VOTD – Get Up, Stand Up…

"For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."

Galatians 5:1 (NRSV)

Prodigal Thoughts: I will be honest. When this verse came up, I was super stoked since this is one of my top 10 faves. Throughout God’s word, there are numerous accounts where God does something that promotes, even urges some sort of action on our part. God freely gives us the freedom to choose to be His children or to belong to the world. We can’t have it both ways. But honestly, who would want to be chained back up to your life before you met Jesus. I would really like to say that no one would want to go back to their old lives, but it happens a lot. The old way is familiar and comfortable. A worldly life can certainly be more gratifying to our senses. With that said, what do you get from the world? Nothing more than heartache and hope lost. As the photo shows, we have to "Fight today for a better tomorrow." We need to stand firm on the faith and hope that God has given to us, His children. Just keep in mind that we aren’t just fighting for ourselves. No! We are fighting the good fight for our children and the generations to come. Standing firm against sin, especially sin that seems to flow from generation to generation can end with us. Our children and grandchildren don’t have to live through the things we have lived through. It isn’t too late. So, what is your plan? Are you going to "Get Up, Stand Up" (as a Bob Marley song says), or are you going to let the freedom that Christ ushered in through His work on the cross and resurrection just pass by?

Prayer for today: Father, today I pray for my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith. I pray that we would lean on You for our strength to stand firm against the wiles of this world and that we would speak boldly the gospel of Jesus Christ! May You give us the words to speak and the wisdom on how to love the world as we draw closer to You? Please stir up the Holy Spirit within us and guide us along our journey towards Christlikeness. May you be glorified in all that we do. We love you, Daddy. Amen.

Need prayer? You can reply here or you can send me a facebook message through the Prodigal Thinker page. If this encourages you, feel free to share it. Feel free to reply with feedback as well. I’m always open to discussion.

God’s grace on you…

Photo credit: Markus Spiske

Author: Michael C

Follower of Jesus Christ. Husband of one woman. Father of four. Worshipper. God has been continually molding me into a worship leader over the last 21 years. I am on a musical journey with my family to become more like Christ. Join in!

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