Wake up

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Merry Christmas week! We celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus, God’s Son! Hallelujah!

Pastor Tate quoted the following verse on Sunday.

For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
    but rejoicing comes in the morning. ~ Psalm 30:5 NIV

The weeping that lasts for a night ends when we wake up. Wake up doesn’t mean 6 am or 8 am or noon if you are a teenager. Wake up means when we wake up to Jesus and let Him rule our life. Wow. Hearing that definition has rocked my world. The days I weep may last a while. The rejoicing comes when I find joy in Jesus.

When we go thought hard times, we should grieve and weep. Holding it in is not healthy. Let it out. Release the feelings. God will hold you through it. Don’t try to be OK when you aren’t. However, make sure you wake up at some point. Wake up to the truth that Jesus is holding you. Wake up to the promise that He will never leave you nor forsake you. Wake up to the power of joy – peace in the midst of hard circumstances.

If you are weeping, it can last the night. Night is as long as you make it. It’s fine to stay a sleep for a season but wake up to that rejoicing. Find the joy. The Christmas hymn, “Joy to the World” says

Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room. And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing.

This is the rejoicing. Jesus has come. He died, rose again and has prepared a place for us with Him for all eternity. That’s the joy. Life on earth is tough. We are renewed in Him day by day. When we wake up, we can rejoice. We are still struggling and may be in the same circumstances, but we have hope in Him. The eternal glory outweighs it all.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

Wake up to Jesus and rejoicing. Let your weeping last for a night, but then wake up.

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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