MONDAY, JULY 5
Scripture: John 10:17-18
We are told in John 10:17-18, “’Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.’” Jesus made it clear that He voluntarily laid His life down for us. As a result, He was given the authority to pick it back up again. Saying ‘Yes’ to the commitment of putting our life in God’s hands is partly the surrender that qualifies us for the fullness of covenant. Once we make that personal commitment to Him, then He gives us our life back. Nobody can take it until we have finished our race. Out of that ultimate surrender comes deliverance from the fear of death and sets the stage for the platform of true New Testament spiritual boldness, which is absolutely essential to possess for the end-times. A holy boldness in the face of evil enables us to reveal the glory of God.