"And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid."(Matthew 17:7)

"Arise"   In this verse the word "Arise" means to get up again, to wake out of sleep or to rise above the ruins that you are in at the moment. We often find ourselves in the "ruins of life", seasons of life that seem to just be an existence without end.  Jesus says that we should arise, get up, dust off and move on to the future that He has for us.  Isaiah, the Prophet, challenges us to do the same thing, in spite of whatever set of circumstances we find ourselves in at the moment.   "Arise,  shine;  for thy light is come,  and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee."(Isaiah 60:1)  Speaking of "At the Moment" it is imperative that you know that you have a tomorrow. You cannot allow your present state of affairs to dictate how you feel about your entire life.  Please notice that as soon as Jesus tells them to "Arise", He then immediately says, "Be not Afraid". You cannot break free of the "Moment" unless you are fearless. God has not given us a spirit of fear, fear is from satan.  We must rise above the fear that grips us at the moment. The moments change every 60 seconds. God fixed time so it would keep moving, even if we stopped along the way. Sometimes we may think the world stands still but it really doesn't because God uses time to make us aware that we must move on past the moment that has us held captive. It has us held captive because we keep replaying the failure or challenge of a moment in time in our past. Our past was just a rehearsal for our future! Failure is just a rehearsal for our future success, failure to a warrior is just another reason to keep fighting.  We must obey the words of Jesus, rise up, fear not and look past the moment. If we do not obey, we are stuck in one moment in time somewhere behind us, held captive by the outcome of a bad choice. We, the people of God, must rise up above the fear that is in the world and be what God intended of us to be rather than be held captive by fear. Look to the Promises of God to enable you to fulfill your dreams and destiny. Stop allowing the guilt, condemnation and fear of failure to hold you captive, like a prisoner of war.

Scott L. Boatner

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