JAW Ministries

THE FOUR CROWNS

Sunday, January 07, 2007

THE FOUR CROWNS ON EARTH FOR ETERNITY

We earn our four crowns here on earth so that one day when entering heaven we hear our Savior say,

"Well done my good and faithful servant..."

Beloved, if anything were to encourage us as believers it would be to continue seeking "The Four Crowns"! The Word of God tells us that we can have these crowns if we live according to God's Word a life in the rest of God, trusting him to bring us to that overcoming place where sin no more rules us.

Because of our love for God we live in obedience to Him as we study God's word to show ourself approved of God. While we are daily growing in the reverent fear of God, knowledge of God, understanding of God and decernment as we flow in the Gifts of the Spirit till we have victory over what is trying to defeat us. It is our standing in faith and believing in God enough to trust him to change us to grow from glory to glory. All this will help us finish our race as a victor and not a victim that the enemy is trying to make us.

We are in a battle for the four crowns and reaching our heavenly destination for eternity.
The enemy has a place he would have us join him for eternity - we must be wise and full of God's word.

We alone could not do this change in us, but with God all things are possible. We can know that we know that nothing will stop us from receiving the four crowns we are seeking so be encouraged to go for it with the tenacity it takes to finish our heavenly race.

Beloved, as we continue one day at a time, until we have the victory and know we have the four crowns we must not stop pressing in with Jesus' help.

God hates "religion" and the works it has that are done without his Holy Spirit but He loves to have "relationship" and "fellowship" with His children who are led by Holy Spirit. Our God kind of faith and our rest in Him will cause one to live in the Psalm 23 and Psalm 91 rest of God in the glory.

Beloved, this year as never before grow to know Jesus and rest in the peace of Jesus that surpasses all understanding as you press in and go for the FOUR CROWNS like never before.
How wonderful it will be to meet Jesus face to face and have the four crowns to set at his feet and hear him say, "Well done!"

THIS IS A YEAR AND A LIFE FOREVER FROM NOW ON OF WORSHIP LIKE THE "WORSHIP OF HEAVEN" FOR OUR GOOD GOD WHO LOVES US.

In this article I have listed the scriptures for each of "The Four Crowns" for you to keep nearby this year. The enemy loves to help us forget our goals we set in the new year. Seek Father God to change you, and then obey Him when the pain of change sets in. Keep focused, and do not let anything keep you from the victory. Watch how God takes you from where you are to where you pray to be this year.

We belong to the King of kings and the Lord of lords and are the ambassadors of Jesus Christ and nothing is too difficult for him nor for us through him.

This year as not any prior to this is the NOW time to be living in the Kingdom of God right here on earth. Look at Enoch and how one day as he was in fellowship with God he just crossed over into the other side by God. Why? Enoch's relationship with our heavenly Father God was more heavenly than earthly. Today the opportunity for us to be in that special relationship with our Father God is for those who choose it. Those who are earning their four crowns.

All of heaven is watching and cheering you on as you get your four crowns - for such a time as this.

1 Cor. 9:25-27 (The Amplified Bible) "25 Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither. 26 Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary. 27 But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit]."

2 Timothy 2:3-11 (The Amplified Bible) "3 Take [with me] your share of the hardships and suffering [which you are called to endure] as a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of [civilian] life; his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him. 5 And if anyone enters competitive games, he is not crowned unless he competes lawfully (fairly, according to the rules laid down). 6 [It is] the hand-working farmer [who labors to produce] who must be the first partaker of the fruits. 7 Think over these things I am saying [understand them and grasp their application], for the Lord will grant you full insight and understanding in everything. 8 Constantly keep in mind Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] risen from the dead, [as the prophesied King] descended from David, according to the good news (the Gospel) that I preach. 9 For that [Gospel] I am suffering affliction and even wearing chains like a criminal. But the Word of God is not chained or imprisoned! 10 Therefore I [am ready to] persevere and stand my ground with patience and endure everything for the sake of the elect [God's chosen}, so that they too may obtain [the] salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with [the reward of] eternal glory. 11 The saying is sure and worthy of confidence: If we have died with Him, we shall also live with Him."


THE CROWN OF REJOICING - THE SOUL WINNING CROWN

We are to win souls, just as the Apostle Paul says in the scriptures below. Souls are laid up as a crown for you in heaven when you support ministries who win souls. Those souls count for your crown, too, not just for that soul winning ministry alone. But you on your own must also win souls, whether it be one-on-one, or 5, 50, 1000, or more at a time. No time is left, so go get the HARVEST OF SOULS today. "...for who knows if we have come to the KINGDOM for such a TIME as this."

