Rise

Have you ever been knocked down?  Has the world ever landed a body blow on you that took you off of your feet?

Perhaps you lost a loved one that was particular close and important to you.  Perhaps a marriage fell apart.  Perhaps you suffered a terrible illness or a prolonged period of joblessness.  Perhaps you have felt persecuted because of your faith.  Perhaps you have felt disheartened by the path that the world seems to be taking.

What keeps us from just giving up?  Why do we not just surrender?  Turn the other cheek?

Hope.  Duty.  Faith.  Love.

Hope for the future.

Duty to our country and family.

Faith in His faithfulness and the promise that the future holds.

Love of Others, even our enemies.

David prayed that God would reduce his enemies that surrounded him and the Psalms are filled with examples where he prays that justice is done.  Christ commands us to pray for our enemies though.

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Matthew 5:44

Why should we do that?  Our God possesses perfect Justice and He seeks that all may come to know Him.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.

1 Timothy 2:1-6

It is your steadfast defiance to naked force, that which can only destroy the body, that allows you to become more powerful than anything or anyone that attacks you.  The simple fact that you get back up after being knocked down is an act of faith.  Faith that you won’t be held down.

The next time you take a shot from the world, whatever it might be, don’t grumble and curse it. Pray for it.  Pray that you might shine the light of Truth as you rise up again and again.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.

Psalm 20:7-8

Though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

Proverbs 24:16

Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be my light.

Micah 7:8

Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.

When the world challenges and destroys?  Will you go quietly like a lamb or will you take on the mantle of a lion?  Rise.  Rise again.  And Again. And Again… until those that choose to be lambs and go silently along with injustice, with hate, and with evil see you relentlessly rising over and over again to meet the challenges of the world.

If you want to change the world and restore the soul of your nation you need to take the first step in faith.  Rise up, bear your cross with honor, and roar with your battle cry.  The world will do it’s best to knock you down to discourage you, to break your will, to break your faith, to ultimately, if necessary, break you.  They will land blows.  What do you intend to do?

Rise.

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