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ROLIM Devotionals

Faith Is Ready To Die
by: Pastor Shane
date posted: 8/11/2008 6:15:20 AM

Here is short sermon:

I remember the fear that came over me when I went to my General Doctor to see what was wrong in me. I couldn't believe what I was hearing from him,  he referred me to a specialist coz of the symptoms that I had listed on him. The probability of having a serious illness strucked me on that scary moment of my life.

I was schedule to see the doctor who specializes on  this kind of illness, the fear had enveloped me so  much, not that i am afraid of dying but the people that I cared most, my family and the church. After a series of test. I was told that I will be recieving a call from his office. I waited on that call dreading and yet praying fervently that everything will be alright.

Until I  got the call and suddenly my heart rate began to slow down.  Having faced the possibility of death, I felt now that I was given a new shot at life.


Facing death has a way of waking us up and bringing us back to life.  Jesus said it like this:

"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it" (Matthew 16:25).

The Apostle Paul had an abundant life, in large, I believe, because he was willing to lose his life at any moment.  Although he certainly didn't have a death wish, he wasn't afraid to die for Christ, either.

In Acts 21, Paul was warned by men and by the Holy Spirit that if he continued on his journey to the city of Jerusalem, he would be bound in chains when he got there.  Paul's friends pleaded with him not to go to Jerusalem, but Paul replied:

"Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 21:13).

Paul went on to Jerusalem, and was indeed bound and put into prison.  The rest of the book of Acts documents his travels from prison to prison as his case was appealed to higher and higher authorities all the way to Caesar in Rome.  Although the book of Acts ends before the end of Paul's life, church tradition tells us that Paul was eventually beheaded in Rome for his faith

There are times when God calls people to use their faith to raise the dead, as Paul had just done for Eutycus in Acts 20.  But there are also times when God calls people to use their faith to be ready to die, as Paul was ready in Acts 21.  But how can the same faith lead to two such different results?  Paul tell us in Romans 14:7-8:

"For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord" (Romans 14:7-8).

It was Paul's willingness to die for Christ that allowed him to live for Christ so boldly.  Some thought he was foolish to go to Jerusalem when he was warned about what awaited him there.  But as another missionary named James Elliot wrote:  "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."

God has many things He wants to do for you by faith.  But God also has many things He wants to do through you by faith--for others

How would it change your life if you were truly willing to die for Christ? If you truly no longer feared death?  According to the Apostle Paul, the missionary Jim Elliot, and even Jesus Christ Himself, it's only when you're ready to lose your life for Christ that you will truly find it.

Let's pray...

Father, help me to be ready to die for Christ so that I can truly live for Him.  In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

 


 





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