Our Rewards our His Crowns

Today message summary from Pastor Gus Brown:
After we have lived our lifetime and stayed the course, the believer in Jesus Christ will receive a reward. We will readily recognize that Jesus Christ is the one that deserves the glory for our successes and achievements. The mature believers today understand this very fact.
Revelation 4:10-11
10 the 24 elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, worship the One who lives forever and ever, cast their crowns before the throne, and say:
11 Our Lord and God,
You are worthy to receive
glory and honor and power,
because You have created all things,
and because of Your will
they exist and were created.
Crowns are not promised for angels, but only to the redeemed in Christ. The crowns of righteousness, joy, life, glory, and the incorruptible crowns ate those that describe the life that we lived.God promises rewards to those who serve Jesus Christ faithfully.
Hebrews 11:6
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.
To seek:
To search out–investigate, crave, worship and seek after the work of God in all life situations.We see how God is honored through all of the mess and difficulties we experience.How are we to live through life and experience God through all of this?God promises the rewards:Proverbs 24:19-20
19 Don’t be agitated by evildoers,
and don’t envy the wicked.
20 For the evil have no future;
the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

Psalm 91:7-8
7 Though a thousand fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand,
the pestilence will not reach you.
8 You will only see it with your eyes
and witness the punishment of the wicked.

Isaiah 40:10
See, the Lord God comes with strength,
and His power establishes His rule.
His reward is with Him,
and His gifts accompany Him.

Matthew 16:17
And Jesus responded, “Simon son of Jonah, you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven.

You can be disqualified from receiving a crown (this does not pertain to losing your salvation). How?

Revelation 3:11
I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one takes your crown.

Colossians 2:18-19
18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on ascetic practices and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm and inflated without cause by his unspiritual mind. 19 He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth from God.

With false humility and, as a result, false worship, you lose your connection with Jesus Christ.

Matthew 6:1-3
1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! 3 But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.

In Matthew 6, the rewards are referenced six different times.

Colossians 3:23-25
23 Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.

Do you understand the privilege that you have in serving The Lord Jesus Christ? Working for Him is all to be done for His glory and honor. Your rewards come from your positive and praise-worthy behavior, which glorifies Jesus Christ.

We all will appear before Jesus to receive what is due to us, whether it is good or bad (all who acknowledge Christ as Savior have eternal life):

2 Corinthians 5:10

For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.

The good–
Romans 3:12
Matthew 19:17
Romans 7:18, 21-25
Philippians 1:6

Ephesians 2:10
For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.

In Revelation 4:10-11, who are the 24 elders? Some speculate it is the raptured church. Others refer to the 12 patriarchs of the Old Testament and the 12 Apostles of the New Testament. Some say that they represent the faithful servants of Jesus.

What they do before the throne:
1. They fall down in a prostrate position. They understand that they are not worthy to be in His presence.
2. They worship Him.
3. They lay their crowns before His throne as they recognize that it was Christ.
4. They make statements including “You are worthy.”
5. They acknowledge He created all things.

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About melvingaines

I am a communications professional, author and inspirational speaker with experience as a business owner and corporate management for over 25 years. I am a member of the National Association of Black Accountants and served as President of the National Association of Credit Management, Greater Akron (OH). I have also been a member of the American Collectors Association International, Inc. and the Commercial Law League of America. I am presently a Sunday school instructor at Akron Alliance Fellowship Church in Akron and moderate over numerous bible studies and church cell group sessions. My degree is in Business and Organizational Communication from The University of Akron, and I am working on my M.A. in Christian Studies with Crown College (MN). My hometown is Cleveland (the center of the universe) and I am married to my lovely childhood sweetheart, Lynn. View all posts by melvingaines

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