Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Is. 60:1-2
As I study the scripture, one question that rises to the forefront of my mind is whether I really believe the scripture. If I do believe it, then do I live it as if I believe it. Do I live out the truths like, love your neighbor as yourself, as much as it depends on you be at peace with all men, do not fear for I am with you. These truths all come from God’s word. If I believe them then I will live them each day that I have breath. Likewise, if I don't live out God's truth, then maybe I don't truly believe.
This week I sat in a group and felt in my soul that I was to speak up, asking women to rise up. It was strange... I had this conversation going on in my head with the Holy Spirit like... Who me? What would I say? Sadly, I failed. I didn’t step up to God’s request. The rest of the day I felt sick and very sad. Even though I experienced so much growth and forward movement in my spiritual journey, yet it felt like I had just taken 100 steps back. If I really believe God is with me and that I am empowered with the Holy Spirit then I should have stood to my feet. That day I again asked God to forgive me for not trusting Him and His word.
Oh friends, God has chosen you. He is faithful. He will not leave you out on your own. Getting out of the boat and walking on the water doesn’t mean you won’t be afraid. However, if we keep our eyes on the Lord He will give us the courage to face our fears head on and walk. Let us keep our hearts fixed on the Savior. Let’s serve Him with joy and conviction that His word is the truth.
If you need to be reconciled with someone, get it done. If you need to meet your neighbors to share the love of Christ, do it now. If you need to be set free of an addiction, seek the help of the Spirit and the community of believers. If God is asking you to serve outside your comfort zone, what are you waiting on. God will give you all you need to fulfill all that He asks. Whatever it is that God is asking, do it. Rise up and just do it.