Arise and Go
"Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel." Joshua 1:2
We have experienced many challenges throughout our lives. Sometimes we allow them to enslave us to a point that we don't enjoy the full Christian life God has for us. It is tradition in our society to make resolutions at the beginning of a new year. God's Word doesn't mention making resolutions, but it does urge us to examine our lives regularly and seek God's help.
'Arise and go' is a powerful, activation order from the Lord. Arise is a call to take a step of faith to activate the Holy Spirit to release the provision of God's Word on our behalf. God is saying to believers in Christ, "Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not here, but NOW, arise and take action." When God said, "Moses is dead", He was declaring to Joshua to leave the past behind, disconnect from the past attachments and go to the new place of great victory and conquest. Arise is an essential part of letting go of past attachments. Arise and go is to stop over thinking, questioning and discussing past hurts, disappointments, illnesses or unfulfilled dreams. Arise and go causes the 'how to' and the provision to appear.
The power to disconnect from the past is found in II Corinthians 5:17. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." When Paul said, "...old things", he was speaking in an aorist-tense which means 'already done', There is a supernatural, decisive break with the old life when we recognize Christ as Savior. It is then we have the power to declare, "I break with all attachments to my past. I will not allow the past to dictate my future. I release the energy of past hurts, wounds, regrets, worries, anger, bitterness, blame and any need for revenge. I forgive everything and everyone (including myself) and I accept Your forgiveness, Lord, for allowing these things to control me. I rename everything in my past to the good (Romans 8:28). I now release You, Holy Spirit, to be my provider and director of my life. It no longer matters what they did or didn't do. I remember only my victories. God is my source for all things. I am in Christ and Christ in me. I am a new creation and all things are new!"
'Arise' is the waking up state of the mind. This is a time when we hear what God is saying and ask, "What will You give me?" (Genesis 15:2). The Lord said to Abram, "Fear not Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." Genesis 15:1. When we awaken to the provisions of Jesus Christ, it is natural to say, "What about me?" This is something we live by, but don't want to admit; it sounds self-centered in the religious world. We are designed by God to experience His benefits. Everything we do relates back to self.
"Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city... Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down..." Isaiah 52:1-2. Arise and sit down is a revelation of Jesus Christ and how faith works; it is to wake up from earthly thinking and to accept our God given authority. As we study, think, speak and act on God's Word, we discover the confidence and authority given to us as believers in Jesus.
Are you a slave to your past? Do you feel bound by some bad things you have done or what someone else has done to you? Do you tend to think that because you have been like 'that' in the past, you can never be otherwise so you don't even try to move forward? This kind of thinking is destructive. How long are you going to mourn and hang on to your past (I Samuel 16:1)? We are to forget the past and look forward to the future (Philippians 3:13). We all have a past, but thank God He specializes in new beginnings through His Son, Jesus Christ.
1. Stop asking God to do what He has already promised. He has already finished our provisions and they are available now. Receive them with thanksgiving.
2. Say so! "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so..." Psalm 107:2. We begin to understand, through revelation, that every need is already met and the potential of every desire fulfilled. As a result, many of our prayers shift to saying it to be so as opposed to asking for what already has been given. This gives us a sense of power which God meant for us to have.
3. Say so every day! Lord Jesus Christ, You in me by the Holy Spirit, are my miracle of supernatural peace that cannot be shaken, my supernatural power to choose a joy and peace attitude, my supernatural plenty to know I have sufficiency for all things and my supernatural purpose to give expression of the fountain of youth. In Jesus Christ's name. Amen.
2017 is the year for empowerment and majesty!