It’s Time To Rise Up

by | Apr 18, 2023

Deuteronomy 30:19-20,  “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers,”

It’s time to step up our game!  Christians around the world want God’s blessings, answers, and favor and yet want to live however they choose.  It’s time to raise the bar ~ a LOT on our standards and our stand.  Take a good look, you won’t really have to look far, around the world, and think ~ do you want your children and grandchildren living in a world that is so upside down and backward?  With sin in the world, things don’t gradually get better on their own, they get worse with each passing generation unless one generation stands up and says, “No more!”  I saw a meme someone posted the other day on their Facebook page that said: Someone said, ‘She doesn’t act like a Christian ~ God said, ‘I don’t need actors’….. OKAY, no, God doesn’t need or want actors but He certainly wants us to act like Godly men and women.  We are to be holy because He is holy and the world should be able to see a difference in us.  Sunday our Pastor was preaching in the Book of Acts and he brought up verse 26 in chapter 11 which says, ….Also it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called Christians.”  Then he mentioned that the Greek meaning of the word Christian is “little Christs” or little anointed ones.  We are to look like Him!

If you want God’s best in your life, in your children’s and grandchildren’s lives, and in your nation then you must choose to follow the Word of God and His leading in all that you do.  Ask God to help you see what needs to come or go in your lives.  Ask Him to show you what standards you have allowed to slip.  What are you and your children watching, reading, and listening to ~ is it what Jesus would choose?  

Life on Earth is much shorter than we really comprehend and our decisions here on Earth will matter for all eternity.  That’s a big deal.  Don’t allow satan the opportunity to make you complacent.  Don’t settle for where you are today.  Strive to become more like Him.  Strive to be the difference.  God wants you to choose life.  He wants your life to shine so others will see Him and will want Him in their lives as well.  He loves you!  He wants His best for you but in order to have that you must choose life, make the best choices, and don’t just settle because “well, that’s what everyone else is reading, watching, and listening to.”  You can’t choose garbage and have the best!  It’s up to you today.  What and whom will you choose?  Put into action Joshua 24:15,  “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  The choices you make today will affect your tomorrow so I would encourage you to make the best choices so God can help you become all He created you to be.  His best is yet to come!

Quote:  “If what you believe doesn’t affect how you live, then it isn’t very important.”  ~ Dick Nogleberg