Losing Your Life

Study Guide: Are You Prepared? Part 3: Losing Your Life

  1. “‘For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord’” (Luke 1:15-17).
  2. John’s mission (and ours also):
    1. Turn many to the Lord their God
    2. To strengthen family relationships
    3. To encourage obedience
    4. To make ready a people prepared for the Lord
  3. John was to have a special diet, and to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We, as God’s people in the last days, also have been instructed to have a special diet and lifestyle. Remember the NEWSTART principles: Nutrition, Exer- cise, Water, Sunshine, Temperance, Fresh Air, Rest, and Trust in God.
  4. John was filled with the Holy Spirit even from the womb! Young children can be filled with the Holy Spirit too!
  5. “With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained [and I added these words in brackets: filled with the Holy Spirit], might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world! “How soon might the end come—the end of suffering and sorrow and sin! How soon, in place of a possession here, with its blight of sin and pain, our children might receive their inheritance where ‘the righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever;’ where ‘the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick,’ and ‘the voice of weeping shall be no more heard.’ Psalm 37:29; Isaiah 33:24; 65:19” (Ellen G. White, Education, pg. 271).
  6. John the Baptist called people to repent of their sins. His message included thorough repentance. Matthew 3:8, “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance” (NKJV). “Live in a way that shows you have turned away from your sins” (Matthew 3:8, NIRV).
  7. John’s specific instructions, which would still be very practical for our day even if we are not tax collectors or sol- diers:
    1. Assist and provide food and clothing for those in need
    2. Have integrity—be honest and fair in all business/financial matters (don’t cheat anyone or take advantage of them)
    3. Don’t intimidate others, gossip, or falsely accuse
    4. Be content
    5. “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29), Who is “mightier than I…” and Who “will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Luke 3:16)
  8. “Our message must be as direct as was the message of John. He rebuked Kings for their iniquity. Notwithstanding that his life was imperiled, he did not hesitate to declare God’s word. And our work in this age must be done as faithfully” (Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 8, pg. 332).
  9. Prison was a time of uncertainty for John the Baptist and his followers—but John “did not surrender his faith in Christ” (Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, pg. 216).
  1. “Understanding more clearly now the nature of Christ’s mission, he [John] yielded himself to God for life or for death, as should best serve the interests of the cause he loved” (Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, pg. 216).
  2. “‘For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he’” (Luke 7:28).
  3. “Though no miraculous deliverance was granted John, he was not forsaken. He had always the companionship of heavenly angels, who opened to him the prophecies concerning Christ, and the precious promises of Scripture….” (Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, pg. 224).
  4. “God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the be- ginning, and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him. Not Enoch, who was translated to heaven, not Elijah, who ascended in a chariot of fire, was greater or more honored than John the Baptist, who perished alone in the dungeon. ‘Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake.’ Philippians 1:29. And of all the gifts that Heaven can bestow upon men, fel- lowship with Christ in His sufferings is the most weighty trust and the highest honor” (Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, pgs. 224-225).
  5. Are you prepared to be faithful to God and His mission for you—even if it leads to prison and death?
  6. Revelation 13:15 describes a time when those who are faithful to God will be killed. It’s a spiritual battle for our minds. We will worship God and follow the teachings of the Bible, or will we worship the beast and his image, and follow the traditions of men?
  7. Revelation 2:10, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
  8. Let’s trust Jesus always—no matter what happens, even if we lose our lives.

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