Saturday, March 28, 2009

Rise Up!

Daughters of Zion – Rise up!! Awaken from your slumber. Your Prince has not forgotten you. Your promises to Him are not void – but alive! They beat within His heart.

Sometimes we can be carried away by the passion of a service and freely promise anything that is suggested. “Oh yes, Lord, pick me! I will do whatever You ask.” You can be truly sincere as the words leave your lips – BUT have they rooted in your heart? Did you really mean what you just said?

God takes His Words very seriously. He never speaks without purpose, or promises what He cannot keep. Shouldn’t we be the same? Especially in our commitments to Him?

You can say, “Sure. I will do this or that,” but then be distracted by something more interesting and cancel your commitment. There could be an urgent situation arise that takes a higher priority over your casual agreement, but more times than you may want to admit, you give your consent to things way too quickly, without thinking before you agree. Then it is hard to reverse it to say “no” so you make up an excuse, or even try to justify why it is OK to break your word.

God takes your “yes” seriously. In the Parable of the Two Sons (Matthew 21:28-31) One son said yes but didn’t do it and the other son said no but changed his mind and did it after all. Jesus commended the obedient son.

Your word should be as a promise – a commitment to fulfill what you have spoken. Think about this: If you were held to every word spoken – could you do it? Would you then think more carefully before you gave an answer, or made a commitment?

We live in such an impatient society. WAIT is a four letter word!! “How long is that line up?” “Why is this traffic light so long?” You want the parking space closest to the door – walking those five extra spaces just won’t do, and yet, how much longer does it really take for you to walk it?

You give promises to God, but if you don’t see any results today, or next week, will you persevere to see it through? You ask, “Why is it talking so long?” I ask you, “How long is too long?” Can you stay focused on the task at hand long enough to fulfill it?

In the Parable of the foolish virgins, The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. When He did arrive, they weren’t prepared to go out and meet Him. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. (Matthew 25:5,13) Jesus is coming back. He has promised that He would, and He keeps His word. Are you sleeping or watching?

Isaiah 40:29-31 tells us, He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Do not grow weary – persevere! Wait on the Lord and renew your strength in HIM. Stay on the path. Remember His promises to you, but also remember YOUR promises to Him. Have you left something unfinished? Have you fulfilled your commitments made in those times of intimacy with Him?

Yes, He sees your heart. Do you see His heart? We are His Bride and He loves us. Don’t break His heart with broken promises.

Rise up! He is coming. Are you ready to ride with Him?

Selah Y


Rhonda said...

That's good preaching Cheryl!!

Jen said...

SO very thought provoking Cheryl...I have always been very particular what I promise to my children, so as not to go back on my word, intentionally or otherwise, I am searching my heart to see if I have been as careful with God...great post!

Kathy Butryn said...

Cheryl, thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving your wise words. I so enjoy visiting your blog...I am always encouraged and my heart ministered to. You leave me with many things to ponder. Thank you for listening to Him...and sharing with us!


Horse Dreamer said...

That is very good Cheryl!! Wow you can speak it and I loved the picture you put with it!!!

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