GET UP, GET UP, GET UP!
Someone needs to hear this right this moment, get up, just get back up. You may have fallen and maybe you just don’t want to get back up just yet, but if not now, when? You gotta get up. As hard as it is right now, get up! Maybe you have nothing at all left inside of you, maybe you have just lost someone, maybe you are experiencing heart-break, maybe ‘nothing’ has happened but you just feel like absolute crap, whatever you are experiencing right now, maybe you are just not accomplishing anything just GET UP!
I was thinking about what to write on Friday, and I was watching Netflix and this voice kept repeating really loudly “GET UP” and I was like “oh yeah, that’s interesting, not sure how I would go with that but awesome.” I tried to ignore it but the voice was just so clear that I needed to get up and give God everything inside of me, I needed to praise Him. I wasn’t having a good mental health day so I really did not want to but I did, and I started jumping and shouting, I needed to break my Jericho walls down, I started singing like crazy (I am already a bad enough singer as it is, so my neighbours were probably really worried), God was telling me to Get up and get over it. That might sound a bit harsh but I needed to stop moping around and stop caring what other people think and give God all the praise and worship that He deserves. He is still the same God that didn’t let me die, He is still the same God who has provided for everything, He is still the same God who does miracles and wonders all around the world, He is still the same God who has never left me even when I turned my back on Him. He has always been there and He has carried me through things I never thought I could get through, so if He did that then, why wouldn’t He do that now?
It was just myself and my two little brothers at home so I got them to stop what they were doing and I got them to give God praise and so we were running up and down the hallways and the Holy Spirit took over and we started praying for each bedroom in the house, we started prophesying about my family coming to know God on an intimate level. Mind you my 2 little brothers are 7 and 5, so for them doing that is not something that is natural. We started speaking over our house that evil spirits won’t enter the house and that the presence of God will just flood this place. It was so intense but so powerful.
I had to just get up out of my bed and I couldn’t sit back down, and I just started praying into the outreach nights that my dance ministry are holding in August and I started prophesying for chains to be broken off them, that each person that will be there will encounter God in such ways, ways that they need to encounter Him, and I could feel it in the spirit, things just being broken off them, then God was saying how things needed to be broken off me first for things to be broken off these kids. I was an absolute wreck once again, I keep having the same talk with God, I had to be broken free from things that are holding me back and it starts with GETTING UP. My flesh may be so weak, I may be so tired, my mental health may be in the drain, but the presence of God is stronger, for when I am weak He is strong, without Him I am nothing but with Him I can do all things. Without spending time with God, I have no energy, my anger is insane, I see no hope, I see no future but with Him I have joy, peace, I am slow to anger, I know that I have hope and a future and I can see things happening that haven’t happened yet and I get excited for whats to come.
Just get up and obey. Sometimes we just have to, how can I put this, shut up, we need to shut up and listen to what God is telling us, listen to His voice, in whatever way that may be. The voices in our head can be so overruling. Not sure if it is just me but it gets so overpowering so I start listening to the voice that plants doubt, fear, plants the line “I am not good enough to be able to do that.” If God is telling you to do something, GET UP AND DO IT.
I am learning how to praise God over worrying about all my problems, I am learning how to praise God in the midst of a storm, I am learning how to praise God without caring what other people think of me and I’m learning how to give everything over to God, all my problems, all my worries, all my sadness and just everything that is weighing me down. Obviously it takes time and being patient, it is a process but it is so worthwhile.
“I will praise You, in this storm” -Casting Crowns
At church one of our Pastors, Pastor Paul, he was preaching about our gifts and the title was “Stir It Up” and it really spoke to me, sometimes we gotta stir things up, we gotta stir up our faith and go in deeper, use the gifts God has given us to not sit on your gifts but get up and activate it! He also said something along the lines of ‘the greater the opposition, the greater the blessing.’ A lot of the times when we face something challenging, we get so frustrated with God and how He is just letting us go through this, in Deuteronomy 3:16, it says that God will never leave or forsake us and that we don’t need to be afraid. We know that God will never leave us and even through what ever you’re facing right now, just know that God hasn’t left you and He is with you. So don’t let go of Him.
Now even though I am telling you to get up, we also need to sit down, sit at Jesus’ feet. Just as Mary did in Luke 10:38-42, she sat at His feet listening to Him, whilst Martha was busy-getting distracted by what needed to be done. Mary understood though, she understood the importance of sitting at Jesus’ feet.
‘Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem. Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds. For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.’ Psalms 9:11-12
‘But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.’ Psalms 13:5-6 In this moment, David knew to trust God and trust in His unfailing love, in the last few verses David was asking God why He left him and David was just so distraught and upset but he then declares that he will rejoice because God rescued him. He knows whats up. Do you know whats up? Will you still praise Him even if you haven’t received your promise yet? Will you still praise Him even if you feel like you have nothing left inside of you? Will you still thank Him?
Wow I am getting so excited right now whilst writing this. I just opened up my bible to Psalms 34, I don’t remember reading it but apparently I have highlighted that whole chapter, and oh praise God, the first 3 verses say this in the NLT version
‘I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord ; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord ’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.’ Psalms 34:1-3 David has got it right here, this reminds me of this sermon I watched last week by Pastor Michael Todd, he preached at Elevation Church and he was talking about David and Goliath and someone made this remix of his sermon and it is actually the greatest thing out on the internet (check his instagram and you’ll get what I’m talking about when you find it)… Sorry I’m getting off topic… anyway, David is saying he will praise the Lord at all times and how he will speak His praises constantly, David has come to the place where he had to get up and learn to praise God no matter the circumstance, through everyone belittling him when God had annointed him, through Saul being jealous of him, through his own family problems, through it all David managed to praise God over all circumstances.
Most of my life I couldn’t get out of bed, I couldn’t up at all-emotionally, spiritually and physically. For most of my life I did things in my own strength and when battling with mental illnesses, it gets so tiring and so exhausting especially when I tried to hide what I was dealing with from everyone. It took me so long to get to the place where even on my bad days, I have to get up and praise Him and seek Him, to lean on Him and let His strength carry me through. I have reached that point where I can talk about my weaknesses, where I can share about how I am going and where I can be honest with God. So when we don’t feel like doing anything at all, that is when we really got to do something. When we don’t want to read the bible, that’s when we really need to read it, when we don’t feel like praying, that’s when we really got to pray with everything we have. GET UP, I believe in you.
‘Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” ‘ John 5:8