Are you an Overcomer?

I can’t tell you how many times people look at me with a  sick pitiful facial expression and with a visual measure of apparent pain meant, I think to justify their words when they say, “Oh I could never go to the Amazon, I am too afraid!”  I know the Amazon is kind of scary and I don’t mean to minimize that but don’t they realize they are essentially saying I don’t care enough about “those people” to risk myself to bring them God’s message of salvation? Really? After what God has done for you?

In Revelation Chapter 21:8 at the very beginning of the list of those who will not inherit a place in the New Jerusalem with Jesus are “the cowardly” followed by the “unbelieving, the vile, the murders etc…”

Ok admitedly I am having a tough day, it is the 5th anniversary of my son’s death in the Iraq war. From all that I still hear from his men, he was a courageous warrior. In fact if he hadn’t placed himself out in front he would have survived the bomb like so many others did that he kept back from the blast.  So forgive me if I sound impatient with what is I am sure a normal reaction to the unknown, {I was scared my first time.}

Brave people aren’t immune to fear they just value something or someone more than themselves. Brave people do the unusual and the sacrifical. Jesus expects that of me and you. He expects that we will be willing to die for him if necessary.  He expects us to value him and his gospel more than our self interest.

Notice that in the above scripture that “cowardly” and “unbeliever” are separate categories, so I deduce from that you could be one without being the other. Certainly there are brave unbelievers and so there are conversly, cowardly believers. 

You must not allow that to be true of you. Rise up brothers and sisters and show yourselves to be who you were designed to be in Christ, overcomers!

“They overcame by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony, they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Rev 12:11

Make a plan right now to be brave. He will be proud of you!

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