Revelation 3:21 The Reward Of Being Victorious

 

Award

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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Revelation 4:9-10 Falling Down

“Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:” Revelation 4:9-10

Yesterday you started to see a part of the vision that John had of heaven. You saw the four living creatures worshipping God around the clock. Now you see twenty-four elders worshipping God also.

It will not be debated here as to who those twenty-four elders are, but it will be looked at what they did. Notice that every time the living creatures give any glory, honor or thanks to God what these elders did. They would fall down before God, worship Him, and place their crowns before Him.

Think about how often this happened. The living creatures were proclaiming praise in a single sentence over and over, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, for all time. Each time they finished their sentence these elders would fall down, worship, and lay their crowns down. Then they would get up and it would start over again.

Falling down is a laying yourself before God. When you are laying down you are vulnerable to those around you. You cannot defend yourself or fight back. You are at the mercy of the one before you.

Along with falling down they placed their crowns before God. This implies that these elders had some position of power and authority. Yet, before God, they laid down that position and authority. They yielded complete control to God.

These elders saw and understood the holiness of God. They did not take God lightly or as just God. They saw Him as God Almighty, the one in absolute control.

Today you need to lay yourself before God. Allow Him to have absolute control over your life. Make yourself vulnerable to God. Worship Him with everything in you. Worship Him around the clock. Every moment of your day realize who He is and who you are.

I pray that today you will be able to yield complete control to God; that you will lay down your own power before God; that you will worship God with your whole life; that God will reveal more of Himself to you; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

***If you have a need to be prayed for, please leave a comment on my Prayer Request page for me to lift them up before God. May God bless you!***

Revelation 4:8 Holy Is God

“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is, and is to come.” Revelation 4:8

In this chapter you are given a small vision of heaven. God is on the throne and around the throne were some living creatures with wings.

This sight must have been amazing. Just a few verses before this one you are told that there was lightning and thunder coming from the throne. This is a sign of great power. There may have been some fear in John’s heart as he saw this vision of heaven and God’s throne.

Now comes this verse telling you what these living creatures were saying. They describe God as holy. Not only do they say it once, but three times each time they make the statement. Along with the three times in each statement this statement is repeated over and over, day and night, never-ending. They do not get tired of making that statement.

Why would they continue to say this? They realize how holy God really is. God is perfectly holy. There is no shadow of wrong in Him at all.

There are some people who will say God is not really good because of something bad that happened in their life. Others will say God is just a good God.

God is more than just good…He is perfect, without any sin. This is difficult for some people to accept. When you look at a person, you can always find some fault somewhere in their life. However, looking at God, you will never find any fault at all in Him.

Once you can get this idea of how holy God really is, you will also be able to say with the living creatures “holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty.” You will not only say it but be able to say it day and night, never-ending.

As you see how holy God is, you will then see how horribly sinful you are. As you begin to see how horribly sinful you are, you will see your need for the salvation Jesus provided for you. You will also see how much God loves you in providing that salvation for you. It rolls around again to seeing how holy God is in providing that salvation for you.

I pray today that God will give you a vision of how holy He is; that you will seek to be holy as God is holy; that you will grasp the holiness that Jesus provides for you; and that you will never get tired of worshipping God in word and deed.

***If you have a prayer requests that you would like me to pray about with you, please post them on my Prayer Request page. May God bless you!