Begin your time with God in prayer:
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart:
It’s tempting to focus more on our earthly endeavors because our rewards are tangible. We can get them now. So for the next few days, we are going to look at some of the rewards (crowns) that are available in heaven for God’s children.
Read James 1:12
How does one receive the crown of life?
Read 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
What was Paul’s crown of boasting (exultation) in verse 19?
How did Paul describe the people in the Thessalonian church (vs.20)?
To whom have you ministered that have brought joy to your heart?
"Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good." I Peter 4:19
As we seek to live our lives for Jesus and reach out to those who don’t know Him, we’ll encounter trials. We persevere by entrusting our soul to our faithful creator and continuing to walk by faith. The end result will be crowns in heaven.
Apply God’s Word to your life:
· Where do you face trials in your walk with God?
· How might Satan be trying to deter you from serving in ministry?
· What can you do to stand firm in the midst of trials?
· Who has God put in your life to invite to church or lead to Christ?
Father, I praise You that You care about the lost. Forgive me for all the times I’ve pulled back in trials. Help me to persevere in faith. Give me the strength to continue to reach out even when it’s hard. I would like to have the same joy that Peter had. Amen.
Related verses to meditate on:
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:2-4
"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm." Ephesians 6:13
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16
Posted on Thu, January 14, 2016
by Sam Petitfils