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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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Women: God’s Secret Weapon: God’s Inspiring Message to Women of Power, Purpose and Destiny

The Lord gives the command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host: Kings of armies flee, they flee. And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!” (Psalm 68:11-12 NASB)

The above verse from Psalm has a tremendous application for this hour. Women will be a great host proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ right here in America—from their own houses––thus, bringing in a harvest of souls.

Psalm 68:11-12 tells us there will be a battle that women will win. They will collect and divide the spoil among themselves when they have gathered together in their own homes or other meeting places.

Why does this verse emphasize women? [NIV and KJV translations use the word company, so do not fret men]. What is the battle? What is the spoil they so greatly desire from the fight? And, how are they going to get it?

Why Women and What Battle for Spoil?

Women, you are God's Secret Weapon: Psalm 68:11-12 tells us there will be a battle women will win. They will collect and divide the spoil among themselves when they are at home or gathered together.

Ed Silvoso and Frances Frangipane, plant good seed in the hearts of women through their writing. Silvoso, president of Harvest Evangelism, Inc., has four daughters and six granddaughters. He is qualified to write about women. He believes there has to be a rematch between the devil and the woman before Jesus’ return.

After all, the first deception was between the serpent and the woman Eve before the man was influenced. In his book, Women: God’s Secret Weapon: God’s Inspiring Message to Women of Power, Purpose and Destiny, he writes, “I call it a rematch because it will involve the original contenders: human beings and the devil himself. Just like their predecessor in the Garden, women will play a central role, except that this time, as God has predicted, Eve’s daughters will win” (Regal, 2001, Ventura, CA, P. 74-75).

Author and teacher, Francis Frangipane writes, “Yes, indeed, there is a battle; there still exists ‘enmity between (the serpent) and the woman’ (Gen.3:15). Satan especially hates you because it was your seed that bruised the serpent’s head. It is amazing to me that God chose to bring His Son into the world, not through the heavens nor even through a woman impregnated by man, but through a woman made pregnant by God! God Himself came to earth through the woman’s power to give birth!” (A Word to Women of God––You Were Created to Birth Breakthrough on the Earth,” accessed Sept. 10, 2007).

God chose a woman, Mary, to give birth to His Son, Jesus. More still, it was women who were among the first to proclaim the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection! And now, women who are faithful “Marys” are birthing battle plans to win souls and disciple them.

What Is the Spoil the Faithful Mary-Women Desire?

We are at war in a spiritual battle in America and our world like never before. The spoil from physical wars are lands, cities, gold, silver, and weapons. But Jesus says, “I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich . . . .” (Rev. 3:18 NASB).

The LORD’S gold is what a faithful “Mary” so greatly desires.
Allow me to illustrate what the “spoil of gold” include by telling you about only a few of the “Marys” I know. Their stories are divided by the specific blessings of El Shaddai––our One True Almighty God:

Increase of the Kingdom of God: Sarah M. requested prayer for her long-time friend. Sarah then gave her a copy of the workbook she was studying in a home Bible study. Her friend found Jesus not long afterward.

Sarah M. chose to lead the same Bible study in her mother Sharon’s home. She invited eight of her friends and relatives. During the study, Sarah’s sister-in-law led her neighbor to the Lord who then joined the study!

Deliverance from Bondage: Linnie M., who struggled with anxiety and bi-polar issues, drove all by herself to her first Bible study––in a home group setting. God miraculously answered her prayer by providing money for her son to pay court fees to avoid going back to prison. This prodigal son and his whole family returned to church.

As Denise learned about God’s character by studying His Hebrew names, she discovered who she was––highly valued and loved. After looking for many years only to doctors and medicine to heal her panic attacks, depression and severe digestive problems, she chose to look only to Jesus and realized perfect healing of body, mind, and spirit. She became the mother of three children––one by adoption, two natural.

