Going Up Devotional


Julia Bettencourt

Posted January 22, 2011

Just around my senior year in high school, I heard a message on the 7-Ups.  It's an old sermon outline that I've since seen circulated in emails and around the web since I first heard it many years ago.

The points were--

  • Wake Up! - Decide to have a good day. (Psalms 118:24)
  • Dress Up! - Put on a smile. (1 Samuel 16:7)
  • Shut Up! - Learn to listen. (Proverbs 13:3)
  • Stand Up! - For what you believe in. (Galatians 6:9-10)
  • Look Up! -To the Lord. (Philippians 4:13)
  • Reach Up! - For something higher. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • Lift Up! - Your Prayers. (Philippians 4:6)

I came across that outline again recently and began pondering all the other "ups" that I need as a Christian. 

Bone Up!

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.  1 Peter 2:2

Clean Up!

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Psalms 51:10

Go Up!

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  
John 14:2, 3

Grow Up!

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.  2 Peter 3:18

Open Up!

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.  Psalm 119:18

Power Up! 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

Pray Up! 

Pray without ceasing.  1 Thess 5:17

Suit Up!

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  Ephesians 6: 11

Show Up!

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  Hebrews 10:25

Take Up!

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  Luke 9:23


Hot air balloons need fuel to heat the air and help it work.  As a Christian we sometimes need things that make us stop and think and fuel us along, so I think these "ups" can help us keep going in the right direction.

In a sense they are some of the things that fuel our hot air balloon and helps us rise and keep sailing along in our Christian life.

So, are you going up? 

Copyright ©2011 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.

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