Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Crown Him with Many Crowns
Our Bible Study teacher at
Open Door Church, desired to go further in the study of crowns we may receive.I took notes and present an edited lesson
here for you.
“Salvation is a gift, but it
comes with responsibilities.
Don’t worry if you are
persecuted, as were the prophets of old.Persecution brings a reward.
Matthew 5:10-12Blessed are those who are
persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are you when they revile and
persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your
reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The Pilgrims from England came to America to have religious freedom.
Luke 6:22-23 Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast
out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap
for joy!For indeed your reward is
great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.
Our Teacher asked; Have you ever suffered persecution in any form? Several students spoke of examples in their lives.
Let your good works glorify
Paul says to forget the past
and go forward toward the goal.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it(his crown and
reward) yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what
lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,the prize of the upward call of God in Christ
Moses refused to be part of Egypt’s world
but rather chose to be known and acquainted with his own people of God.
The reproach of Christ was
greater riches than the respect of Egypt.
Our teacher gave an
illustration about an airplane on its way to Korea with a small error in
navigation. At first the error was hardly noticeable, but eventually after
several hours they ended up in Russian Air Space and were shot down; at a great
loss of lives.
We as Christians cannot
afford to allow our walk to be detoured even by things that seem innocent at
first.We must keep our eyes on Jesus
and the goal before us.
James instructs us to count
it all joy when temptation comes, because the trying of our faith works
patience.Overcomers will receive the
Crown of Life.
James 1:12Blessed is the man that endures
temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the
Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Take correction and learn
from it.Have a teachable spirit and
heed the voice of the Holy Spirit.
In reviewing the crowns we
are reminded the Scriptures mention many crowns which are symbols of honor, power and
We cannot earn these crowns,
and of ourselves we cannot be good enough.We must understand and realize that our righteousness is of Him.He has given us all things.
It is important to go forward
and share the Gospel of Good News by our words, and by our example.