Revelation 3:21 The Reward Of Being Victorious

 

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To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Revelation 3:21

Getting a reward is something many people want. They look forward to being victorious and getting the reward that is being offered. Football players look forward to getting the Superbowl ring for a reward of their hard work at playing the game. Workers strive for the employee of the year for their hard work. There are thousands of different rewards out there of every type that people desire.

With any of the rewards it does take work and dedication. A person has to be focused on what he is doing in order to earn the reward. He has to be victorious in the work being done.

Just believing in Jesus and repenting of sins brings a reward of eternal life for every believer. It is something that they may look forward to getting.

Jesus also points out that there is a reward for being victorious. This reward is the same that He had received, to be able to sit on a throne. When Jesus rose from the dead, victorious, He was allowed to sit on the Father’s throne. Now, when a believer is victorious in following Him, he will be allowed to sit on the throne of Jesus.

Victorious means that  a person will continually turn from sin, obey God’s commands, do the work God has sent for him to do, be a witness for Jesus and build His kingdom on this earth.

To do any of these things, a person must be focused on God. He must make his life dedicated to serving God with all of his abilities. This has nothing to do with salvation, but with serving God.

Just as with any victory, being victorious in your own life will take some work. It takes focus to turning away from all sin and seeking ways to serve God in every moment of your life.

Jesus is waiting to hand out the reward of sitting on His throne to every one who is victorious. It is not just for one or two people. It is for you and everyone else who is victorious in following Him.

Ask yourself if you are being victorious in your walk with God. Are you doing all you can to get that reward?

I pray today that you will know what God has in store for you; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will be His witness in this world; and that you will receive the reward God has for you. 

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Hebrews 10:6-7 What Pleases God

 

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with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am–it is written about me in the scroll–I have come to do your will, my God.’ Hebrews 10:6-7

Determining what pleases a god is what a lot of people are trying to do all over the world. People in every religious belief are striving to please their god in whatever way possible.

The majority of people and religions focus on sacrifices to please their god. Several religions will offer animal or food sacrifices, while many will focus on physical sacrifice of self. People will beat themselves or deny themselves of pleasures of food or things in order to attempt to please their god.

While in false religions, where people are worshipping false gods, this is often expected, it also occurs within Christianity. There are many people who are offering sacrifices to attempt to please God. They give up certain things, they get rid of certain things in their attempt. At times this is needed because God has called them to do that sacrifice, but often it is just trying to please God without doing what pleases God.

In the verse today, it is quoting from Psalm 40:6-8 and what Jesus, Himself had also quoted about Himself. God did not really want all of the sacrifices that were prescribed in the Old Testament Law. What He wanted was an obedient heart, a person who would do His will–the very thing Jesus did.

Believers today need to focus on doing God’s will in every area of their lives. There will be times that they must offer a sacrifice, but in order for that sacrifice to mean anything, they must be doing God’s will and desire.

God’s will is for every person to love Him with all of their life and love others also. This means one will do whatever God wants, when He wants and how He wants it done. This means people will strive to be a living example of Jesus to the world.

You are a disciple of Jesus, so you are to live your life just as Jesus did.

Sacrificing your time and money does some good, but to please God focus on doing His will. Find out what God wants you to do and do it with a cheerful heart to the best of your ability. In this way you will please God.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will do what God wants you to do; that your life and heart will please God; that your life will be just like that of Jesus; and that God will be pleased with your thoughts and actions.

1 Thessalonians 3:4 Walking Into Trouble

 

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In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. 1 Thessalonians 3:4

Trouble is something that most people attempt to avoid as much as possible. Very few people like to walk into trouble.

When a person is driving down the road and they see a notice that there is a major accident ahead, he will often try to take a different route to keep from being slowed down or stopped. When a person is walking down a  street and see two other people arguing loudly, he will usually, quickly walk by or take a different route to stay away from the trouble.

The change of route will occur even more, if a person knows that there is someone upset with him. People will avoid those who are upset with them. Very few people like confrontation with a person who does not like them.

Paul did not change his route or back down from a negative confrontation. He was not looking at just someone being upset with him, but that there would be persecution ahead. There would be people ahead in his path that would physically strive to harm him. They would beat him and put him in jail.

