ARISE, TAKE UP YOUR BED AND GOMar 01, 2022 2022-02-28 21:27
ARISE, TAKE UP YOUR BED AND GO
ARISE, TAKE UP YOUR BED AND GO
Read: Luke 5:17-26
“He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” (Luke 5:24)
‘Arise’ is an action word. It connotes a getting up or a shifting from an original position and naturally, effort will be required. The paralytic in today’s passage arose immediately he heard Jesus’ command. He could have hesitated in doubt or tried to analyse the “practical reality” of his situation. After all, he had been bedridden for a while and the joints of his limbs may have gone stiff. Instead, he chose the path of faith and action by an immediate response to the Master’s command. Note that Jesus instructed the paralytic to take up his bed, rather than leave it behind. His bed was what he had been lying on for years. It was that on which he had remained motionless for a while; that on which he had been bound all the time.
In 2 Kings 7:3-8, four leprous men sitting at the entrance of the gate of Samaria contemplated their options; go into the city and surrender to the Syrians or remain seated outside the gate and die of starvation. They chose the path of action and went into the city with their leprosy. To their utmost surprise, the city was empty. God had caused the Syrians to hear the noise of a great army and they had fled in haste leaving their supplies behind. By acting, despite their condition, the lepers had their needs met and served as contact points for God’s provision to an entire nation.
It’s the beginning of a new month, where do you need to rise to? What act of faith do you need to take? And what is the bed that you need to take along? Your bed may be the fears, doubts, failure, lack, sickness, condemnation and lies of the enemy. There are times when you will need to rise in faith in that condition where you are, instead of waiting for God to remove it first. Just arise and go in that condition, limping all the way even if you must. The key to receiving your miracle lies in stepping out and acting. You may also be a contact point for someone else’s miracle and God may be waiting for you to take that bold step. Perhaps, you tried in the past but got discouraged by the challenges you encountered. Let the word of God come alive in your heart right now and cause you to take a step of faith to move out of that situation. God will not stir up your spirit unless He has already gone ahead to make provisions for you.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?
He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.
Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:
Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.
If you prayed this prayer, send me an email at email@example.com. I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my book; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your new life in Christ.
I look forward to hearing from you.