Laying Down Our LivesWhat sometimes holds you back from laying down your life for others?
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THE HEART OF A REVOLUTIONARY!
Matthew 10:32-39 (Today's New International Version)
32 "Whoever publicly acknowledges me I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever publicly disowns me I will disown before my Father in heaven.
34 "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn
" 'a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-lawÃÂ¢
36 your enemies will be the members of your own household.'
37 "Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves a son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
The Heart Qualities Of A Revolutionary!
~Revolutionary: a person that takes part in a revolution whose aim is to overthrow the present standard or mindset by establishing the supremacy of a new precedence that causes dramatic change.
1. A Revolutionary Is A Person Who _____________________
They Have Been Called To Liberate!
But Jesus the Son of God is our great High Priest Who has gone to heaven itself to help usÃÂ¢ÃÂ¦This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses since He had the same temptations we do, though He never once gave way to them and sinned. -Hebrews 4:14-15 (TLB)
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. -Isaiah 61:1
2. A Revolutionary Is A Person Who Gets ______________
Of The People Who Need To Be Liberated!
Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When He looked out over the crowds, His heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. ÃÂ¢What a huge harvest!ÃÂ¢ He said to His disciples. ÃÂ¢How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!ÃÂ¢ -Matthew 9:35-38 (MSG)
Rescue the perishing; don't hesitate to step in and help. If you say, ÃÂ¢Hey, that's none of my business,ÃÂ¢ will that get you off the hook? Someone is watching you closely, you know ÃÂ¢ Someone not impressed with weak excuses. -Proverbs 24:11-12 (MSG)
ÃÂ¢Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!ÃÂ¢ -Proverbs 31:8-9 (MSG)
10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." So he said to the man, 11 "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!"
15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi's house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.
3. A Revolutionary Is A Person Whose _______________
By The Liberating Power Of Jesus Christ!
When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ÃÂ¢Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?ÃÂ¢ She said, ÃÂ¢No one, Lord.ÃÂ¢ And Jesus said to her, ÃÂ¢Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.ÃÂ¢ -John 8:10-11
Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven ÃÂ¢ for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."
-Luke 7:47 (NIV)