by John Barnett

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Winning the Crown of Life (15 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
John Barnett
James 1:12

Let's open our Bibles to James 1:12 I am going to read you that verse, as we look this morning; as we ponder this morning; as we ask ourselves the question: Are we winning the Crown of Life? Or more specifically are you in the direction of life that it takes from God's perspective to win the crown of life? It's a very sobering question I think we should ask ourselves when so many around us say that they are Christians. But God says those who are My people look like this. Let's look at what he says in James 1:12.

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which {the Lord} has promised to those who love Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ promised that there is something at the end of the line for those who finish life loving Him. Let me underscore that. We are going to see--- but I want to tell you up front that there's something in the Scriptures---- that it is not as important how you start as how you finish. Many started with Christ; few finished. Many followed Christ; few finished. Many heard the message; few heard with their hearts and continued to the end. One thing that is for sure- the Scriptures say that no genuine believer in Jesus Christ ever stops believing. Oh sometimes they struggle, sometimes they are fiercely tempted, sometimes they doubt-they never stop believing. The whole book of 1 John gives tests of life eternal. One of them is a true believer never stops believing. The Lord Jesus Christ said no one that comes to Me will I ever turn away and all who come to Me I will keep to the end. And He says I will hold them in My hand. But some people turn away and don't follow Him any more. And for those who love Him to the end; for those who follow Him to the end; for those who are His very own to the end He promises a wonderful reward. It's called the crown of life and the crown of life begi ...

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