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OVERCOMER CROWN-OF-LIFE TRUTH

Esther Helland’s father was an overcomer who founded Project Amazon (PAZ – meaning peace in Portuguese) that works in partnership with all organizations like Joyce Meyer Ministries and Samaritan’s Purse/Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc. They were a big part in BGEA’s My Hope Project of 2008.

Esther’s father died in Brazil at the age of 44 in 1944. His by-plane hit a tail wind and crashed. Early in his life, he had a dream where Jesus asked if there was anyone in this crowd who would be willing to die for him. No one raised a hand except her dad. He woke up in sweat knowing he’d had a visitation from the Lord. His whole life he mentioned off and on to his family to expect him to die young. He knew he would be a martyr, but it was very difficult for his family.

Esther was born and raised in Brazil. Her brothers are leading in the planting of churches in all the little villages along the Amazon.  Their mother remarried and is a missionary in Japan. Esther and her husband Aaron and their four children moved back there almost ten years ago. Their mission? To bring the vision to a close – for all of Brazil to be saved!

When the Hellands returned, it was estimated that only 35,000 more villages were left to be evangelized. Today, they have a Christian president and are close to seeing their Father’s vision materialized. And the family’s testimony lives on––with one member wearing a CROWN OF LIFE in heaven.

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For an introduction to the 5 Eternal Crown Rewards and their meanings, with links to the article about them, click this link for a nice printable summary>>5 ETERNAL CROWN REWARDS.

THE OVERCOMER WILL RECEIVE REWARDS IN HEAVEN

All five crowns are referred to as imperishable and are victor crowns for those who overcome. Whether there are actually five crowns when we get to heaven, or all five are rolled up into the one CROWN OF LIFE, we will find out one day soon. For me, I want to know about all five mentioned in the Bible, so I can be ready to come face to face with Jesus––without any regrets. How about you?

The Crown of Life is described in Revelation 2:10: “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” This crown is the reward for the Christian who is faithful until death – whether that death is natural or not.

The nickname for this crown is ‘the martyr’s crown’ which caught on early, because most Christians in the days after Jesus was martyred were martyred also. All the disciples were killed; one was not: John.

John was banished to the isle of Patmos because of his testimony of Jesus. He had a vision, wrote the book of Revelation and sent it to the seven churches in Asia. He later died and was buried in Ephesus as an old man.[i] It’s certain he received the crown of life as well.

The character and spiritual makeup of this Christian can be described as follows:

THE OVERCOMER PERSEVERES

To fully understand this crown, we need to read the full Scripture: To the persecuted church in Smyrna, John wrote: “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10: NKJV).

The root Greek word for tested is peirazō which means to try, to prove and “describes the testing of the believer’s loyalty, strength, opinions, disposition, condition, faith, patience of character. Peirazō determines which way one is going and what one is made of”[ii]

James 1:12 tells us this person is blessed because he preserves under trial; for once he has been approved [or passed the test], he will receive the crown of life.

Do you feel you’ve ever been in a trial where you know God was trying to see how you would respond––what you were made of?

SEE>>Tested Through the Refiner’s Fire of Jehovah-Jireh: HERE

THE OVERCOMER ENDURES UNDER TRIAL

Perseverance moves us to endurance under trial as James said. Jesus tells us in Matthew 24 what to expect in the days we are living in. The first sign of the times is deception; then, wars and rumors of wars; nations rising against nations; tribulation to be killed and hated by all nations for Jesus’ sake; betrayal and hate of one another; and false prophets will deceive many.

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 24:12-13).

The root word for endures is hupomeno: “to hold one’s ground in conflict, bear up against adversity, hold out under stress, stand firm, persevere under pressure, wait calmly and courageously. It is not passive resignation to fate and mere patience, but the active energetic resistance to defeat that allows calm and brave endurance.”[iii]

“Treasure your moments when you are the only one who believes, when you are the only one standing; you were just given a gift. In other words, if all you are left with is God, consider that a gift.” ––Brian JohnsonClick to Tweet

THE OVERCOMER PATIENTLY ENDURES UNTIL THE END

The apostle Paul wrote in Hebrews 6 that it was time to go on to perfection beyond the elementary principles of salvation. What follows salvation, or merely obtaining our ‘fire insurance’ is this:

10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,

12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Paul goes on to recount the promise and blessings given to Abraham,

15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise [of multiplication,: a child, a nation, a land].

“Do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” This encompasses the character and disposition of the overcomer: This Christian is busy helping to care for others’ needs; not lazy, but 100 percent surrendered to Jesus Christ.

Overcomers from the Bible

So, let’s look at a few overcomers from the Bible in order to see some examples. What did they endure, and what was the result?

Heb. 11:2  Abel: by faith, obtained a good testimony and a witness that he was righteous. Being dead, he still speaks. He was the first martyr, killed by his brother Cain

Heb. 11:5 Enoch: by faith did not see death but was not found, his testimony was that he pleased God and God took him.

Heb. 11:7 Noah: By faith prepared the ark and saved his family, by which he condemned the world and obtained righteousness which comes by faith.

Heb. 11:39 “And all these obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise.”

