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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 31: Arise


HE saw her. She was still.

No movement.

No breath.

As those around her were filled with grief.

And then HE spoke

"The child is not dead, but asleep" *

And as they heard these words that did not match what they saw~

"they laughed at HIM scornfully"*

Oh but that didn't stop JESUS~

"But HE sent them out and took the father and mother of the child

and those who were with HIM into the room where she was.

Then, taking her by the hand, HE said to her,

'Talitha koumi,' which means, 'LITTLE GIRL ARISE'."*

And then it happened,

because when JESUS speaks HE happens~

"To the astonishment of all, the little girl (who was twelve years of age)

got up at once and walked about" (Mark 5: 39-42).

So who has the last LAUGH?

You & me & everyone else,

because when JESUS reaches out HIS hand

and says

ARISE LITTLE ONE

HE is talking to you & me & everyone else.

And at that moment

you just have to drop whatever else you are holding onto

because it is getting in the way of walking with

the ONE

who causes all to

WALK FREE.

Because when JESUS speaks

it is hard not to listen

because HE speaks what the heart needs to hear.

And all we have to do is respond to HIS voice.

What if the little girl refused to ARISE?

What if the paralyzed man continued to lay on his mat

when JESUS said,

“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home” (Luke 5:24).

What if Lazarus refused to ARISE when

JESUS called him from the tomb,

where he was wrapped in burial clothes for 4 days,

when JESUS said,

“Lazarus, come out!”*?

But

the little girl did & the paralyzed man did

&

Lazarus did~

"Out came the man who had been dead, his hands and feet tightly wrapped in burial cloths (linen strips), and with a [burial] cloth wrapped around his face.

JESUS said to them,

'Unwrap him and release him'."*

Isn't that what JESUS does?

RELEASES us all from what keeps us dead~

"I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, relies on) ME [as SAVIOR] will live even if he dies;

and everyone who lives and believes in ME [as SAVIOR] will never die"*

And then JESUS asks the life giving, life changing question~

"Do you believe this?”*(John 11)

And oh when the answer is YES

your burial clothes just drop to the ground

and you

ARISE to the occasion.

What is JESUS asking you to

RELEASE

that you are holding onto so tightly?

Because WHAT IF you really LET GO

to the ONE who was born to die so that you could

ARISE ?

Oh my friend

join me as we continue to journey through life

RELEASING ourselves to the ONE who

UNLEASHES us

from

UNFORGIVENESS

FAVOR

&

FEAR

because only

JESUS

takes us from where we were to where we are

to where we are going

that is beyond what our eyes can see.

FORGIVEN PAST. PEACEFUL PRESENT. FOREVER FREE.

LIVE UNLEASHED

and you will be

"WALKING FREE"

(listen to this song/video with REAL STORIES of those who have said YES to JESUS)


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