A Victorious Crown of Life

“If your faith remains strong, even while surrounded by life’s difficulties, you will continue to experience the untold blessings of God! True happiness comes as you pass the test with faith, and receive the victorious crown of life promised to every lover of God!”  (James 1:12, TPT)

“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved (pass the test), he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.  (NAS)

We live under the tension of two conflicting realities.  And often the life of trust is raised up from the hotbed of trial where earthly realities are purified into heavenly realities. The law of love keeps us in that crucible until Papa’s perfect work is accomplished.

David says in Psalm 27, “Yet I totally trust you to rescue me one more time, so I can see once again how good you are while I’m still alive! Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you!”

Run Into His Abundance

Philippians chapter three feels like a gauntlet thrown down with a challenge. “Will you run until you have finished the race?” it asks. And then we are shown how to respond to the call. Passion to go for what is ahead activates endurance for a journey that draws strength from Holy Spirit to cross the finish line.

“I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead.” [vs. 12-13]

There is a reward in running the adventure of faith; a crown of life (James 1:12, Rev. 2:10), a crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4), a crown of rejoicing (1 Thess. 2:19), and a crown of righteousness (1 Tim. 4:8). And that is only the beginning.