Matthew 9:6 Get Up And Go

“But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take up your mat and go home.” Matthew 9:6

The world often wants to know all the details on how something is to occur, before they step out into it. Unless they see it with their own eyes and understand it with their own minds, they do not believe it.

With this type of attitude, many people turn down opportunities in their lives out of fear of risk of it ‘may be wrong’. Fear and lack of faith stop a lot of people from stepping out and accomplishing something or seeing something happening.

Jesus had just forgiven a paralyzed man of his sins. Many could not believe it. So Jesus told the man to get up and to take his mat and go home.

In order to prove faith, one must step out in action with faith. Just saying that one believes does not prove anything. Those are just mere words. Action must follow faith.

God has given many promises throughout the bible. Many believers claim to believe in those promises. However, not very many will get up and go in belief in those promises. Their belief is only in the mind, because that is what a believer is ‘supposed’ to do, not because it is a part of the heart.

Getting up and going is a risk. Will God do what He said He would do or not? The believer must never forget that God will always keep His promises. All a believer must do is have faith and act upon it. He must take that risk as he steps out in faith with what God has told him to do.

As a believer, there will be things God has told you directly to you and promises you read in His Word. Either way that you hear of these promises, you have a choice of whether to believe them or not.

If you believe in God’s promises, you must then act upon them. This means that you will get up and go out, knowing that God will do what He promised as you do what He tells you to do.

The promises are in forgiveness, direction, healing, provision, protection and any other area in life. Are you getting up and going? Or are you shrinking in fear?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s promises to you; that you will understand God’s authority; and that you will get up and go as God commands you.

Micah 3:8 Revealing Sin

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But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. Micah 3:8 

Revealing something that is wrong often takes some bravery and strength. In today’s society there have been some whistle-blowers who have done that with different businesses and government officials. When it occurs, the whistle-blower often gets ridiculed and ostracized by many others. Their life is often in danger.

No one likes to be shown that they are wrong and will often retaliate in anger, rather than hear and change. It is humiliating to be proven wrong.

Micah stated that he was filled with God Spirit and power to be able to talk about what sins Israel had been doing. He was filled with justice to stand for God’s standard of living.

When sin is pointed out in a person, many people immediately tell the others that they should not judge the person. They take offense to the truth about their lives.

As this occurs, many believers are quiet about sin in the lives of others. They do not want to offend anyone or make them mad. They allow others to live in sin, even those who claim to believe in God.

This is not showing God’s love, nor His character. God reveals sin so that it can be dealt with. Without knowing that a person has sin in his life, he has no reason to believe in and follow Jesus. All that Jesus did becomes worthless to him. It is only because of sin that anyone needs Jesus.

Believers must be willing to reveal sin in others. However, this must be done not only boldly, but also in love and compassion with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is to be done with the purpose of restoring a person, not to tear them down and destroy them.

As a believer you must be willing to hear others when they point out sins in your life. Be willing to change and live more for God in every area of your life.

And as you are open to criticism in your own life, be open to the Spirit’s leading to reveal what is wrong in the lives of others. Share it with a loving and caring heart, striving to restore a person. Be careful not to crush or destroy others as you point them to God and His ways of living.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has for you; that you will pass the forgiveness of Jesus on to others; that God will reveal areas of your life that need to change; and that you will have God’s love and Spirit in leading others to Him. 

Isaiah 59:1-2 Keeping God From Hearing You

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Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:1-2 

When people talk, some will listen and some will not. Those who do not listen, don’t for various reasons. Sometimes they will not listen, because what is being said has nothing to do with them and they have no interest in the information. Others don’t listen because all they hear are lies coming from the person and don’t want to hear lies.

It is common for some people to be ignored because all that is being said is false. Their word cannot be trusted.

Isaiah points out that God is big enough to hear and save everyone. Yet, God is unable to save some because of their sin. Sin is hiding His face from them to keep Him from hearing the person.

Many believers will cry out to God for help or guidance and will hear nothing in return. God appears to be silent and refusing to answer and they wonder why.

As they are crying out to God, they are also living in willful sin. They continue to sin on purpose, with no mind to change. In doing so, they are trampling on what Jesus has done for them and rejecting God, even while claiming to follow Him.

Sin blocks people from God. He cannot be around sin. The first thing a believer must do is be willing to repent of the sin and change. Jesus offers that forgives and removal of all sin.

Once the sin is removed, God can begin to hear the believer’s prayers and calls. His ear is listening for the broken heart that is repenting of sin. Once that is heard, God can move forward.

You may have times when God appears to be silent with you. He does not want to answer you. One of the reasons this may be is for unforgiven sin in your life.

Examine your life and see if you are allowing sin to reign in some area of your life. Be willing to go to Jesus and seek forgiveness. He is willing and ready to forgive you of your sins and remove them. Once your life is clean again before God, He is able to hear your prayers.

I pray today that you will seek the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will repent of all sins; that you will seek to live for God in every area of your life; and that God will be able to hear all of your prayers.