Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Spiritual 7-Up

~ 7 Admonitions ~
 
Wake Up ~ First thing in the morning recognize that “Today is the day the Lord hath made, be glad and rejoice in it” (Psalms 118:24). Decide to have a good day and to seek opportunities to be a blessing to someone else. “Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good...” (Galatians 6:9-10).    

Lift Up ~ Pray to your heavenly Father early in the day before things become hectic. Continue to communicate with Him constantly throughout the day. “Do not worry about stuff, instead pray about all aspects of your life” (Philippians 4:6).    

Dress Up ~ As a child of God your Father looks at you and sees a robe of righteousness placed over you as a result of His Son’s work at Calvary. Seek to live the part! You cannot change God’s character but be careful not to damage His reputation. Put on a smile—it is a great way to improve your looks. Keep your desires in check—because “the Lord looks at the heart” (I Samuel 16:7). Be in His Word, pray, and seek to please Him, and He will put the proper desires in your heart (Psalm 37:4).

Stand Up ~ Know what you believe and be willing to speak out. Be a witness for Him and what you believe. “You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it” (1 Peter 3:15).

Shut Up ~ You do not need to speak all that you think. “He who guards his lips guards his soul” (Proverbs 13:3). Do you seek opportunities to encourage? “Let your conversation be gracious and attractive” (Colossians 4:6). Gracious means giving credit beyond what is deserved. 

Look Up ~ When I was a young Christian a dear older saint would often say to me as we parted, “I’ll see you here, there, or in the air.” Do you live with the expectancy of Christ’s imminent return? “Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:8).

Reach Up ~ Are you growing in the knowledge of God? Are you fully utilizing the natural talents and spiritual gifts He has given you? Reach up for something more noble. Paul said, “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me”(Philippians 4:13). If you are a Christian, so can you! 

SUMMARY:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Live your life so that when you meet your Savior face to face He will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord” (cf. Matthew 25:21, 23). 

4 comments:

  1. Amen! All intended to keep us before Him.

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  2. I presented a program at Women's Weekend Away incorporating the spiritual 7 Ups, with my own additions and story telling. They invited me to speak again the next year and I was most blessed.

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