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Rise Up and Walk!
by Matthew Bostock

2Timothy 3:16-17) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Colossians 1:9-14)  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might
be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all
pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to
his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet
to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated
us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

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Acts 3:1-9

Act 3:6)  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
rise up and walk.

He did not tell him to remain where he was, he told him to remove himself from where he was and stand and go. To rise up in strength, to rise
in faith, to rest all strength upon Christ, and to shed his weakness through faith.

2Corinthians 12:9) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most
gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Our infirmities keep us down, our weaknesses and failings only weaken us and fail us when we dwell upon them. Like in Pilgrim's Progress,
the Slough of Despond only overcame him when he strayed from the guiding light, but the hand of Help pulled him out. These things in our
lives that continually war against our desire to serve Christ only win when we put our attention on them. But Scripture says -

1Timothy 4:15-16)  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed
unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Continue in them, meditate upon them, give yourself wholly to them to save yourself. To save yourself from what? This world and the
temptations of it, our own sinful flesh and its lusts, and the enemy that constantly roars about us.

What are these things that we are to look upon?

1Timothy 4:13)  Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Reading the Word of God, exhorting the Word of God, of the doctrines and commandments of Christ. We are to meditate on the Word of God
continually, always speaking and teaching the doctrines of Christ, for they are life. Doing so will save us from ourselves, showing us the right
ways, it will salt our words with grace, our thoughts will be subject to the Word of God, and our actions will show the power and love of
Christ. Rising up in the strength of Christ, not dwelling on our own strength, our own words, our own thoughts. 

2John 1:9)  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of
Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

Not having the power of God as our strength leaves us open to weakness and temptation, it will be our downfall. The enemy waits and lurks,
ready to pounce in and take advantage of our faltering, and will then draw us away from the blessing of God. Pray without ceasing, praise
without ceasing, speak the Word of God in power and fearlessness, and in this we can rise up, strengthen the weak joints, and we can go in
confidence and rejoicing.

1Peter 3:15-16)  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you
a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as
of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

We will be mocked, misunderstood, persecuted, and ignored. But this should mean nothing, ignore it, continue preaching that wonderful power
of the Gospel of Christ, for only the name of Jesus Christ can we stand and defeat the darkness that looms about.

2Corinthians 12:10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for
Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Philippians 2:9-11)  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the
name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every
tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The name of Jesus is our life and protection, because He and only He is God, our Master, our King, our Salvation. His name is above every
name, His power reigns supreme and unchallenged, His salvation is eternal, and at His very name everything must bow. We have been
charged by God to go, to speak, teach, and preach His glorious Gospel. We must rise up, we must strengthen ourselves in the Lord Jesus, we
must not be silent, we must rejoice, and we must GO.

Isaiah 62:6-7)  I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that
make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the
earth.

Psalms 98:4) Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

Acts 5:42) And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

They ceased not, they continued, they stood, and they went. Our Lord is mightier than the mighty, and He gives strength to the weak, He
gives wisdom to those in need, and in Him none shall be found wanting.

2Peter 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not
willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Exodus 14:14) The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Philippians 4:19) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

In Christ Jesus we are provided, saved, sealed, forgiven, and strengthened. In His name we pray, worship, and devote our lives. We are
servants of God, children of God, worshippers of God, and our God is the Lord Jesus Christ. No condemnation is upon us, no danger can
threaten us, no fear can overcome us, and we live and die in the protection and power of the Lord Jesus Christ. This world is only a
temporary holding, our true home is with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and this world and the enemies of God will perish, and the devil
and his angels will perish, sin will perish, fear and death will be destroyed, and all tears will be wiped away. Our hope is eternal, our God Jesus
Christ is eternal, and nothing man can do to us can remove our hope and salvation, all their wildest imaginations and sinful acts and
persecutions mean nothing to us. They can do nothing to us, as long as we stand in Him. For without Christ we have nothing, without Christ
we have no strength, no blessing, and no protection. God cannot bless or work when we don’t look to Him, forgetting Christ is forgetting our
very lives and is opening our lives to danger.

Continuing promises safety, but the reverse is also just as true. Not regarding His Word, forgetting His hand, leaving off the right ways will
bring yourself to a place where He will not bless.

1Timothy 4:16) Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself,
and them that hear thee.

1Corinthians 5:5-7)  To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of
the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the
old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

Purge out those things that draw the spirit away, remove from the life all those things that are dishonouring to God. If God cannot bless those
things that we do, think, or say, then we should not have it in our lives. Be ye holy for I am holy, be perfect, abstain from all appearance of
evil, touch not the unclean thing, give no place to the devil, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Galatians 5:17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the
other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Holding onto those things that are not honouring to God will only damage our own lives, we are holding ourselves back from our full potential
in Christ. Purging out sin and dishonorable things will bring blessing from God and will glorify God in our lives. Doing this will strengthen our
stance and will grow a stronger faith.

Isaiah 35:3-10)  Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong,
fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes
of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the
tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall
become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and
rushes. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it;
but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast
shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: And the ransomed of the LORD shall
return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and
sighing shall flee away.

Gold and silver have I none, but such as I have I give unto you, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ my God and Savior, Him I preach unto
you. Rise up, strengthen the joints, stand up in the power of Christ, purge away that which may hold you down, and go and preach the power
of the Lord Jesus Christ to any and all that will hear. Nothing can withstand, nothing can dishearten, we are charged by God to go into all the
world, preaching the power of Jesus our God, and bringing the glorious Gospel that saving grace to all the world, and in fearlessness we shall
stand preaching the Light of God to the darkness of this world.

Jesus Christ is God, Jesus Christ is our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ is our Salvation, Jesus Christ is our life and strength, so let us then go in
His name, empowered in His name, to preach His Holy Word. Always be ready to give an account of the great Hope within you.

Matthew 11:15) He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 

Let us hear then what God's Word says, what the Spirit saith, and let us listen, rise up, and go.