ARISE AND SHINE

By Pastor Mrs. Anwo

To arise means to stand, that is to get up from sitting, crawling, lying, kneeling or any other position lower than standing. Shining talks about coming to light, becoming apparent, emerge, turn up, emit, cast shed and give light. ‘Arise and Shine’ connotes to move from bad to good, good to better and better to best. The woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5: 25-26 was very hopeless and helpless for twelve years. She had frequently visited physicians and spent so much money without solution for good twelve years.

She suffered from stigmatization, reproach, shame and very likely depression and dejection. According to the Hebrew culture in Lev. 15:19, a woman must not be touched by anybody because she has been tagged unclean.  Moreover, this woman does not have access to the throne of God like we have in our contemporary days. She confessed in Mark 5:28 that ‘if I may touch His cloth, I shall be whole’; thus, she created a new package for herself and in verse 29 it was recorded that ‘…and straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. To arise and shine you need confess positively and take positive steps like this woman.  Also you have to do what is expected of you and better still go the extra mile like Rebecca gave water to Abraham’s servant’s camel without knowing that someone was watching her.  You have to do the extraordinary like Esther organized prayer for the Hebrews in the bible. You can go the extra way like Ruth decided to follow the mother-in-Law not minding the situations around her. Christians need to go the extra mile to protect their homes like Abigail saved her family from David and God’s wrath.

Do something no matter how hard the situation may be. Arise out of laziness, curse, bitterness, hatred, jealousy and backbiting. Get godly ideas and get financially empowered. Go for entrepreneur trainings. Also pray and fast more. Serve God and have a well valued and balanced life. We should know that God has not saved and spared our lives to for the devil to feast on. Therefore arise and shine.

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