel of God. For example, you may use your hands to write a book that contains a message from God that encourages and comforts the reader, which moves them off the Path of Despair and onto the Path of Hope.
Joshau gives us the key to Moving Forwardi life. In Joshua 1:8, it says
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
The key to Moving Forward is to read, study and meditate on the Word of God, and apply it in your life; then you’ll stay on the straight and narrow road that leads to an Abundant Life and Eternal Life in Heaven, and you’ll become rooted and grounded in the Word of God. Just like a potato seed you plant in the ground. If you don’t nurture the seed by watering it, it will never become rooted and grounded and produce potatoes. It will just be sitting in soil; not growing; it will become STAGNANT.
“The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible]. Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.” (Psalm 92:12-13 AMP)
Flourish means to thrive; constantly increase. Therefore, the uncompromisingly righteous – those that are doers of the Word of God, and not hearers only, shall thrive and constantly increase spiritually, mentally, emotional, and financially (in every area of their life.
So Make a Decision to ARISE TODAY, and experience the abundant life that God has already ordained for you.
Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God. She is the founder of Wings of Love Ministries (WOLM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace.
She has produced ministry resources that are designed to equip and encourage women to grow in their spiritual walk with Jesus Christ, and discover and fulfill their God-given purpose for the Advancement of the Kingdom of God. These ministry resources are:
“Life Enrichment Kit” – http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191559
“A B C’s of Successful Living” – http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191532“A B C’s of Ministry “ – http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191524
“Seeking the Face of God” – http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191540
“Biblical Entrepreneurship” – http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191508
“Nonprofit Handbook” – http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0977191567