Philippians 4:1 (The Amplified Bible) "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you."

THE CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS - THE VICTOR'S CROWN

Beloved, we need to live in righteousness if we are going to lay up a victor's crown in heaven for ourselves to give to Jesus one day when we see Him face to face. Our seeking God to change us will bring the righteousness which our Lord Jesus gave for us to have who believe on Him when we are saved. We need death to self and all sin to receive this crown, and let us run this race of righteousness for such a time as this.

1 Cor. 9:25-27 (The Amplified Bible) "25 Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself in all things. They do it to win a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither. 26 Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary. 27 But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit]."

2 Timothy 4:8 (The Amplified Bible) "[As to what remains] henceforth there is laid up for me the [victor's] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me and recompense me on that [great] day -- and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing (His return)."

1 Thess. 2:19-20 (The Amplified Bible ) "19 For what is our hope or happiness or our victor's wreath of exultant triumph when we stand in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you? 20 For you are [indeed] our glory and our joy!"

THE CROWN OF LIFE - THE MARTYR'S CROWN

Beloved, we are all called to die to self, but we are also called to suffer persecution from others. So count it joy when the fire is on from unsaved family, business associates, etc., because this is all part of receiving this crown. When you're going through persecution, just say to yourself, "Thank you for helping to get another precious stone in my crown." Then keep your focus on finishing the race that you are running.

Beloved, we are to overcome fear, and even fear of death. There may be an occasion for you to die by gunshot wounds, have your head cut off, etc. But remember that when you leave this earth as a martyr, if it be by living with a husband or if there is someone who persecutes you all your life for being a Christian - or if you receive this crown by dying due to the things mentioned above - no matter which it is, you are instantly in the presence of the Lord for eternity.

Rev. 2:10 (The Amplified Bible) "Fear nothing that you are about to suffer. [Dismiss your dread and your fears!] Behold, the devil is indeed about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested and proved and critically appraised, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be loyally faithful unto death [even if you must die for it], and I will give you the crown of life."

THE CROWN OF GLORY - FOR PASTORS AND ALL BRETHREN WHO SERVE GOD AND LOVE THE SHEEP

Beloved, whether you are in the five-fold ministry or not, it will not matter concerning procuring the crown of glory. This crown is given to those who love the sheep and see to it that they grow closer to Jesus and run the race all the way to the finish line.

1 Peter 5:1-4 (The Amplified Bible) "1 I warn and counsel the elders among you (the pastors and spiritual guides of the church) as a fellow elder and as an eyewitness [called to testify] of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a sharer in the glory (the honor and splendor) that is to be revealed (disclosed, unfolded): 2 Tend (nurture, guard, guide, and fold) the flock of God that is [your responsibility], not by coercion or constraint, but willingly; not dishonorably motivated by the advantages and profits [belonging to the office], but eagerly and cheerfully; 3 Not domineering [as arrogant, dictatorial, and overbearing persons] over those in your charge, but being examples (patterns and models of Christian living) to the flock (the congregation). 4 And [then] when the Chief Shepherd is revealed, you will win the conqueror's crown of glory."


I am praying for you. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you and to God be all the glory for all that is changing in your life while you are going from glory to glory.

The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray for you as it is the peace that surpasses all understanding and it helps you to stay in that REST PLACE OF GOD WITH A LIFE OF STANDING IN FAITH WHILE NOT BEING MOVED BY WHAT YOU SEE AS YOU GET THAT OVERCOMER CROWN.

Jesus said that those who are overcomers will be with Him in heaven - no need to say anything else. Amen.

I am joining the saints in heaven who are cheering you on and I encourage you to press in as never before for the four crowns.

Please email me and I will be glad to pray for you. Also I've two recent books that will help in your soul winning crown and in your understanding what a great salvation you have.
"EVANGELIZING IN RETIREMENT HOMES" and "THE REALITY OF EVERY CURSE REVERSED" are purchased via Amazon.com

Please email me at jawministries@comcast.net for prayer.

I pray for you to have a very happy, joyous & hilarious - with prosperity in health, wealth & spiritual growth - living in a peaceful, restful & loving place - while staying under the shadow of the almighty - with the glory & fire of God all over you as you soak in the river of God carring with you at the end of this new year the four crowns for such a time as this.

Love & Blessings.

Joan Ann