December 4, 2021
Over the past year, we have laid out the case for you to rise and shine. Now we have reached the moment of truth, the moment of decision, the moment we choose once and for all, will we stay in the comfort of our spiritual beds, or will we rise and shine?
I have laid out a path that I believe God is calling His men to in this day and age. It's a path to shine bright to a dark world, a journey to be different, stand for the truth of the Bible, and not waver. I believe it is the only path for a man of God, and I hope you have caught the message of this book and genuinely decide to rise and shine. But do you know what the cost of this may be?
I know the emotional response inside of us all is to yell out, “I will rise! I will shine bright to the world!”. But emotional responses are just that, emotions. We need to go beyond emotions and make an informed decision.
When you rise and shine for God, His ways, and His principles, many people are not going to like you. To honestly do it, you will need to stand against the culture of the world. You will have to stand against people telling you that you are a racist, a homophobe, or a radical extremist. You won’t be able to take part in the virtue signaling on social media for causes that are not in line with God's Word. You could have people lie about you. It will not be easy.
You must make a decision. But let me tell you this. I believe in you. I believe that you have what it takes. I believe that you have the strength and power to kick back the covers, rise, to shove complacency, fear, and any other thing keeping you stuck under the covers. I believe you have what it takes to rise and shine, to be the beacon of God's light to a lost and dying world.
What will you choose?
My hope is you choose to rise and shine. Stop burning daylight! Answer God’s challenge and rise and shine brightly!
Memory Verse: “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
(Joshua 24:14-15, NIV)
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