Wake Up and Get Up


Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.

(Acts 12:6-9 ESV)

 

Peter wasn’t being effective being bound in chains and neither can we. I’m not talking about being locked up in a prison but we sometimes can put ourselves in a prison in our mind. If we are bound by our own emotions, fears, doubt, past failures, etc. we get lazy we want to be passive and just take a rest. The Gospel is to be preached not to be hidden. Let go! Let God walk into that prison of yours and break free and be the light that He has called us to be.

 

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Make His Paths Straight

In the beginning of the book of John we read that “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” – John 1:6-9

If you want God to use you, you must make yourself available for Him to use you. Without Him we have no power in ourselves to speak to lives and for them to be changed. It must be backed with the Holy Spirit. Just as there was a man sent from God. We to, female and male are called to make straight the way of the Lord! To be bear witness of the light and to make His name known by our actions and words.

 

Relationship Application

People need to hear about God more than ever during this time we live in. Even though it may look like a losing battle to win souls keep pressing on, the lives that you have come into contact with by planting that seed and nurturing it by your actions and fruits of the Spirit, God will then do the rest! Don’t beat up on yourself. I too have been praying that lost loved ones would come to Christ. Their just one seed away!

Discussions/Questions

Boldness – it’s what John had and lots of it. It can’t be fabricated, it’s a God given attribute of His Spirit “And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

Pray for BOLDNESS

Challenge

From reading, i’m sure you have already challenged yourself but if not I will.

  1. Pray for boldness
  2. Act in boldness
  3. Live in boldness

 

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The Crossing

the crossing

Gods promises are sure, always faithful, never failing.

Do you have an impossible situation?

I don’t know about you but I prejudge a lot of things from small things to big things. I put to much thought sometimes before I do something. We tend to look at situations in the flesh more than the spiritual, I do at least. When God was preparing His people to cross the Jordan River, the people was told to prepare themselves. I believe if we spend enough time in prayer we won’t be surprised when those trials come, we learn the heart of God and the meaning behind the unseen circumstances, not fully but by faith. 

Let’s imagine ourselves at that time. The Jordan River how big it was and not just that but scripture tells us that the river overflowed its banks. As the children of Israel was preparing to cross the Jordan, they must’ve been afraid. Not ever in the history has the river been flooded, Why? How could this have been? God was about to show just how powerful He could be during this time. 

“Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.

I want to stop and add this. Before we have victory over a situation, I believe God sometimes will set a time of rest before we receive the victory. They were there three days before they passed over. Not always will He do this. During this time, God will take the brokeness and mend our hearts, during this time He will speak to us more than ever, if we just listen.

At the end of three days the officers went through the camp. And commanded the people “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.”

” And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.” – Joshua 4:17

Relationship Application

God has went before us, He knows our lives better than we know ourselves, He knows our thoughts and motives, He knows our desires. One thing we can’t let ourselves do is letting our emotions, our fleshly desire to take control over our lives. If the Bible makes it clear that being controlled by the spirit is so vital, what prevents so many of us from fully surrendering ourselves to the Holy Spirit?

Discussions/Questions

Are there any “jordan rivers” in your life?

Is their an area in your life that you are doubting God?

Challenge:

I challenge you to fully surrender to God this day and this week. We can become so passive minded to the “little” things in our lives but God is just as mindful of those than the big issues in your life. Tell Him whats on your heart, how you feel about the situation and I promise you that His Holy Spirit will guide you as you lean on Him.

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holiness

THE simple truth

HOLINESS

Without it no one will see the Lord.

“Show me your face o lord, give me strength to stand in your holy place, I can make it to the end if I could see your face. Moses stood on the mountain waiting for you to pass by and with your hand over his face so in your presence he wouldn’t die all of Israel saw the glory and it shines down all through the age, now you call me boldly to seek your face.” – Brian Johnson

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! – 2 Peter 3:10-12

“This world, so far as we know, will not cease to be; it will pass through the purifying flame, and then it may be the soft and gentle breath of Almighty love will blow upon it and cool it rapidly, and the divine hand will shape it as it cools into a paradise more fair.” – Charles Spurgeon

God’s Holiness

“Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” (Isaiah 6:6-7 ESV)

God is so holy that superlatives must be invented to describe him. Yet he wants us – the people he made out of dirt – to come close and into his very counsel. Astounding.

A Seraph is a “burning one.” the six-winged seraphim around God’s throne cover their faces, evidently to shield them from seeing God’s glory. They also cover their feet, suggesting that they won’t walk their own way. But their ears aren’t covered-they can hear what the holy God directs them to do.

Our holiness

Paul ” For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. (1 Corinthians 4:4 ESV)

‘I am not aware of anything against myself.’ Seriously?! You can’t think of anything?, Paul? Not a single idol buried somewhere under ten layers of your subconscious? Don’t miss the next line: “but I am not thereby aquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.” Paul isn’t claiming to be alright just because he feels okay. But rather has a clear conscious. He obeys God and sticks close to his Word, he’s not perfect, no doubt. He’s bringing his sins daily before the Lord to be cleansed from all unrighteousness. Sins that he knows he’s committing? No! Sometimes we sin without even realizing it – and not just by doing something wrong, but by failing to do something right. We may ignore someone who needs our help or encouragement, for example, or we may fail to pray for them or in some other way overlook their need.

If we are in His Word and truly going after Him, Holiness with follow that.

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