Rise and Shine!

Cotidie – Application

Cotidie = Daily in Latin



This week has not been about self-help. It is He who indwells, it is He who helps, it is He that cleans house, and He who changes us. We must, however, get out of the way and let Him do it. There are many who accept God’s grace, but do not live fully surrendered lives. They do not get out of the way.

Remember, if I surrender with one hand behind my back, might I be mistaken as an enemy? We must let go of the things of this world we hide and clutch behind our back. We must fully surrender with both hands so we may truly live. That is getting out of the way. We have the opportunity to make resolutions each and every day. We can resolve to deny ourselves. We can resolve to take up our cross. We can resolve to follow Christ.

I told you earlier I was going to circle back to the beginning of this passage. Before Jesus talked about being a disciple, He said, “If anyone would come after me.” Following Christ requires you to take that first step of faith. You may not understand what it all means, but by your faith, He will reveal Himself to you. He has done it time and time again in my life.

Earlier this week, I asked you to make four resolutions for the year. How d o they match up to the four resolutions we talked about? Deny, Commit, Follow, Daily. Do you need to make changes?

How can we apply what we have learned this week? You might not like this, but I am challenging you tomorrow morning to set your alarm one hour earlier than you normally do. Wake up and start the day right with the Lord. You know when I am the worst follower? The days I get up late, and am rushed right into the rat race. We have to make an effort, and I promise this discipline will equal freedom.

Just for today, set your alarm for one-hour earlier.

Tune in tomorrow for Song of Sunday.

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