• Taking the Initiative Against Drudgery

    Arise, shine… —Isaiah 60:1When it comes to taking the initiative against drudgery, we have to take the first step as though there were no God. There is no point in waiting for God to help us— He will …

  • Taking the Initiative Against Despair

    Rise, let us be going. —Matthew 26:46In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples went to sleep when they should have stayed awake, and once they realized what they had done it produced despair. The sen …

  • Taking the Initiative Against Depression

    Arise and eat. —1 Kings 19:5The angel in this passage did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable. He simply told Elijah to do a very ordinary thing, that …

  • The Inspiration of Spiritual Initiative

    Arise from the dead… —Ephesians 5:14Not all initiative, the willingness to take the first step, is inspired by God. Someone may say to you, “Get up and get going! Take your reluctance by the throat an …

  • “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

    None of us lives to himself… —Romans 14:7Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people? For instance, if I allow any turning away from God in my private life, …

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