Fruitfulness: Two boys and a little girl from Russia found their home with Mark and Amanda G. A little girl from China gained parents and Willa C, as her grandmother. The gold spoil of Michelle and Ken H.’s long battle with barrenness was three children––Joshua Caleb, whom they adopted, and then twin girls born naturally. Through prayer and fasting, Davi and Kurt M. were blessed with a baby boy after ten years of marriage.

Promise of a Homeland, Purpose and Heaven: Kim C.’s long, involved story of deliverance from Satanic oppression linked to childhood verbal abuse, rape and the occult, had a happy ending with all her family finding Jesus, which was the only request she made of God. Her mother and sister both died, but Kim had assurance through dreams that both made it to heaven.

Protection: Linda B. and Sally J. each prayed early one morning, as usual. Linda’s children walked away from their van that rolled three times that day––which usually is fatal. Sally’s five-year-old grandson was backed over by a car. When his mother turned to thank the man who prayed for him at the scene, he was gone. Four days later the child was playing in the yard.

Spoil is defined as plunder taken from an enemy in war or from a victim in robbery. We know it is Satan who comes to steal, kill and destroy. Like these ladies, you just read about, it is time for all of us to stand up and take back what he has stolen from us. It is hard work. It is war, and it is God’s battle!

What is the Strategy for Women to Take Back the Spoil?

WOMEN: God's Secret Weapon

Psalm 68:11 begins by saying, “The Lord gives the command.” The Hebrew noun, ômer, for ‘command’ means a purpose, a plan. The word ‘armies’ is the Hebrew word tsâbâ which is also translated as ‘host’ or ‘company’, as in a host of soldiers, angels or in reference to all of creation.

Who is giving this command? Jehovah-Sabaoth [The Lord of hosts], Supreme Commander of the Universe. He is carrying out a strategy to win His Bride for His Son, and He is doing it––with a purpose and a plan––just as He had a purpose and plan for the children of Israel.

After the children of Israel left Egypt and arrived in the Promised Land, and they were about to fight for the land, Joshua saw a man with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua asked him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?”

And he said, “No, rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?”

And the captain of the LORD’S host said to Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy” (Josh. 5:13-15). And Joshua did so.

The captain of the LORD’S host is none other than Jehovah Sabaoth [The LORD of hosts]. With His drawn sword in hand, it’s like He was saying to Joshua and now to us, “Fear not, I will take it from here. I see you; I hear you, and I am here. Just trust me; know me; seek me; believe Me and keep confessing My Word and act on it!”

This re-matched victory against the serpent Satan will come about through the influence of the woman. But, a woman cannot do it alone, no more than she can have a child on her own––we trust the Lord of hosts to fight for us.

God chose Mary to give birth to His Son; thus, bringing Him into the world the first time. God has chosen you and me as end-time Marys, with Josephs by our side,  to give birth to the harvest of souls before the second coming of His Son, Jesus Christ.

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Very slowly, God did begin to reveal His plan—with very small beginnings. Precious Mary H. and her grown niece, Barbara S., lived one block from the health center. They opened their homes for prayer and sharing during our half-hour lunch times once a week, each taking turns. My friend Linda Scammell drove to town from where she and Chuck, her husband, had returned from Texas. We had lost touch with each other, and surprisingly, after twenty-five years, they were here, too. It was Linda who shared how learning the names of God, taught by their pastor, had set their church on fire. Our group caught fire—studying them over and over for seven years.

For two years we shared, made more friends and marveled that the men in town had a weekly, nondenominational, prayer and share time—but there was nothing for the women. I told God, “Well, I’m not doing it. If you want it done, You will have to do it Yourself!”

He did . . . by bringing me a choice I had to make. Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, was to hold one of her first Just Give Me Jesus conferences in Kansas City. As the time drew near, we knew we had to let other women know about it and car pool together. Janice Lamb and I handed out flyers we made. Thirty women answered the call. I also had thirty Angels on Assignment books left from my business inventory. I stuffed my testimony about the book inside, and handed them out.

