Arise, Act, and Align with God’s Presence

1 Chronicles 22:16b
Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with thee.

Three things are required of us if we are to fulfill God’s purpose for us in the ministry. First, we are to arise. To arise is to change our position from that of comfort and ease to that of preparedness and alertness. Many do not serve the Lord because they simply are not in the right position to do so! Service might cost them inconvenience or discomfort, both of which are not preferred, and thus ill-prepared for and unexpected. We are to be in position, that is, ready at all times for anything that comes our way so as to minimize the chances of becoming blind-sided by our enemy. One who does his job well is one who is in the right position to do so. So it is with the servant of God; if we are to serve well, then we must rise to the occasion, having our feet shod with the preparation of peace! Change your position, and you’ll change your direction! Change your direction, and you’ll change your destiny!

Then, once you’ve changed your position, then you must go and do! Do what, you say? Do whatever! That is, whatever the Lord would have you do. My emphasis is not on what we should be doing, as much as it is the fact that we should be doing! I cannot tell you what you need to do, and neither can you tell me what I need to be doing, but we should both be doing the will of God for each of our lives! I understand there are seasons of rest, but I assure you that there are more who are guilty of getting too much rest, than those who do not rest enough! You start with what you have, and the Lord will enable you to make much of Jesus with what little you have!

Finally, once you change your position and your activity, then last but not least, allow Jesus to influence your every move! “The Lord be with thee.” Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. It is imperative that we ensure the Lord’s welcome in our everyday lives if we are to be biblically successful! This means we must be sensitive to His plan, and obedient to His Word! When we obey Him, not doing our own will or pleasure, then and only then do we realize just how fulfilling God intended for our lives to be! The pleasures of sin are no match for the perfect will of God! Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be with thee.

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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