Most people would turn and run the other direction, yet, Paul did not. He followed what God wanted him to do, be a witness to the people at all costs.

True believers will have to go through some persecution, sooner or later. The world hates believers and will do whatever it takes to remove them. Yet, the believer must move forward, knowing that trouble and persecution is coming. He must not back down from the path God has him on.

The value of walking into trouble and persecution is that God’s word will move forward and touch lives. The person who stands strong and true for God will be a living example of the light and love of Jesus to this dark world.

Are you avoiding talking about Jesus because you do not want to be persecuted? Are you avoiding trouble at all costs?

Or are you willing to be a witness of Jesus to those around you, regardless of what happens?

Jesus was persecuted and He promised His followers will be persecuted. Do not run from it, but keep walking forward, knowing God is in control. God can use that persecution to spread His word.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be His witness to this world; that you will not fear the trouble the world will give; and that God will strengthen you in times of trouble and persecution to be His witness. 

 

Philippians 1:12 All For A Purpose

 

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Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. Philippians 1:12

Things that appear to be bad happen to people on a regular basis. Questions always arise as to why bad things occur to good people. These types of questions arise with both believers and non-believers.

A person who has been generous with his time and money all of his life, suddenly gets cancer. A person who has always been kind and generous loses his job and house. A generous and serving person ends up in a major life-changing accident. In each of these people are always asking why did it happen.

None of these things has anything to do with whether a person is a believer or not.

Add all of those things to a believer and a believer must deal with more events. A strong believer, who is a constant witness for Jesus, who runs from all sin, is suddenly put in prison, or is fired because of his belief. Or the believer is put through a lot of problems and harassment because of his belief in Jesus.

Paul had a major event in his life. He had been faithful to God in spreading the gospel message of Jesus. He never did any harm to anyone. Yet, he was put in prison. The Philippian church was wondering what had happened and why it occurred.

Paul used that time in prison to spread the gospel. He did fight back or get angry at the people or God for being in prison. He used that time there to be a witness to everyone in the prison, both prisoners and guards. As a result it spread the gospel message into a new area.

There will come times of major catastrophes in your life. It may mean major change in living, position, health, or many other areas. God does not always reveal why it happens, but one thing that can always occur because of it is the spreading of the gospel message.

That event may bring you to new people to tell about Jesus. Your actions and reactions to the situation will be a witness of your belief and trust in God.

Do not get discouraged or angry at God or the world. Use that event to help spread the gospel message to all the world. It can have an eternal purpose.

I pray today that you will know God is with you; that you will see events through the eyes of God; that you will use everything as an opportunity to be God’s witness; and that God will reach many people through you.

Ephesians 4:1 Live Up To Your Calling

 

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As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1

In many parts of the world, people who are in certain positions in life are expected to live a certain way. It is most commonly seen in extremely wealthy people. They are expected to dress and act a certain way to be in line with their wealth and position.

There are organizations that have sets of rules on how a person must live his life outside of the group. These rules are set in place because every person a part of the group is a representative of the group. No one is expected to live in a way that gives the group a bad name.

The types of rules will vary from group to group. Not all groups have a written set of rules, since many are just unwritten rules, they are unwritten expectations.

As Paul wrote this letter he was sitting in prison. He could have been bitter and angry about being in prison. He could have given up on God, because he was in prison. Yet, he encourages the people to still live a life worthy of their calling.

Every believer is called to be a witness of God. They are God’s representatives here on this earth to every person that they meet. God’s standards are ones of love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and holiness. The actual standards are ones of perfection, not mediocrity.

Some believers will go to church every week and even know many of the Bible verses and stories, yet, do not live according to what God wants. They are not living a life worthy of God’s calling on their life. They live just as the world does, while claiming to believe in Jesus.

If you have accepted Jesus into your life, you have also been called to higher level of living. The standard is to live just as Jesus lived His life when He walked on this earth. You have been called to be God’s ambassador on this earth.

That is the highest calling a person can ever receive. Nothing is greater than that. You represent the Creator of all the universe.

As God’s representative, how are you living your life? Is it measuring up to the standards God has called you?

Or are you an embarrassment to God, living like the world?

Live up to your calling.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the standards God has for you; that you will be God’s representative on this earth; and that you will live a life worthy to what God has called you to live.