After the seminar, we knew we had to keep the momentum going, so we put out a questionnaire to see if the women wanted to continue with monthly meetings. They did, and their top three choices were to have testimonies, praise songs, and prayer at each meeting. The winning name of the contest for our group was: Women with a Passion for Jesus.

Women with a Passion for Jesus learn to plead the blood

Learn to plead the blood

Our first meeting was September 8, 2001. After September 11, we knew why God had called us to meet. We had already adopted 2 Chronicles 7:14 as our guiding Scripture, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

At our second meeting, we did just that—we came together to repent, confess the sins of our land and pray as Nehemiah prayed for Jerusalem. He was personally not involved in turning away from the Lord, but he included himself in the act of rebellion against God: “I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses” (Neh. 1:6-7). The Lord responded by giving Nehemiah everything he needed to rebuild and restore the Jerusalem wall.

After this, we felt we needed to know more specifically what sins had been committed in our area so we could repent wisely. After research which led to the days of “Bleeding Kansas,” we made two columns on a large tablet. The first column listed all the atrocities committed in the past; in the second, the promises in the Word that covered them.

It all boiled down to the blood of Jesus that covers them all. The shedding of innocent blood was covered by the blood of the Lamb. Thus, we learned to plead the blood of Jesus over our city, our state and our nation.

We also learned to prayer walk. We prayed Nehemiah’s prayer as we walked up and down the streets in town named after pro-slavery leaders: JUDSON, CRAWFORD, EDDY, HOLBROOK, BLACKBURN, LOWMAN and LITTLE.

Our walks were inspired by: 1) Joshua 1:3, “I will give you every place where you set your foot,” and 2) by the book PrayerWalk by Janet Holm McHenry. Her 5:00 a.m., prayer walks were inspired by the words of Jesus, “Could you not tarry one hour?” She saw many answers to prayer for her family and for people behind businesses and houses where she walked. One morning when passing by the sign of her town, she envisioned the sign reading, “The Place Where God Lives,” and then she saw people flocking to her small town in California.

Likewise, we have seen some answers to prayer with the honoring of African-American, Gordon Parks, world-renowned photojournalist, filmmaker, novelist, poet and composer, who left here at the age of fourteen because of prejudice. He chose to be buried here where the community college established a center to honor his works in their new fine arts center. We have also seen other African-Americans return here where they are now welcomed.

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On a personal level, pleading the blood of Jesus is powerful as well. Susanne Cox, wife of Ron Cox, pastor of Kingwood Church, Birmingham, AL, experienced the power in the blood of the Lamb. Before meeting Ron, she was a missionary in India ministering to girls in prostitution. She spent a day in prayer seeking the Lord in the next step she was to take. Her friend was to meet her at the end of the day to take her home to her village. They missed seeing each other and it grew dark, so she decided to take a taxi home. After fifteen minutes, she realized the driver was going the opposite direction. Pretty soon, he pulled into a filling station where four men approached the car.

Susanne saw the most hideous, demon-possessed looking man speak with the driver. She understood him to be “buying this American.”

Immediately, Susanne prayed under her breath the most passionate prayer she ever prayed in her life. The Holy Spirit told her to pray out loud. She shouted something like this: “I plead the blood of Jesus Christ over these men! Father, you say in Psalm 91 that You will cover me with Your feathers, and under Your wings I will find refuge. I will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor pestilence in darkness. A thousand may fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand, but it will not come near me, in Jesus name!”

Suddenly, the men were slammed against the building. Susanne was delivered on the spot! She knew mighty angels had come to her rescue that night. Satan is all about death. Jesus is all about Life. It is the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ that He died to give that is our birthright to live in His kingdom. It does no more for us, except to get our foot in the door, unless we appropriate it in everyday life. We do that in the way Susanne did—against evil—and in praying for each other, in cleansing our homes or apartments, or workplaces, and how the women did in our small town. [Refer to Linda B.’s story of how the Holy Spirit led her early morning, written, prayer to plead the blood over her children, thus saving their lives that night—Module 9.]