TOPIC: LETTER TO THE PHILADELPHIAN CHURCH 2
MEMORISE: “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” – (Matthew 24:13)
READ: Revelation 3:11-13 (KJV)
Behold, I come quickly; hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. -(Revelation 3:11)
Jesus Christ said that it is possible for someone to take a crown that was prepared for another person. It is possible for a Christian to have worked very hard for God, but lose the crown to someone else due to carelessness and not being watchful. I pray this will not be your portion in Jesus’ name. Nobody else will take the fruits of your labour in the Kingdom of God, in Jesus’ name.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. – (Matthew 24:12-13)
There is no medal for starting the race – it comes when you finish it. If you drop out of the race and God chooses someone else to finish it for you, the fellow will get all your medals. In the name of Jesus, nobody else will get the crown that I have been working for in the Kingdom of God all these years. I want to say like Paul; I have finished my race, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).
I heard a story about fifty Christians who were being tortured by soldiers. The soldiers took the Christians to a very cold lake, stripped them naked and told them to get into the water. The soldiers then made a big bonfire beside the lake. They told the Christians that whenever any of them was ready to deny Jesus, they could come out of the lake and warm themselves by the fire. The Christians resisted and at some point, they were close to death.
Suddenly, fifty angels appeared with crowns in their hands and they were moving towards these Christians in the lake. The Christians could not see them. It was at that point that one of the Christians thought he could no longer resist the cold so he denied Jesus and, as he was coming out of the lake, the angel who brought his crown was about to turn back to heaven when one of the soldiers who had seen the angel turning back put off his own clothes and jumped into the lake, thereby claiming the crown that the other fellow had lost.
I tell you my brethren from the depth of my heart, hold fast to the end so that no one else would take your crown.
Hold fast to the end so that no one else would take your crown.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Isaiah 50 – 54