My Power Tale for this week (number 11) concerns Freedom over Self to Reach Others. The Weymouth New Testament-Revelation 12:11, But they have gained the victory over him because of the blood of the Lamb and of the testimony which they have borne, and because they held their lives cheap and did not shrink even from death. Weymouth New Testament-Mark 8:35, for whoever is bent on securing his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the Good News, will secure it.
Freedom over Self to Reach Others
These two verses sum up the life of the Spirit, giving up the natural life to partake of the spiritual life forever. We are not of this world and have overcome the fallen flesh, the world, and the devil through Jesus Christ and are led by the Holy Spirit. As a minister for most of my life, my heart for others is IF we can see the eternity and know our life counts forever we will see the value the Apostle Paul said in James 4:14, whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.
For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Why give up your reward laid up in heaven? Without a vision, God’s people perish. A friend kept at me to take a mission trip with him to the Ukraine and Croatia. Deep in my Spirit, I was stagnant and knew I needed to put myself in a new place for new growth in the Spirit. Remember faith must grow in order for more fruit to abound in your life.
This trip stirred my Spirit, gave me a passion deeper to reach people for God, overcame fear, touched more lives, met new friends globally and have grown deeper in my relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. My prayer for you is to be willing to step out and go for it, challenge yourself, live for eternity, reach out and leave a legacy as you live for Christ.