Welcome to the Just RISE UP! online study!! I have been waiting for this day and so many of you have reached out to me with your excitement to do this thing we call Making Jesus Famous together as we RISE UP! and circle our entire life around our Lord.
This will be a space each week (every Monday, Wednesday, Friday) to come together and dig into the Word with intention of engaging the Lord via worship, prayer, Scripture reading, and community.
***This is a no-stress environment*** You come as you are. Come as you can. All of the material of the study will be archived HERE. BUT! I encourage you to make a commitment to dig in and engage. Sometimes that mean we have to make special space in our life to do so. That said, please don’t put pressure on yourself. We are here to spur you on and encourage and….maybe even challenge you a bit? That’s a good thing, right?
THIS WEEK’S TIME TOGETHER:
~See the video below…a special welcome from me to you
~We will be reading together Chapter 1 of Just RISE UP!
~Monday’s post will cover the first part of Chapter 1 of Just RISE UP!
~Wednesday’s post will cover the last two sections of Chapter 1
~Friday’s post: THE LIST…stay tuned…it will be fun, I promise!
***Each week I will include inspiring graphics that I invite you to share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram (see below)
Shall we get started?
***(If you are reading this via email or on your smart phone, click HERE to watch the video welcome for week 1 of Just RISE UP!)
Let’s read together our home base Psalm 145. Grab your Bible and read through Psalm 145:1-7 with a heart of praise. Pray that any distractions (good or bad!) will fall to the wayside for a few moments while you read Scripture in worship.
Your majesty and glorious splendor have captivated me; I will meditate on Your wonders,sing songs of Your worth. (Psalm 145:5 THE VOICE)
A LIFE of Praise
After we have read the Scripture a few times, let’s talk about making some BOLD statements of praise. I’m of the opinion that we have to be intentional about our worship in order to life a life of praise. We have to set a foundation in order to stand firm. Because, we all know life gets in the way, right? Things happen to deter our praise of Jesus who…
IS WORTHY…no matter what.
~On page 10 (Journal 2 of Chapter 1) I asked you to write out all of the I will…statements. These are bold declarations of praise. Take a moment to write out some definitions of those declarations such as the word extol (verse 1) or bless (verse 2). Pick a few and write what those declarations mean by definition. (google it if you have to).
~Why did these declarations stand out to you?
~What does your day look like today? How can you make these bold declarations today no matter what life is throwing at you for the moment? How is your perspective changed after you take time in worship? I want to be sensitive to those who are dealing with tough matters. Your God is mighty. His ways are HIGH and GOOD even if we can’t see through the fog of life at the moment. He hears your pleas and He is blessed by your worship.
Journal IT! and Chat about IT!
I wonder if you will take some time to chat in the comments about the following questions. These questions were first posed with in the journal sections of Just RISE UP! Will you take some time to journal through it and then share your thoughts?
I want to hear from YOU!
~On page 5 of Just RISE UP! I candidly shared my past habit of using bad language. This was an example of life tweaks we make when our hearts truly desire to praise Jesus with every square inch of our life. After you have read “A Language of Praise” section starting on p.5 think about this…
How is our heart and mind and speech interconnected? How does the condition of your heart effect your thoughts and/or your speech?
**For me, this interconnection is about obedience. I have to make a choice whether it is daily or situation by situation, to praise the Lord with my heart, mind, and speech. We see a great example of this with Paul and Silas in Acts 16. (Look at page 13 of Just RISE UP!)
Picture this: It’s midnight. In the darkness of their cell, Paul and Silas—after surviving the severe beating—aren’t moaning and groaning; they’re praying and singing hymns to God. The prisoners in adjoining cells are wide awake, listening to them pray and sing. 26 Suddenly the ground begins to shake, and the prison foundations begin to crack. You can hear the sound of jangling chains and the squeak of cell doors opening. Every prisoner realizes that his chains have come unfastened. (Acts 16:25-26)
~At the end of page 13, I made this statement…what are your thoughts on combining the words praise (with heart, mind, and speech) and obedience?
With bold declarations that you will RISE UP!and live a life of praise, chains are broken and you are free to experience the blessings that come with obedience. (Just RISE UP! page 13)
Pray About IT!
Use the following prayer prompts from page 10 to journal your prayers.
~Father, You are worthy of my praise because You are . . .
~Thank You for allowing me into Your presence so that I may experience Your glory. Help me to go out and live a life of praise with my words . . .
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Talk about IT!
Now it’s your turn. Leave a comment below with any thoughts regarding the questions above OR anything you have on your mind as you read chapter 1 of Just RISE UP! Do you have any questions? Any additional thoughts? I want to hear from YOU!
Also, feel free to comment on each other’s thoughts in the comments. Let’s get a good discussion going, ok?
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