Winning the Crown of Life
John Monsell's hymn focuses on the virtue of true commitment:
Fight the good fight with all thy might;
Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right.
Lay hold on life, and it shall be
Thy joy and crown eternally.
Run the straight race through God's good grace,
Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face;
Life with its way before thee lies,
Christ is the path, and Christ the prize.
Cast care aside, lean on thy Guide;
His boundless mercy will provide;
Trust, and thy trusting soul shall prove
Christ is its life, and Christ its love.
What did James write as the opening chapter of God's New Covenant people? Simply this, a clear and simple way of life that reflects A MATURING WALK OF FAITH.
As Christ was received by faith, so the way of life flowing from His presence in a life would be reflected in the walk of faith. So James gives 12 clear indicators of how the walk of faith is going. You are headed toward Christian maturity when these areas are in line:
James: Twelve Tests of Spiritual Maturity (1:4)
970727AM-1 (1:1) "James and the 1st church at Jerusalem"
I. A Maturing Walk of Faith ENDURES troubles 1:2-11
A. 970803AM-2 (1:2-4) "The Truth about Pain & Problems" Maturing saints see Trials from God's perspective a source of purifying faith builders. This gives life a whole new orientation.
B. 970831AM-3rd (1:5-11) "Our New Perspective" Maturing saints have a whole new standard for assessing personal-worth. God clarifies the new valuation has nothing to do with money or comforts of life.
C. 970907AM-4th (1:9-11) "The Rich Poor and Poor Rich"
D. 970914AM-5th (1:9-11) "Extravagant Giving"
II. A Maturing Walk of Faith DEALS with temptation 1:12-18
A. 970921AM-6th (1:12) Maturing saints are "Winning the Crown of Life". v. 12
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love ...
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