Will you rise?

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54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. (Luke 8:54-55)

Jesus healed a woman with an issue of bleeding. A twelve year problem is solved with one touch of Jesus’ robe. The story is one of incredible faith. However, before the woman with the issue of bleeding arrived, Jesus had been approached by Jairus, a leader in the synagogue.

41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying. (Luke 8:41-42).

In the midst of healing the woman with the issue of bleeding, a messenger arrived to report Jairus’ daughter has died. Hope slipped through Jairus’ fingers. Then, hope is returned.

50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

Jesus entered the house and is laughed at when he states the girl is merely sleeping. They laugh, but Jesus speaks.

54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. (Luke 8:54-55)

 

How do we respond?

I have read this passage multiple times, always focusing on the woman with the issue of bleeding, or Jairus. Lately, I have been thinking about the twelve year old daughter. When Jesus says, “get up,” she obeys. As Jesus tells her to rise, she does not continue to lay around or stay in bed. She moves. She rises.

As I have pondered this short exchange, I have found myself questioning how quick I am to rise. Do I “get up” at His command, or do I question if I heard Him correctly? Do I take action or call together a prayer committee to make sure I heard Him correctly? Do I trust Him, or do I doubt? Do I believe what He has said, or remain frozen in place?

When God revealed to me I was to write a book, I kicked around the idea for months. When God said, “rise, and write,” I made excuses. I found distractions. When God said, “rise, and speak,” I doubted the message He had given me to share. I fumbled. My response tends to be, “Are you sure about this? You want me?” My only response should be to stand up at once and go where He leads.

I want to be a woman who rises.

How do we become people who rise?

Be rooted in Scripture. Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my hear that I might not sin against you.” When we know Scripture, we can easily discern if what we are hearing is from Him. Our actions will align with Scripture. What we are called to do will glorify Him and make Him known.

Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 states we should “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” As we grow in our relationship with Christ, through prayer, we will know we can trust Him. Our faith is increased through prayer. When we are in constant, consistent communication with our Father, we will be able to take the next best step without fear or doubt.

Remember what He has done. In Deuteronomy 27, the Israelites are commanded to build an altar of stones after crossing the Jordan into the land God had promised them. We need to build our own stones of remembrance. We would be wise to remind ourselves what God has done for us in the past. When has He come through for you? When has He shown up? How has He made Himself known in your life? Write these down, and remember them. In remembering what God has done in the past, we will be able to trust Him in the present.

Where is God calling you? How is God asking you to get up? Are you obeying and trusting Him, or are you struggling with doubt? I encourage you, rise. God has a plan and a purpose for you. Allow Him to breathe life into you, your dreams, and your passions, and then rise.

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Michelle Discavage

Michelle believes in living passionately, loving deeply and laughing often. She draws encouragement from Psalm 46:10 which says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Michelle lives in Texas with her husband and their daughter, where she is a certified life purpose coach. With a wide smile, a gift of mercy, and a love for writing, Michelle looks for the hand of God in every moment. Her site, “Sparked Living," can be found at www.SparkedLiving.net

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