Look at that! They did not receive the promise personally, but they endured by BEING faithful until death; thereby obtaining a good testimony that lives on and on to the next generation. Their lives still speak, and their testimony is recorded and bearing fruit–just as Missionary Helland’s life.

THE OVERCOMER CROWN-OF-LIFE REWARD GOES TO THE FAITHFUL MARTYR

The crown of life reward goes to martyrs and faithful Christians who endure and persevere until death. John records to the church at Pergamos in Revelation 2 about Antipas who was a faithful martyr.

The lives of faithful martyrs still speak in our present day: Remember the image of 21 Egyptian Christians with the orange jumpsuits facing beheading in 2015?

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity, an academic research center that monitors worldwide demographic trends in Christianity, estimates that between the years 2005 and 2015, 900,000 Christians were martyred — an average of 90,000 Christians each year.

The center explained the definition of “martyr” it used for its study. Two of the qualifying factors for “martyr” is that the slain Christians must have been in a “situation of witness” and have been killed “as a result of hostility.”[iv] They leave behind a testimony of a witness.

Before many martyrs accept Christ, they know they are facing immediate death. Evangelist Daniel Kolenda, of Christ for all Nations, reports of a young lady who accepted Jesus in his crusade in Muslim territory, returned home and was murdered by her father. Her witness lives on. Missionary Helland’s death was not immediate, but he knew what he was facing.

It’s impossible to name today’s many martyrs. Mainstream media ignores those martyred in Nigeria, who have no one to help them. During 2018, more than 6,000 were killed by Boko Haram, and genocide is threatening them.

Especially relevant, Revelation 6:11 says that martyrs in heaven are told to rest a little while longer until the full number of their fellow servants and brothers join them.

THE OVERCOMER CROWN-OF-LIFE REWARD GOES TO THE FAITHFUL SERVANT

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Epaphras and Tychicus were hailed and recorded as faithful servants and bond-servants by Paul in the book of Colossians but not because they were martyred. Moses is said to have been faithful in all his house as a servant, for a testimony, yet, not a martyr. He gave his life for God’s mission to set His people free from bondage and take them to the Promised Land.

To two out of three servants, the master said twice in Chapter 25 of Matthew: “‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’” (Matt. 25:21 and 23). The third was fearful and hid his talent.

No doubt the joy of the Lord is eternal rewards in heaven and joy on earth. Our goal is to hear these words from Jesus in Matthew 25..

“Great faith will always take you away from the fear of man.” Bill JohnsonClick to Tweet

THE OVERCOMER LOVES THE LORD

We must ask ourselves, is it possible to endure this hard life, persevere, pass every test, never deny the Lord’s name, and yet not receive any eternal reward?

John recorded Jesus’ words to the church at Ephesus: “You have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless, I have this against you, that you have left your first love” (Rev. 2:3-4).Click to Tweet

Jesus goes on to tell them and us to repent or else He will remove our lampstand from its place. He looks at the heart more than the works. He wants a relationship with us–not our religious works.

It all comes down to love, doesn’t it? We could be the most dedicated overcomer and faithful servant with all the faith in the world, but without love, we are nothing. (See 1 Corinthians 13.)

What are we made of? What is our character, our motives, our disposition? Do we love Jesus and others? Is what we are doing out of love or selfish ambition?

May we always look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

“For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin” (Heb. 12:3).

And they overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death––Rev. 12:11

He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more . . . . I will write on Him the name of My new name. Rev. 3:12

And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work––Rev. 21:12

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[i] The Time Chart of Biblical History, Third Millennium Trust, Chippenham, England, 2002, XXIX.
[ii] NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible Word Wealth, Rev. 2:10.
[iii] NKJV Spirit-Filled Life Bible Word Wealth, Matt. 24:13.
[iv]  https://www.christianpost.com/news/over-900000-christians-martyred-for-their-faith-in-last-10-years-report.html

 

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M11J Things You Should Know About Half-Hearted Surrender

WHAT MORE DOES BEING JESUS’ FEET MEAN TO US?

Ruth got the attention of her bridegroom. Having this understanding of what it means to be Jesus’ feet, and then taking the next steps, will get the attention of our Bridegroom Jesus. Word quickly got back to Boaz about Ruth. He said, “I’ve been told all about what you have done . . . how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before” (Ruth 2:11).

Things you should know about half-hearted surrender because you are Jesus' feet. Ruth’s worshipful, loving, committed way of life affected everyone she knew and reached all the way to the Throne Room of God. She had a heart of surrender.

Jesus says the same, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matt. 10:37-39).

Ruth’s devotion and worshipful, loving, committed way of life affected everyone she knew and reached all the way to the Throne Room of God. Therefore, when we turn from Moab of half-hearted surrender, we will get our LORD’S attention.

Turn From Half-Hearted Surrender

In the OPEN VISION the LORD gave me, nothing happened until the body turned. When it turned, it moved, and it kept on going. The early church was at a critical crossroads. So much was at stake. They were working together to establish the body of Christ on earth. Likewise, we are working together to see the fruit of their labors—the Church—make it to the next level, then the next and the next—JUST AS THE GEESE KEPT SPIRALING HIGHER AND HIGHER. And, all who have gone before are waiting, watching and pulling for us.

