“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. . .
The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.”
I would say it’s most likely ALL who read this blog are aware we are in dire times, with things getting even more difficult in these final days. Now, a few curious ones may stumble across this blog, wondering what this is all about, but . . . most know:
WE ARE IN THE FINAL DAYS THE BIBLE TOLD US ABOUT.
So, what can we do, to help us not be pulled down into grief? A grief which is very real for those of us who are truly following Jesus and feel His heart. We can remember this:
JESUS IS COMING BACK and this life is only a temporary training ground, for eternity.
Look at this life like living in a college dorm room, with room mates that can be annoying (go head, you can chuckle at that one).
Hey, you know you aren’t going to live in that dorm room up to and through your retirement years, now are you? NO!!!
So. . . . we REALLY MUST get the Heavenly Perspective of this TEMPORARY TRAINING TIME for ETERNITY
(or for the more geeky/nerdy types like me, let’s call it T3E . . . LOL).
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”
We’re like a spritz of life’s hairspray and POOF . . stepping into eternity.
ARE YOU READY?
SO. . . back to —–> How do we get this Heavenly Perspective we truly need, to help lift us up and remember what AMAZING ETERNITY we face as TRUE believers and followers of Jesus? Well. .. let’s choose one of them. . . . . .
——–> Let’s look at Heaven’s “BLING” for Believers: CROWNS *
CROWN OF LIFE
James 1:12 – “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
Revelation 2:10 – “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
1 Corinthians 9:25 – “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”
CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
2 Timothy 4:7-8 – “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
CROWN OF JOY
Philippians 4:1 – “Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.”
1 Thessalonians 2:19 – “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?”
CROWN OF GLORY
1 Peter 5:4 – “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”
——–> WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH ALL OF THESE CROWNS?
We get to join the AMAZING Heavenly Worship of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ, by casting those crowns at His feet.
Revelation 4:8-11 –
“And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within;
and day and night they do not cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.”
And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne,
to Him who lives forever and ever,
the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne,
and will worship Him who lives forever and ever,
and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power;
for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”
——-> HERE’S A QUESTION FOR YOU:
Are you ready to step into eternity and face Jesus Christ, the KING of Kings and the LORD of Lords? HE WILL JUDGE YOU!!!
EVERYBODY WILL FACE HIM. . . . .Will you be getting a crown?
OR – – – will you be getting a “Depart from Me, I never knew you?”
IT’S UP TO YOU . . . YOUR CHOICE . . . DO YOU KNOW JESUS LIKE A BRIDE KNOWS HER BRIDEGROOM?
—-> That’s the test . . knowing His heart and being in love with Jesus. . . . which is OBEYING HIM . . .picking up our cross DAILY and following Him.
We MUST turn away from ALL sin . . REPENT. . . ask the LORD JESUS to forgive us. If we don’t? We will NOT be a part of the Kingdom of Heaven. SIN is an AUTOMATIC BARRIER to YOUR relationship with King Jesus.
We MUST also FORGIVE ALL who have sinned against us. If we don’t? We will NOT be a part of the Kingdom of Heaven. Unforgiveness is an AUTOMATIC BARRIER to YOUR relationship with King Jesus.
NO man-made doctrine, or “flavor” of “church” that one attends, or having some assigned name (Pastor Thus-and-so. . . . Prophet This-and-that. . . Apostle All-of-that . . . Evangelist Get-me-that . . . Teacher I’ll-take-that . . . Bishop I’ll-claim-that) or anything else. . will get you into Heaven. .. NO NOT ANY OF THAT!!!!
ONLY A TRUE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.
DO YOU KNOW HIM?
“I See the LORD” by Lindell Cooley
“Crown Him With Many Crowns”
Teaching Link about the Five Crowns –
* Crown photos are for illustration purposes only . . . these are not necessarily representations of the actual crowns given to believers in Heaven.
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