June 24th, 2011 by Eric Gilmour


“The most glorious reward awaits such fidelity at the hour of Christ’s return, while the heaviest punishment threatens the selfish indolence that would decline active employment of what it has received.”
~Goebel

“A crown is of value for what it implies rather than what it is.”
~D.M. Panton

“Christ’s cross is Christ’s way to Christ’s crown…No Cross No Crown.”
~William Penn

“The faculty of the soul that pants for Glory is implanted of God.”
~Robert Govet

“He who despises a throne despises Him Who confers it.”
~D.M. Panton

“To Him who overcomes I will give the right to sit with me in my throne even as I over came and my Father gave me the right to sit with Him on His throne.”
~Jesus Christ

Our “…affliction is producing for us…glory.” This future glory is “far beyond all comparison” to our present affliction making it both “momentary and light,” regardless of the intensity (2 Corinthians 4:17). Those who have the “eyes of their heart…enlightened,” will “know the hope to which he has called us.” This hope is spoken of as a “glorious inheritance (Ephesians 1:18).” The hope that we have, is to one day receive the inheritance. We are “born again to a living hope…to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for us…(1 Peter 1:3-7).” Notice that the inheritance is not heaven, but “in heaven.” This is the “…Heavenly calling…(Hebrews 3:1).”

We have become partakers of the promises of Abraham by our faith placing us “in Christ,” who is Abraham’s seed. Abraham’s inheritance, though two- fold, heavenly and earthly, involves the earth (Romans 4:13 both spheres can be seen in Daniel 4:26, 10:13 the heavens ruling over the earth). We are co-heirs with Christ, “if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:17). Christ’s inheritance is “the nations” and “ends of the earth His possession” (Psalm 2:8). “In this we greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while…you have been distressed by various trials…” you “may be found to result in…glory…at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-8). It matters not what this life brings to you. As in Job’s case, in uprightness (1:1), he despaired of life (17:1), suffered the loss of his servants (1:13), children (1:18), health (2:7,13), wealth (1:16), and the loyalty of his wife (2:9). As he remained faithful through it all (13:15, 1:22), God brought Him into a restoration incomparable to what he previously had (42:10-15). “…I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us (Romans 8:18).” “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed (1 Peter 4:12-13).” That man who “endures temptation/trials” through obedience to Christ commands (John 14:23), will be “blessed” by being “approved,” and when “approved, he will receive the crown of life (James 1:12 Just because we as Christians are in line through Christ to obtain an inheritance, doesn’t mean that it cannot be forfeited. Esau despised and gave up his inheritance for a temporal craving (Genesis 25:33-34). When he, “sought for the blessing with tears,” “He could bring about no change of mind” and was “rejected,” with respect to the inheritance). Paul thought of the crown or approval of such value that he said, “I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that…I myself will not be disapproved (1 Corinthians 9:24).”

It is in your hands to, “come after” him. It is your decision to, “Deny” yourself. Only you can choose to, “take up” your “cross.” But you can be assured, if you “save” your “life,” you “will lose it.” “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward (just recompense; exact payment for services rendered) each person according to what he has done (whether good or bad, 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 16:24,27).” Beloved, as far as fleshly lusts go, “beat your body into submission (1 Corinthians 9:24).” As far as suffering goes, “endure (James 1:12).” There is nothing else to say on the matter. Scripture simply leaves no room for explanation or excuse. There are no “special” cases. One either overcomes in his life or he does not. The requirements of remaining faithful to receive a crown do not bend according to certain situations or individuals. “…It is required of stewards that one be found faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2).” Jesus spoke on this matter in the parables of the talents and pounds. Faithfulness was required of each servant at the return of their Master. Each servant was rewarded accordingly, both good and bad (Luke 19:11-26; Matthew 25:14-28). What is required of you is required of me, namely, faithfulness. Your life, whether you are sick, poor, rich, old, young, everything seems to go well, or you have countless areas that constantly collapse, it matters not. If you’ve lost everything, gained everything, been betrayed or befriended, it matters not. Affliction or peace, persecution or fame, money or poverty, IT MATTERS NOT! These things carry no weight, have no significance, hold no relevance, for soon “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account for the deeds that were done in the body, whether good, or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10).” This judgment is for a specific purpose, namely, to prove who overcame. For, “he who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me, even as I overcame and my Father gave me the right to sit with Him (Revelation 3:21).” “He who overcomes I will give authority over the nations (Revelation 2:26).” The overcoming Christians, “will receive a kingdom, and will posses it forever-yes, forever and ever (Daniel 7:18,22,27).”

The fulfillment of the creation of all things, the promises to Abraham and the effects of the blood of the crucified Christ will be made manifest, reconciling all things to Himself (Colossians 1:16-19). All the “kingdoms of this world” will become the kingdoms of our God and His Christ (Revelation 11:15). Can you see it? This day when the promises to Abraham and the purpose for Adam become fulfilled through Christ ascending the throne with faithful men to rule the earth for ever and ever? Is it real to you? Is it real enough to suffer for? Is it real enough to die for? Is it real enough to transform your mind to see any affliction of torture or self denial as something “momentary” and “light?” Is it such a reality and such a hope to you that any profit in this life is seen as “loss” or rubbish?” Is it so real that you have no desire other than to “become like” Christ “in His death,” to “share in his sufferings” so as to “attain” the resurrection out of the resurrected (Philippians 3:7-11)? Does the truth of the glory to come and sorrow of its loss cause you to weep for those who are not willing to receive it (Luke 13:34; 19:41-44; Mark 3:5)?