A disturbing story unfolded among that early church we must take seriously. They shared of their possessions, sold property, and it was divided as anyone had need. They were of one heart and mind, and one purpose. Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold a piece of their property, but they were deceptive in their giving. They laid the money at the apostles’ feet, but secretly held some of it for themselves.

They lied, saying it was the full price for the land. We know this because Peter accused Ananias of lying to the Holy Spirit and saying, “‘Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God’” (Acts 5:4).

At that, he fell down and died. About three hours later, Sapphira arrived. Peter asked her, “‘Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?’” (Acts 5:8).

She said yes.

Peter asked her how she could agree to test the Spirit of the LORD. He told her the feet of the men who buried her husband were at the door and would carry her out as well. She fell down dead at Peter’s feet.

Partial obedience carries with it a death sentence.

Turn from half hearted surrender

The turning of the body means turning from sin to dedicate oneself wholeheartedly. “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’” (I Peter 1:14-15).

A certain man came to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior, but he was not living a holy life. Suddenly, in a vision the Lord showed him his heart and then his feet. One foot was of the world and the other in the church. The Lord showed him if he married his fiancé he would have four children and be divorced. He made the choice to completely surrender and become Jesus’ disciple.

Where are your feet? Our feet are to be in the world, not of the world, because we are sent into the world (see John 17:19).

Know Who We Are And Get On The Offensive Team

Turn from half hearted surrender

Willa Cable is a lady who knows who she is and is not afraid to speak what she believes.  She knows what surrender means. Her story demonstrates how we are co-laborers with angels in the harvest. Her husband Charles broke his back. Before recuperating from that surgery, his appendix ruptured. The doctor told her to call in the children, “Charles is gravely ill and will not make it through the night.”

That night, Willa prayed and read her Bible. Second Chronicles 16:9 spoke to her—about the eyes of the LORD moving to and fro throughout the earth to show Himself strong to those who are loyal to Him.

“Lord, I’m going to be loyal to You. I know You heal. You have helped us through all the other valleys of our life and You’ll help us through this one, too.” She fell asleep.

Early the next morning, a preacher she knew who was visiting another person in the hospital shook her awake and said, “How can you sleep? Didn’t you hear that doctor say your husband is going to die?”

“My husband is not going to die. Don’t you know the Lord Jesus?”

“I’m a preacher. Come on downstairs for a cup of coffee. We have to talk.”

Willa eventually relented and went downstairs to the cafeteria with him, and repeated her question, “Do you know the Lord Jesus?”

“You know I’m a preacher.”

“I asked if you knew Jesus.”

“You know I’m a preacher.”

“I asked if you knew Jesus. I don’t know what you’re preaching, but it’s not the gospel.”

Just then, a hand rested on the man’s shoulder. Willa looked up and a man dressed like a priest said to the ‘preacher,’ “You need to listen to this lady.”

The preacher got up and exited the building. Willa never saw him or the priest again.

Charles recovered.

Willa was not afraid to take the offensive stance and leave the results to God; so must we.

Know times of surrender

John the apostle gives a detailed, striking description of our resurrected LORD’S feet in hisRevelation vision of Him. A voice was speaking to him, then John said,

Having turned I saw seven golden lampstands (churches); and in the middle of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His breast with a golden girdle. And His head and His hair were like white wool; and His eyes were like a flame of fire; and His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of rushing waters.”—Revelation 1:12-15 NASB (emphasis mine)

After John turned, he saw Jesus in all His glory; so will we. When we look into his eyes, like a flame of fire, we will catch on fire. The fire travels all the way through the river of life from around the throne of God, and down through the portal of heaven where the great cloud of witnesses are waiting to greet us. The fire makes its way to the very bottom of His feet that rest on the earth, which is His footstool (see Isa. 66:1).

Each foot contains 7,000 nerve endings radiating from the whole body making the feet highly sensitive and burning to see souls saved. We, as His feet, will be ignited like flames of fire and angels’ wings will fan those flames (see Heb. 1:7). Therefore, we must use a sharp pair of scissors and trim our wick so our flame will burn brightest.

We have no Noah’s ark; we have The Rock to stand on as we praise and worship our Redeemer. That Rock will very soon strike the feet of iron and clay at the bottom of the statue King Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream (see Daniel 2:31-45). All pieces will crumble as to a threshing floor. The reunited Roman Empire will be broken into ten kingdoms [ten toes] that will rule simultaneously, but we will see Jesus face to face. Our worship lifestyle, watching for His appearing, will lift us through the heavenly portal as we overcome gravity forever.

We have been tried as by fire. Our next tears will not be for ourselves but for those who do not make the right choice. At the same time, we will run and not grow weary by staying at His feet (see Isa. 40:31). We will have great joy in harvesting as co-laborers with Jesus and His angels to the point we will glow as burnished bronze—polished to perfection, healthy and very much alive—the Bride without spot or wrinkle (see also Eph. 5:27).

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith . . . .” (Heb. 12:1-2).

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