Monday, June 24, 2013

Word of the Day... June 24, 2013...

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“I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”  Revelation 3:11

This was from my devotional last week and I really felt led to share it with you. It is Pastor Greg Laurie’s Devotional and I get really blessed when I read it.

Did you know that it is possible to have a saved soul and a lost life? A saved soul means that you are saved because you believe in Jesus and not because of the works you do. You have turned from your sin and put your faith in Christ. And God has a plan for your life: He wants you to serve Him.

But a lot of Christians don't do that much for the Lord, though they should. And this means they have a lost life. The Bible says that we will stand before God one day, and our work will be tested to see what sort it is (see 1 Corinthians 3:12–14). If it is built on the wrong foundation, then it will be burned up, but our soul will be saved.

Jesus said, "I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown" (Revelation 3:11). Hold fast. Hang on. Don't let go. Don't relax your grip. If you do, you could lose your crown.

The crown is a symbol of rewards that are awaiting Christians. To lose your crown means to lose your reward. The Bible speaks of a crown that God gives for our faithfulness to Him (see Revelation 3:11). First Thessalonians 2:19 mentions a crown of rejoicing, which would appear to be a crown for winning souls. Then, in 2 Timothy 4:8, there is a crown of righteousness. James 1:12 speaks of a crown of life for enduring temptation and persevering under trial.

These are the rewards God will give to each of us. But how sad it will be for those who stand before Him on that day and have nothing to show for the life that was given to them.

I believe that we are in the last of the last days and that Jesus is coming very soon.  I would love it if there was no one left behind.  I really believe that if each one of us shared Jesus with one person, it would rock this world!!!

So when you are out and see someone who is sad or stressed out.  Something as simple as a smile could change their whole day.  If they ask you why you are so happy tell them.  Because Jesus saved my life and I am free from the fear of where I will spend my eternity.

 If they ask you how pray with them. Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!

 I hope that you all have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!


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