Before Joshua could go over the river and engage in the fight of his life for the dream of his dreams, he had to get up. When God called out for him to “arise” this was the first and most critical move Joshua had to make. It was time for Joshua to move. He never wanted to settle for less than God’s best and now was the time for him to get up.
Now it’s your turn. And of this you can be certain, no one is more passionate to see you go after God’s best, than God himself. That God-given vision to engage in something that is both beyond you but absolutely compels you – get up and see it again. That wind of God’s Spirit that it moving you toward you’re ultimate calling – get up and feel it. That big dream that God gave you and you’ve maybe never told a soul – get up and never again settle for less than God’s best.
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.
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.
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