Open to Phil 3:14 we must press to the prize; 2 Cor 5:10 Judgment seat good or bad; Revelation 4 cast crowns.

I. CROWNS ARE FOR CHRISTIANS. There are five.
A. The Crown of life to all who love the Lord Jesus Christ and persevere to the end. The perseverance of saints is proof of salvation. [last week] Faithful Witness who is loyal unto death gets the Crown of Life in Revelation. 2:10; James 1:12.
B. The Crown of rejoicing consists of people won for Christ. The unselfish Worker who faithfully wins souls gets the Crown of Honor in I Thess.2:19; Phil 4:1. Note the background of this crown.
1. Acts 16 Phillipi and beaten
2. Acts 17 was a 97-mile walk
3. Three plus weeks of ministry
4. This was the letter back to them.
5. The only things we can take with us are people! Are you taking anyone with you? Who, your friends, neighbors, children?
C. The Steadfast Racer that resists all Disqualifiers gets the Unfading Crown of Self-Control in I Cor. 9:25-27.
1. This is the crown for holy living as in Romans 6:6-14.
2. This is the crown for focused living as in Hebrews 12:1-2.
3. Some of the principles of this kind of life may be found in Hans Finzels’ book Baby Boomers.
a) GUARD AGAINST THE APATHY OF AFFLUENCE Revelation. 3:17
(1) self-sufficiency
(2) independence
(3) spiritual indifference
b) VALUE RELATIONSHIPS OVER AND ABOVE FINANCIAL GAIN Phil 4:1; I Th. 2:19-20.
c) DREAM ABOUT WINNING THE ULTIMATE PRIZE Matthew 25:21-23 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. (KJV) Luke 21:1-4 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. 3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: 4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had. (KJV) Philippians 3:14 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (KJV)
d) RUB SHOULDERS WITH THE LESS FORTUNATE TO REMIND US THAT THE MORE WE HAVE THE MORE WE NEED TO GIVE I Tim 6:18-19
e) FOCUS ON THE SECRET OF GODLY CONTENTMENT I Tim 6:6-8
f) Are you holy and focused? On what?
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3 COMMENTS

  1. If you keep Easter instead of PASSOVER you get no crown . If you teach your kids to wasted egg hunt you get no crown . If you keep Christmas instead of tabernacles you get no crown if you keep satan's Sunday sabbath you get no crown ect. You simply get saved and spend eternity naked or with nothing to show

  2. Was just speaking with a friend about God and praying…. huge storm all night & day. During my prayer, clouds opened & a ray of sun came upon my face. HE HEARS ME!!!

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