You’re not crazy and you’re not alone. We ALL get stuck and probably are stuck in some area of our life. Leaders, celebrities, church ladies, and spiritual babies have something in common. We find ourselves plopping down and settling for less than God’s best, more often than we’d like to admit.
When God say's "arise" he simply means, "to stand, become powerful or arrive on the scene". We don’t have to wonder if it’s God’s will or the right time. The moment you hear God saying “arise”, it’s time. It’s the grace of God to realize that you’ve settled for less for too long. And it’s the grace of God that will get us unstuck.
Sometimes we've “settled for less" in multiple areas of our life, but most often there is one thing that is the primary source of many complications. If we could just break free from that one thing…we might be able to take a run at our dreams. And you know exactly what that one thing is…we all do.
But here’s a heads up–a big warning. We’re not playing games here. This is high stakes spiritual living. Don’t ignore God's voice. Don’t blow him off without hearing him out and walking it out. Sitting down in compromise is always costly. It cost Israel forty years and hundreds of thousands of lives. God looks back to then and speaks to you right now; "As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15)”.
There is too much at stake to settle for less than God’s best another day. Get up! I mean physically. Stand up and tell God (aloud) that you hear him and you’re not settling for less another day. Repeat it several times and with increasing volume. Put some punch behind it until you're on the edge of ridiculous. Repeat as often as necessary, and then add one more for good measure. It’s time to get up.