When you think of a Christian being a martyr, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think of this scripture.
Revelation 2:13 (NKJV)
13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is.And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
Jesus commends the faith of Antipas, who gave up his life rather than give up his relationship with his Lord and Savior. The faith Antipas had was of God, a fruit of the Holy Spirit. But there was another fruit of the Spirit necessary for Antipas to do what God wanted Him to do. That was love. Consider this scripture about love. I’m going to use a paraphrase version, which brings out the implied meaning.
Luke 14:26 (AMP)
26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life [in the sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God]—he cannot be My disciple.
In other words, God wants us to love Him so much, that we would choose to do whatever he wants for us. Even over what anyone else (whom we love), wants us to do. How’s that possible? Because of two things that God gives us. Faith, a supernatural knowing or conviction of what He wants. And love, which comes from Him that enables us to make that choice. Not because we’re afraid of not doing it, but because we love God and want to please Him. This scripture shows how God grants all of the spiritual gifts needed to accomplish His will.
Revelation 12:11 (NKJV)
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
These Christians were saved by Jesus blood, which paid the death penalty for their sins. That was God’s gift. The faith to believe that was His gift. What to testify and the courage to say it was God’s gift. And the love to choose Him over their own life was His gift.
Pastor Sharon and I encourage you to pray about this. Ask Your Heavenly Father in Jesus name to give you the spiritual gifts needed to accomplish His will in your life.
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