Arise and shine for the light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.  Isaiah 60:1

Prepare by RestingToday, we want to share a devotion we received and hope it will give you encouragement.  It is time to Rise Up!  It is time to set aside fear!  It is time to move forward with boldness and courage!

Times are very tough, and fear is impacting in a lot of lives.  We are beginning to see the challenging times that we have been preparing for.  God hasn’t just prepared us to store food so we can eat during a global food shortage.  We have been called for a purpose.  We are to be overcomers, untouched by recession and all that we read or hear in the news.  God holds our future and we are safe and secure in the palm of His hand.

It is time to step-it-up-a-notch and move to a higher place and take a higher position.  When a solider has been hurt and wounded in battle, he may be slumped over and walk with a limp.  However, after a time of rest and recovery, he can walk straight and stand up tall.  The Lord is calling us to rise up and stand tall.

We are living in challenging times and what used to work, doesn’t work anymore.  For instance, there was a time you could put ten dollars worth of gas in your car and drive all day.  Those days are over and so is casual Christianity. You can’t go very far on ten dollars; it takes $80 to fill my tank and it takes more to fill my spirit.  A ten minute prayer time or a ten minute time in the Word will not work.

I believe we are living in a time when we must know God and His Word like never before.  You must know who you are and realize the authority God has given you as His child.  You are a citizen of the Kingdom, a joint heir with Jesus Christ, and therefore you should be living by a higher standard.  The kingdom of God is at hand.   He has put His Word in our heart and He expects us to use His Word to speak life into dead things, and hope into hopeless people.  This is a time to arise and shine for the light has come.

Encourage those who have fear.  Share the Good News of a loving God who has offered His Grace and Mercy, and will never leave us or forsake us!