What does it mean to Rise Up?

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The Nehemiah Project


(Blog by Katie Kinnaird)

There are many times we become aware that something needs to change in our lives.  We start to sense that God wants to do something different in us.  But then somewhere between our realization that change is needed and the actual effort it takes to make the change, we fall away.

We are lazy people. And we cling to our life the way it is, even if it’s so-so, because we don’t want to do the plowing, uprooting work it takes to start over.

There are always two choices in front of every single one of us.  The choice to IGNORE our complacency, sin and apathy, or the choice to SUBMIT to God and take ACTION to obey Him.

Choosing to ignore our sin may seem like the path of least resistance, and it is.  At first.  But sin leads to death every time.  God will allow us to continue down whatever path we are on, because He created us as beings with free will, and He honors our right to choose.  If what you desire is to remain the same, He will let you do that.  But He also loves us so deeply that He offers us a fork in the road; moments of clarity when we realize that He has work to do in our lives if only we will choose to yield to Him.  When we have those moments of clarity, we are at a crossroads.  Will we choose to continue down the path we have been on?  The path that is familiar, comfortable, and allows us to continue doing what WE want?  Or will we choose to go down the unfamiliar path that God is beckoning us towards; the path where every step is a submission to HIS will; steps that require deep faith and humility.  This is the path where real blessing and joy are truly found, the life we were designed for!

God is offering us a fork in the road.  Before us are two choices.  We can each choose to stay on our own path, setting up our life as we want it, putting ourselves on the throne.  Or we can humble ourselves before God and pray the prayer that the world finds foolish… “Here I am, Lord.  My life is yours.”  What will you choose?  Will you try to keep your life for yourself, or will you give it up to the One who created the whole world with His words, the One who designed you for the abundant life?

“Then he said to the crowd, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.’ ”  Luke 9:23-24

To read more about the Nehemiah Project, click HERE.

On September 18th Pastor Jerry Ingalls will be preaching on Nehemiah 2: Rise Up!

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