ARISE, TAKE UP YOUR BED AND GO

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In HIS Presence

ARISE, TAKE UP YOUR BED AND GO

Read: LUKE 5:17-26

Meditation verse:

“…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 may have 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 Jesus’ command.

You may feel stuck and unfulfilled in a particular area of your life today; maybe you need a job, or you desire to start a business, or your marriage feels dull and lifeless, or your health is failing because you are overweight. Chances are the Holy Spirit is prompting you to do something about your condition. How will you respond? Will you rise in faith to do the needful or will you sit back in doubt? The key to receiving your miracle lies in stepping out and acting. God will not stirrup your spirit unless He has gone ahead to make provision for you. Perhaps, you tried in the past to get out of that hopeless situation but got discouraged by the challenges you encountered. Let the word of God come alive in your heart again and inspire you to arise.

Jesus instructed the paralytic to take up his bed. His bed was what he had been lying on in his condition. It was that on which he had remained motionless and bound. Your own bed may be fear, doubts, failure, sickness, lack or sin. Just arise and go in that condition and God will honour your faith. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). “Winning starts with beginning” (Robert H Schuller). Do not enter a new month in that condition. Arise, and take a step of faith.

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