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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1 John 2:4 Do Your Really Know God?

 

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Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 1 John 2:4

Claiming to know a person is easy to say. It is common to hear about someone who has met someone else one time and they claim to know that person. Or they have read a lot about that person and they claim to know that person. While they may know a little about that person, they really don’t know that person, unless a lot of time is spent with that person in person.

Claims are easy to make, because they are just words. It takes more than just words to know a person.

All over the world there are people who claim to know God. Many will even go to church on a regular basis, carry a bible and be able to quote the bible. As they claim to know God and will talk about Him, they will also live their lives in willful sin and refuse to do what He is asking them to do. Others will claim to know him, will flee sin, yet, will not do what He asks them to do.

John says that if a person does not do what God asks of him, he really does not know God.

God’s love, mercy and goodness is so great that if a person really knows God, he will know His love, mercy and goodness. Knowing those things will cause a person to want to serve Him and obey Him.

Very few people want to hurt someone who really loves them. They want to do good to that person who loves them. God’s love is greater than any love a person can give. Jesus gave His life for each person.

If you, as a believer, claim to know God and really know His love for you, then you will want to obey Him in every area of your life, with every thing He says.

Do not be the one who claims to know God, yet, will not do what He says to do. Be the one who will do whatever God tells you to do. Show God the love for Him that He shows for you by your obedience.

Ask yourself how well you really know God today. Do you know His great, infinite love for you?

Are you showing you really know God by your obedience and love to Him?

I pray today that you will know God’s love to you; that you will know God’s commands to you; that you will do what God commands; and that you will love God as He loves you. 

James 2:19 Even The Demons Believe

 

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You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder. James 2:19

Belief in a god is common around the world. The majority of people believe in some type of god. In some areas the number of those who believe in a god is higher than other areas, but it is common everywhere.

Although the numbers appear to be dropping, there is a high majority of people in America who claim to believe that there is a god or God out there. As many believe this, they will also say that one cannot really know this god or God.

Looking at people who claim to believe that there is God, James tells them that is good, but it is not enough. Even Satan and the demons believe that God is real. Satan has met with God personally more than one time over the centuries. There is no doubt in their minds at all that God is real, but they do not serve Him or have faith in Him.

The demons believe and shudder. They fear God, because they know that He is the ultimate power and authority in all of the universe. They know that in the end they will be judged by their actions and refusal to obey Him.

There is more to faith than just saying one believes that God exists. While many people claim to believe in God, very few actually live as though they believe it. They do not give God the authority in their life that He deserves. They openly and proudly do actions that are against God. They refuse to obey Him. They don’t see God as One who will judge their actions in the end.

Right before this verse, James talked about showing faith through actions. As a believer, you must do more than just claim to believe in God or Jesus, you must act upon it.

These actions are being His witness at every possible opportunity. It is obeying every command He gives you. It is showing love and mercy to every person, whether family, friend, enemy or stranger.

Be willing to show the world that you believe in God, not just claim it. Do not be like many in this world who only claim to believe in Him. Be separate and different from the rest of the world and even many in the church.

Really believe in God and act upon it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God’s word and commands; that you will act upon your belief in God; and that your life will show that you believe in God.

Luke 7:22 Don’t Stumble, Be Blessed

 

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“Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Luke 7:22

Jesus had been going around healing the sick, casting out demonic spirits and giving back sight to the blind. John the Baptist sent some men to find out if Jesus was the one they were to expect. Jesus told them to report what they see and told them that any who does not stumble because of Him will be blessed.

People all over the world hear of things that Jesus said and did. As they hear these things, some will choose to follow Him, while others will reject Him right away.

There are many who choose to follow Him, but only for a time. As they read the Bible more and go to church more, they begin to hear what Jesus said. As they hear the things Jesus taught, many will begin to stumble and fall away.

The words and teachings of Jesus are not always easy to follow or accept. His words go against the main thoughts and ways of this world. The world is always talking about looking out for self. Jesus taught one is to deny himself.

The world teaches that a person can strike a person back who has hurt him. Jesus taught to love that person, rather than striking back.

The world teaches to get all the money one can for himself. Jesus taught to give generously to God and everyone in need.

These are just a few of the teachings that Jesus taught that go against the ways of this world. Many people have a difficult time accepting them or actually putting them into practice. Every week people go to church and hear about what God says in the Bible, but only a few actually do what He says to do.

This is a stumbling in their walk with God. To love God, is to obey Him. Not following His commands is not loving God and they are stumbling.

Think about your life and how well you follow, or don’t follow, God’s commands for you. Are you allowing yourself to stumble?

If you are not stumbling over His words, you will be blessed. God only has your very best in mind when He gives you a command. Trust Him and follow Him with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Do not allow yourself to stumble over His words and be blessed.

I pray today that you will know God’s heart for you; that you will trust God’s commands to you; that you will not stumble over the words of God; and that you will be His witness in this world.

