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Rise up, O Men of God
By derek
8/8/2007 6:52:52 AM
Rise Up, O Men of God (Men) : 1 — Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and soul and mind and strength
To serve the King of Kings.

Rise Up, O Men of God (Men) : 2 — Rise up, O men of God,
In one united throng.
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong.

Rise Up, O Men of God (Men) : 3 — Rise up, O men of God!
Tread where his feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up, O men of God!

I was struck by the words of this song during a priesthood meeting on Sunday. What a perfect song for the process of overcoming addictions and becoming righteous priesthood holders.

For the first verse, I think is there anything 'less' than the worthless junk we got involved in, whether drugs, alcohol, or pornography? We must be done with it and the only way to truly overcome is to serve God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength.

The second verse reminds me that some of our greatest support lies in our other brothers who are honestly seeking to overcome their weaknesses to end their days and nights and years of wrong.

The third verse tells me that I need to follow in the Savior's footsteps. I need to server others and try to do what He would do. I am his brother. We are all his brothers and we can rise up above the filth that surrounds us and become like him. What a great blessing and promise that is!

Comments:

Amen    
"I was looking for just this inspiration. Thank you"
posted at 15:28:37 on August 9, 2007 by herbinprovo


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"If, through our unrighteous choices, we have lost our footing on that path, we must remember the agency we were given, agency we may choose to exercise again. I speak especially to those overcome by the thick darkness of addiction. If you have fallen into destructive, addictive behaviors, you may feel that you are spiritually in a black hole. As with the real black holes in space, it may seem all but impossible for light to penetrate to where you are. How do you escape? I testify the only way is through the very agency you exercised so valiantly in your premortal life, the agency that the adversary cannot take away without your yielding it to him. "

— Robert D. Hales

General Conference, April 2006