“Those who give up their lives for me will have true life.”
You know, you have a beautiful future in GOD. HE has a dream and a plan for your life! Stay tuned for one very important step in becoming useful vessels for God’s purposes.
When you’re full of yourself, God can’t fill you. But when you empty yourself, God has a useful vessel. Your Bible overflows with examples of those who did.
In his Gospel, Matthew mentions his own name only twice. Both times he calls himself a tax collector! In his list of apostles, he assigns himself the eight spot.
John also does not mention his own name in his Gospel. The twenty appearances of “John” all refer to “The Baptist”. John the apostle simply calls himself “the other follower” or the follower whom Jesus loved” (John 20:2-3).
Luke wrote two of the most important books in the Bible but never once penned his own name.
My personal thoughts and notes:
What a paradox we walk as Christian’s? In order to be raised up or promoted in God’s Kingdom we must first serve and lower ourselves. In order that we may live in the Spirit of GOD, we must die to the flesh daily to find our (true) selves and we must lose or abandon our identity to the one that provided the ran some for our sin sick souls (Christ).
It is not I who lives but it is Christ who lives in me. I am to be His “body” as HE provides HIS Spirit for me. Breaking my “willful “and “self glorifying” spirit are necessary components for my becoming a useful vessel “dedicated” for my Lord’s holy purposes!
The Treasure Chest of Wisdom:
Don’t go where the path of least resistance may lead, instead allow GOD to make a path for you (his vessel) to follow. God has designed a detailed and specific path that will lead you right to your destiny. It takes an excessive amount of energy and wasted effort trying to be someone other than who you were created to be. You are a child of the only true living GOD, wonderfully and fearfully created!
The language of Communion with GOD…
y desire is to please You and hold nothing back. I surrender my relationships, my finances, my work, my recreation, my decisions, my time, my body, my mind, my soul, my desires, and my dreams. I put them all in your hands to be used to Your glory. I declare this day that I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh( body) I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Rule me in every area of this life, LORD, and lead me into all that You have envisioned for me.
In the name above all names (Jesus) we pray…
OBEDIENCE v/s WILLFULNESS
Freedom to be creative under the protection of divinely appointed authority
2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT
We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
Holistic Christian Ministries
Resources: Grace For The Moment Bible