Luke 2:14 Peace…For Some

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“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

The night that Jesus was born, some angels appeared to some shepherds in a field nearby. The angels told the shepherds that a savior had been born and how they would be able to find Him. They also began to praise God and proclaimed peace on those whom His favor rests.

The portion of this verse that is commonly quoted is “peace on the earth.” People like to hear about there being peace on this earth. This is even more encouraging to people who in an area of much turmoil or war.

Christians, along with many other people are desiring peace around the world. They want to see and end to war and fighting. This is a good thing to desire, but the angels never proclaimed peace all over the whole earth.

The angels proclaimed peace only upon those whom His favor rests. Not everyone on this earth has God’s favor. Not even everyone inside a church has His unmerited favor. Any person who has not repented of their sins and chosen to follow Jesus is an enemy of God. Where there are two enemies, there can never be peace.

Two enemies are always at war with each other, as long as they are enemies. God will always be at war with anyone who does not follow Him or obey Him. There are some who do not follow Jesus, but do not openly speak against Him, they are still enemies with God. If one does not follow and obey God, He does not love God, thus an enemy.

The peace the angels proclaimed is to be with those on whom His favor rests. God gives favor to those who love, obey and follow Jesus. Only those who have chosen to turn away from their own sins and self are truly following Jesus and thus receive His favor and peace.

As long as you are at war with God, you will not know peace.

If you are looking for peace, draw closer to Jesus. Become more like Him in following and obeying Him. It is then that God’s favor will rest upon you and you will know His peace. This is a peace that is peaceful regardless of what is going on in your life or in this world. A peace not everyone has.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live at peace with God; that you will love and obey God with all of your life; and that you will share that peace with others.

 

Mark 3:35 Are You A Part Of His Family?

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Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother. Mark 3:35

As Jesus was talking His mother and brothers came up wanting to see Him. Some people told Him that they were waiting. He then asked the question of who His family was. Then He answered His question with stating that those who do His will is part of His family.

Family blood runs deep with some families. Those who are related by blood will often do whatever is needed to protect and take care of other members of the family.

One illustration of dedicated family is of the mafia families that are often portrayed in movies. They are seen to take care of family members, as long as the member does his part as a member of the family. If one member of the family betrays the other members of the family, he is often cut off from the family. In the movies, that person is often killed.

People are born into being selfish and sinful, doing their own thing rather than what God wants them to do. At that point, people are not a part of God’s family. They are a part of the family of the devil or this world.

To be a part of God’s family one must do what God wants that person to do. God wants people to believe in His Son Jesus, who died on the cross for their sins. He wants them to listen to Jesus and obey all that He says. 

Once a person gives his heart to Jesus, he has repented of his sins and begins to obey God. This obedience is doing God’s will. At that point he is now a member of God’s family. He is either a brother, sister or mother to Jesus, with God the Father being the Father of all.

Doing His will is easy, if you allow it to be. It comes down to two simple rules: love God and love everyone else. This is exactly what Jesus did when He came and walked upon this earth. He loved God by obeying what He wanted Him to do. He loved everyone else by dying for their sins on the cross.

How are you doing at doing what God wants you to do?

The more you do what He wants, the more you are a part of the family of Jesus. Are you a part of His family?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God; that you will do what He wants you to do; and that you will love God and everyone else.

Matthew 1:20 Doing Something Crazy

But after he had considered this, an angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:20

A young girl named Mary and a young man named Joseph were engaged to be married. While they were waiting for the time to be married, God does a miracle in Mary and causes her to be pregnant. This creates an ugly situation for Joseph, since they are not married. Either they did things together that they were not supposed to do before marriage, or she cheated on him before marriage.

After choosing to quietly divorce her, God appears to Joseph and tells him that what is happened is by His own doing. God tells Joseph to stay with her and that this child will be a savior to the people.

In this popular, well-known story of the Bible, Joseph is asked to do something by God that is crazy. This could look very bad for Mary and Joseph, no matter which path Joseph takes. If he divorces her, she was a bad person and he chose a bad person. If he stays in the engagement, then they both look bad for doing something before marriage they were not supposed to do. Yet, Joseph hears God, obeys Him and trusts Him. The rest of the story is the salvation provided by Jesus.

There may be times in your life when God will ask you to do something that is out of the ordinary and is crazy. From the viewpoint of the world, it does not look safe or wise. However, God is looking from the viewpoint of heaven, above everything. God always knows what is going on and what the best plan of action is.

God’s ways and thoughts are way above anything any person can come up with. God may be asking you to be a witness to someone, who is known to be dangerous. Or to be a witness at your workplace where people don’t like God. Or some other challenging thing to do.

You have a choice to make: Will you follow and obey God, trusting Him? Or will you ignore His request and not trust Him?

Be willing to do the crazy thing God asks of you, it may be what changes the world.

I pray today that you will hear God’s voice; that you will trust God’s directions; that you will not fear obeying God; and that God will use you to change this world for Him.