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Rise Up!


Bless the LORD, who is my rock.

He gives me strength for war

and skill for battle.

He is my loving ally and my fortress,

my tower of safety, my deliverer.

He stands before me as a shield, and I take refuge in him.

He subdues the nations under me. Psalm 144:1-2 (NLT)

David was a man who was pressed on every side by enemies, even some in his own household. But David knew who he was. He was anointed by God to be King of Israel and he was a warrior. He knew that it was God who gave him his strength. It was God who trained him. God was his ally and his shield and fortress. If things looked bad he always ran to the one who created him. Yes David failed at times, but he always got back up, repented and went on. He was a man after God’s own heart.

Like David, Paul was also pressed on all sides and this is what he wrote through the Holy Spirit in 2 Corinthians 4:8-12 "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies. Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be obvious in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but it has resulted in eternal life for you." (NLT)

And in Romans 8:31-39 "What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honour next to God, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? (Even the Scriptures say, "For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep."No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us." (NLT)

The victory is ours! We have been made kings and priests and the bible tells us we are seated in high places with Christ. We need to rise up and seize the day! The things and cares of this world should never keep us from being what we truly are in Christ. We are warriors trained by the King himself. Rise up my brothers and sisters, mighty men and women of valour and let’s move forward taking what the Lord has promised us.

 
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:10-12

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Comments on: "Rise Up!" (5)

  1. A VOICE IN THE DESERT said:

    Dear Big Bro:
    God bless you!!
    You know,David was such a small and young man,running away
    from King Saul\’s wrath,But he trusted in God and God protected him.
    king Saul tried in maaany occasions to kill David but Got did not allow
    him to.And I have experienced God\’s protection in my life and that the
    devil is limited,and we should always keep our eyes on Christ and fully trust in Him on EVERYTHING.
    love…Fatima.

  2. Interesting, but then Paul and David had faith, there are so many who screw up and blame God and do not have the faith….good entry Gerry…wanted to stop by and say hi…its been a busy summer with all the kids home and 2 parents in and out of the hospital..yes we are the sandwich generation! uggg
    God bless

  3. Ciao Gerry,
    God Bless You, your blog is very good…
    Just thought that I would stop in and say Hi.
    I pray that you are having a good week in the Lord.
    you are in my prayers and thoughts.
    God Bless You my Brother in the Lord.
    Love
    Shelley
    xXx

  4. I love ur site, very cool, you have some great stuff here.

  5. Ciao Gerry.
    Just thought that I would stop in and say Hi
    Hope that you had a blessed Sunday in the Lord.
    God Bless You
    Love
    Shelley
    xXx

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