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ARISE AND SERVE

What do you think of when you hear the word arise? Personally, I think of you—the noble people of the Church. I picture you diligently arising from your beds each morning for early-morning devotion. I see you faithfully arising from your knees after finishing your daily prayers. 

One of the greatest ways we can arise and shine forth the glory of God is not only to have morning devotion with God but also to confidently obey the commandments of God.

We learn of these commandments in the scriptures, you were created to serve God- the Bible says, in Eph. 2:10b. God has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do (Col. 3: 23-4; Matt. 25: 34).  You were saved to serve God, the Bible says. “It is He who saved us and chose us for His holy work, not because we deserved it but because that was His plan” (2 Tim. 1:9). God redeemed you so you could do His “holy work.” You are not saved by service, but you are saved for service. In God’s Kingdom you have a place, a purpose, a role, and a function to fulfil. This gives your life great significance and value

You are called to serve God. Growing up, you may have thought that being “called” by God was something only for missionaries, pastors, nuns, and other “full-time” church workers experienced, but the Bible says every Christian is called to service (Eph. 4:14; Rom. 1:6-7; 8:28-30; 1 Cor. 1:2,9,26; 7:17; Phil 3:14; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 1:3).

Your call to salvation included your call to service. They are the same. Regardless of your job or career, you are called to full-time Christian service. A “non-serving Christian” is a contradiction in terms.

Serving is the opposite of our natural inclination. Most of the time we are more interested in “serve us” than service. We say, “I’m looking for a church that meets my needs and blesses me,” not “I’m looking for a place to serve and be a blessing.” The mature follower of Jesus stops asking, “Who is going to meet my needs?” and starts asking, “Whose needs can I meet”

Mother Theresa said, “Holy living consists in doing God’s work with a smile.” What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it. Not how long you lived, but how you lived. If you are not involved in any service or ministry, what excuse have you been using? But God used each of them (Heroes of Faith) in His service. He will use you, too, if you stop making excuses.”

“THE LORD HAS MADE EVERYTHING FOR ITS PURPOSE” (Prov. 16:4)

Everything you do in the house of God counts over your destiny. In Acts 10:4 “and when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, what is it, Lord? And he said to him, your prayers and your alms are come up for a memorial before God. 

 

“ALMS” means your Kingdom service. When something happens and you call unto him he remembers your sacrifice for his Kingdom.

Therefore, arise and let your service unto God be a Memorial.

OPEN MY EYES TO SEE NEW THINGS

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from your law.” (Psalm 119:18)

There are three things that we learn from this verse:

· One is that there are wonderful things planned to be realised in our life but we have been blinded by our natural situations that we can’t see the level of productivity and manifestation that God has planned to release into our lives. The truth about this is; leave where you are because God isn’t waiting he has moved on. Stop wallowing in your failure and loss but rather study from God’s word to know what he says about you. There are wonderful things in God’s teaching to and for you. In fact, they are so wonderful that when you really see them, they change you profoundly and empower holiness and love filled with Grace to accomplish new things (2 Corinthians 3:18).

 

· The second thing we learn from this verse is that no one can see these wonderful things for what they really are without God’s supernatural help. If God does not open our eyes, we will not see the wonders he is doing and about doing in our lives. We are not naturally able to see spiritual beauty.

 

· Which leads to the third thing we learn from this verse, namely, that we must pray to God for supernatural illumination? Open my eyes that I may behold” Since we are helpless in ourselves to see spiritual the wonders of God we should ask him for it. “Open my eyes.”

I would also love to refer you to the Paul’s prayers “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.          (Eph. 1:17-18)

Therefore Paul tells us from the “law” which we behold wondrous things from that there are inheritances in us as sons of God. These inheritances are the riches of his glory which are in Christ. Furthermore in chapter Eph. 3:16, “That he would grant unto you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.” and in Philip. 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need, according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” These riches of glory are unconceivable riches. It’s more than you can imagine.

 In other words, to get in touch with these riches you must study the Word to know what is truly yours in Christ and also with Prayers for Opening of Eyes so as to not be in the midst of plenty and yet be struggling.

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