Laying Down Our LivesWhat sometimes holds you back from laying down your life for others?
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Revelation I got from God about my life after returning from Sedona,Az. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- I found myself on a mountain at the end of my rope. Before me appeared a much larger rope that led as far as the eye could see. I had been climbing the rope that I was on for so long and it seemed to lead no where. Sometimes the climb was easy,sometimes it was hard,but it never seemed to get me anywhere. After much struggle with the rope I was on,one day I took a leap of "Faith" and grabbed onto the much larger rope. I started climbing and a change came over me. The higher I got, the stronger I got.At the same time,I became more frightened for fear of falling. I stopped a few times to catch my breath but felt compelled to keep climbing. Then I noticed the more I climbed,the less afraid I became. When I looked up, I could see the top of the mountain,I was in the clouds. I had almost reached the top. My heart was pounding my energy was high and I notice there had been a change in me that had taken place. I reach the top and stood up. What I saw, was the most incredible view I had ever seen. My mind was clear and taking in all the beauty around me. My heart was so soft,I wanted to cry. My soul had been changed and I felt like a new person. I would never look at my life the same. I reflected on the rope that I had spent my whole life on and wondered why I thought that the rope I was on would lead me to happiness. After trying to absorb this overwhelming quest, I all the sudden felt a great desire to climb back down the rope and tell others what I had experienced. As I climbed down,I saw other people on the rope. Some were up high and some had just started the climb. But many people were right in the middle not moving. Not going up nor going back down. When I got to the beginning of the rope, I started telling everyone that would listen to me about the rope that led to the top. Most people wouldn't listen to what I had to say. They were so content with climbing their own rope, which I knew would lead them no where for I had been climbing the same type of rope for so many years. Some people saw the rope I was on but were to afraid to make the leap of "Faith". They were afraid of falling. I noticed that while telling people about the rope,the place seemed dark and cold. It was until I saw the light on the mountain top that I could distinguish the difference. The individual ropes that we climb represents us living our own life trying to achieve fame,fortune and success on our own. Living life to satisfy ourselves. The leap to the other rope is the leap of "Faith" when we surrender our lives to Jesus. Give your life and Receive eternal life. The rope of life represents the hand of God.Climb it diligently and always know....God will never let you fall. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Jesus has his hand out. Grab hold of him! The climb represents the struggles that we endure. God will give you the Holy Spirit to comfort you and encourage you on your climb+++ When you reach the top of the mountain,the scales fall off your eyes. You have achieved eternal life You acknowledge that you have been Born Again and you got to go tell someone!!! The people that stop on the rope and become comfortable, represent the Luke warm Christian that God will spew out of his mouth. One is either in the dark or in the light. There is nothing in between. If you are by the door in the dark....your still in the dark. The Lord wants us to have a great passion for him and be on fire for him. When you are in the dark,your eyes adjust. When most everyone around you is in darkness,you don't know your in the dark. It is only when you step into the light that you realize what a dark place you were in. I pray that this will encourage you and others to seek the lord. Love thy Lord God with all your Heart,Soul,Mind and Strength. The leap of faith is depicted by having faith in Jesus Christ and living for him insted of yourself. Mark 11:22 Have* faith in God," Jesus answered John 2:11 This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. John 11:45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. John 12:11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him. Acts 3:16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see. Acts 20:21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. Romans 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 2nd Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-unless, of course, you fail the test? Lets start with the lost souls. Whom Im trying to tell about the rope. Seed sower ---------------- Matthew 13:3-13:9 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: A farmer went out to sow his seed. Mat 13:4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Mat 13:5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. Mat 13:6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Mat 13:7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Mat 13:8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a cropa hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Mat 13:9 He who has ears, let him hear. Matthew 13:18-23 Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: Mat 13:19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. Mat 13:20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. Mat 13:21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. Mat 13:22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. Mat 13:23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. The Sheep and the Goat ----------------------- Matthew 25:31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. Mat 25:32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Mat 25:33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Mat 25:34 Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. Mat 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, Mat 25:36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Mat 25:37 Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? Mat 25:38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? Mat 25:39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? Mat 25:40 The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. Mat 25:41 Then he will say to those on his left, Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Mat 25:42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, Mat 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me. Mat 25:44 They also will answer, Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you? Mat 25:45 He will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. Mat 25:46 Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.