Get Up and Move

DECEMBER 16TH, 2020      |      Have you ever had a direct word from the Lord? Maybe through Scripture or the Holy Spirit, or the wise counsel of a friend? What did you do when you knew you had heard? The Wise Men did not let time pass. They got up and went the next day. After all, it was the Messiah. When you heard a word, did you jot a note in your Bible, your journal, or just file it away? 

Now, more than in any other time in history, God is moving in our midst. He is calling you to bold, fearless, faith-filled service. He is telling you one simple thing—it is time to get up. This week, ask the Lord to show you what He wants you to do. He can do all things, but He allows you to participate; there is role for you to play. Thumb through your Bible.

Are there words there you have ignored? Messages that warmed your soul but now they have cooled off and are not as pressing? How is God calling you to get up, and what is He saying you will find there? Maybe a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, a soul that needs love, kindness and defending, or an injustice? Now is the time to get up and move.

Get Up and Move

An angel of the Lord appeared to them…“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” …When the angels had left…the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem….”

–Luke 2:9,12,15 NIV

An angel of the Lord appeared to them…“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” …When the angels had left…the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem….”

–Luke 2:9,12,15 NIV

Most people enjoy eating a good hot dog (or in my case, a vegan dog). After decorating it with all your favorite toppings, you are ready to dig in. But then you take that first bite, and all that hard work putting together the perfect hot dog falls apart.

One end slides out the back, mustard drips everywhere, and some of the toppings dump onto your plate. What a hassle! But you scrape up the garnish, push the hot dog back into the center of the bun, and then open your mouth four times wider than it was made for just to eat it. And then the cycle repeats itself as you find ways to keep it from falling apart. Why do we go through this messy process? Because it’s delicious, that’s why.

You’re in ministry, writing a book, or maybe going back to school—you’re trying to achieve a goal. In the process, you may hit a road block. It’s not going quite as planned; but if you keep persevering and rearranging “the toppings,” the fruits (or relish) of your labor will develop, and the result will most certainly be divine.

Praise God for His signs and His call to you and for you.

Ask God to reveal your purpose and direction in this holy season.

Caron Rivera
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