I issue a call to every Christian that exists! Every person who has passed from death unto life! Live worthy! He calls you into His Glory and Kingdom! (Ephesians 4:1; Colossians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; Revelation 3:4). The magnitude and severity of this matter is beyond measure. I issue a warning to every Christian! Awake! Stand up! Endure! Put on Strength (Ephesians 5:14-17)!

“…the sole legitmate ambition in the world-”to be well-pleasing unto Him.’
~Bengel

“What our eyes looked on, what our ears listen to; what our hearts loved, what our minds believed, what our lips said, what our hands wrought, where our feet walked:-these are the unimpeachable evidences of the Judgment Seat. Secrets (1 Cor. 4:5). Motives (Matt 6:1). Soul attitudes (Luke 6:36-38)…the evidence wholly decides the award.”
~D. M. Panton

“Somewhere there exists a draft by the hand of God of what our lives might have been…”
~D.M. Panton

“Christ will simply not say, “Well done…” if it has not in fact been well done.”
~G. Campbell Morgan

“I am coming soon. My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done”
~Jesus Christ
 

Eric Gilmour is an Associate Editor for Voice of Revolution, overseeing Revival & Evangelism. Visit his website at agonypress.podbean.com

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April 13th, 2011 by Eric Gilmour

“They loved not their lives unto death…”(Revelation 12.11)

What is it about that rare kind of Christian, who in the core of his being burns with the desire to impact his generation with the power of the Holy Spirit and leave a legacy that will haunt the complacent till they breathe their last? As if he has genuinely been issued a divine call, he chooses to live it, breathe it and empty every ounce of his life upon that which he has directed his heart toward.

What happened to him to cause him to exchange his natural desires of governing his own path, creating his own reputation and living in the common self-preservation current of life, for a courageous, relentless zeal that drives him to seek God with all his heart and pour his life out for the gospel? He lives to maintain a steady, uncompromising stance and continual pursuit of God and souls.

Why is it that this is so attractive, so inspiring and challenging? Is it not because all of us Christians have tucked away inside of ourselves such an abandonment no matter how hidden, yet no less real?

Is it not that you desire to live wholeheartedly set on such a fixed end, so that in your last moments having apprehended it or facing death for it, you know deep inside you have invested sincerely, truthfully and completely in the only thing worthy to live and die for?

The most dangerous men are those whose lives are lost in the abyss of absolute surrender!

Is this not the mentality of the martyr, looked on at the time of his death as a fool, but honored in the future as a man who has chosen not to hide that abandonment that every Christian has inside?

Here I am, you as well, with the opportunity before us to choose to continue to be haunted by the lives of those who gave themselves for their cause, or to choose as they have, to give our lives to the only thing worth the liquid soul in our veins. Every man will one day have his final thoughts; he will turn around on life’s path and see where his blood has been spent. There, in that moment will undoubtedly be the true test of a man’s soul.

We all only have one life.

One life made up of time, consisting of moments, and even as you read this now, your life heads toward its end.
So, as the martyr smiles at the axe, for in its shine he sees his legacy, the coward weeps at his past, for in his tears he sees his lethargy, complacency and decadence. He sees a weak, lost life, blown away in the wind and eternally worthless.

Why write such thoughts? To what end or conclusion do such sobering thoughts bring us to?

Well read them well and let them resound with an ever-lasting echo which walks by your side down a crowded road or haunts you in the silence of solitude.

Who are you, dear reader, today?

Will you stay that way?

Think on this.

2 Corinthians 5:9-11 Therefore also we have as our ambition…to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Therefore knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men.

1 Peter 1:17 And if you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each man’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay upon earth;

Romans 14:12 So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Matthew 16:24-27 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it. “For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds.

I issue a challenge to you, in light of such a coming day, fearfully conduct yourselves as Christians heading toward an impartial day of judgment. It will not be a day to take a written examination to test your knowledge nor a day to look over your resume’ of service, but a day in which God will contrast your image with the image of His Son.

Take a serious look at your…
Mind (thought life)
Motives (the why behind your actions)
Mouth (the idle words/preaching)
Money (stewardship of substance)
Ministry (what is God doing through you?)
Message (what you are teaching)
Marriage (what your spouse has to say about you)
Minutes (how you spend your time?)

Seriously ask yourself if they are worthy of the call (1 Thess. 2.12).

Now is not the time to sit back and coast, now is the time to press in!

“Now is the time where we either seize the moment, or look back with everlasting shame that we missed it.”

~Dr. Michael L. Brown

Surrender everything!
Go After Him!

 

Eric Gilmour is an Associate Editor for Voice of Revolution, overseeing Revival & Evangelism. Visit his website at agonypress.podbean.com

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