“Arise, Let Us Go From Here.”

It’s 2020!  Happy New Year!

I’ve meditated on John 14 since November.  Yesterday I memorized Jesus’ last words in that chapter, on the last day of 2019.  Jesus’ last words in that chapter rang through my spirit all day yesterday and, even through the night last night (New Year’s Eve), I wakened to consciousness considering his words:

“Arise, let us go from here.”

A new day dawns.  A new year dawns.

I took these moments to blog because my heart yearns to say to you,

“My friend, arise!  Let us go from here.” 

May we leave behind all successes, all failures of last year/years, and press on to know the Lord and to love Him and prove our love to Him by keeping His Word and believing that Jesus is truly God’s Son.  (John 14)

I write down prayers in my three ring binder each day.  I’d like to share my morning prayer with you now, just in case you’d like to say, “Amen.”

Good morning, precious Father in Heaven!  It is a new year here on earth, marked in time by Your Son’s birth.  Hallelujah!  Oh, that I may lay my life down for you in 2020 and please you with every breath I take, but I know there are strongholds of complaining in my thinking.  Conquer them, Victorious Warrior!  That I may ride with you in that last day!  Hallelujah!

I love you utterly, Jesus Christ, the Son of God!  I repent of all dark thoughts and words at the dawn of this first day, this first week in 2020. 

I think of John 14:31, the last verse in John 14:

“Arise, let us go from here.”

I sense that is the closing word from you to me for 2019.  And so I am eager to read John 15:1 and take in these next words of Jesus to guide me with their compass and flashlight into the year, 2020:

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. (John 15:1-3 NKJV)

Father God, I think back to John 14:20 when you said, “Then you will know that I am in the Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” 

My Father, you are the overseer—the PLANNER of all days on earth.  Your are the PLANTER of Your Son, Jesus, the true vine, into the earth. 

            I arise with you, Lord.  Let us go forward now with 2019 behind us. Let me abide in you and you in me as I ponder YOUR words:

“Arise, let us go from here.”

Abide in Me, and I in you.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.


About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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5 Responses to “Arise, Let Us Go From Here.”

  1. Phyllis L. says:

    Thank you Hope! This was very encouraging and a reminder that we need to abide in Him! It’s easy to try to just do what we want and drift but we are to abide in Him and let Him be our guide!


  2. Billie Jo says:

    My heart indeed gives a resounding AMEN!

    Liked by 1 person

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