The three basic qualifications to receivethe crown of righteousness

Author: Voice Of God Ministry  //  Category: Messages
  1.  Have fought the good fight.
  2.  Have finished your race
  3.  Have kept the faith.

Dear Beloved Brother and Sister in Christ!

Greetings in the sweet name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Paul words about toPreach

Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favourable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.2 Timothy 4.2 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you..2. Timothy 4.

Can anyone preach?

We everybody can preach the word of God but, one prime condition is in Act 1.1.The very first point the former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach.Act.1.1  The first step is began to do then the next is Teach or preach.

This is the major problem in Christian ministries. When they don’t practice in their real life what they are preaching then how can they force others supposed to do. Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? Thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Romans 2:21

Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, saying. The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.Matthew 23-2-3. Today also the Christianity faces the same problem.

Somebody wants to preach for any one reason to honour, to make money, for a job they don’t have, to lift-up their family etc., but, do not what they say. This one is the major failure in our Christianity

Everlasting God’s love

God is our loving father. He loves us more than heaven and multi angels.  He uses them to serve us in His Kingdom (Heaven). Furthermore, they serve as a communicator between Him and us. (Example: Mary, Daniel, Joseph), sometime He sends the angels to fight against our common enemy Satan, in orderto release us from the bondage (sin).

As mentioned in the scripture, they were sentto stop the alaam’sdonkey.Angels were not given the authority to call God as their Father, further they are not really God’s children .We are created in the image of God, He gave His own imagesand his living breath of life to us. Thereby, we become very close and honourable tothe Lord. That’s why he give his own blood and own life for us in the Cross. He left the Holy heaven and came to the dust earth for our sake.

The scripture says, So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them;   male and female he created them Genesis 1.27.  Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person Genesis 2.7He has not created anything like us among the whole greatest creations.

Apostle Paul says, but when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, Galatians 1:15. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. Ephesians 1:4. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8 **

Solution to save our sinful in nature.

The Law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.Romans 8:3“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, which had the power of death.Hebrews 2:14God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.1 John 4:9

Since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.Hebrews 12:1

Jesus also faced same testing as our same flesh but, did not sin

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testing’s we do, yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:15. How He succeeded. Here is the answer.  While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death.

And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.Hebrews 5:7-8. This is the reason, if He committed even a small evil in His heart then it is enough to disqualify himself from the holy sacrifice offer.Further he would be unable to fulfil the promise He had committed with His Father and there would be no other way to release us from the bond of our sin.

Itis prove from the word of Jesus, but go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Matthew 9:13.Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?John 8:46.

Why Jesus comes across the above said word Hebrews 5:7-8 not to show us how much He is so holy by to encourage us not to commit sin in this dust world. Further, Jesus did not accept himself as a good preacher, although He was a good preacher.

Yes it is certainly real that He did not accepted a little praise, so much He humbles himself before His Father, which is for our sake. Because He loves us more as His Father does and He wanted to release from our sin. He loves His heavenly Father as He loves Him.

Unlike the heavenly Father loves His only son Jesus, who is our elder brother, Jesus loves His Father too. Thereby both the Father and the son love us with a motive to release us from the sinful bondage. They love us so much, how can ever we image hating them? You might say….’No I will never hate Him’, but when we sin we disobey Him and His commands. So stay away from sin and ask the Lord to help you do so.

Who have been born into God’s family do not sin

We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them.  We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one. 1 John 5.18-19.

Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.  So now we can tell who children of God are and who children of the devil are. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.1 John 3.9-10

Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” John 14:21.But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognizes. 1 Corinthians 8:3

For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself. Galatians 5:14 Loving one another is the unique character of God and His elder son Jesus. We are the younger brothers of Jesus.  So we are the loving family who can life forever in the eternal kingdom.

Heaven or hell is in your hand (Your destiny lies in your hand)

Hence, heaven or hell lies in your hand. God has completed His Holy ministry in the Cross.Each of us can do only one things, either you love the world which is going to be destroyed or you love Jesus. When you are in traffic signal only one signal controls us. We cannot accept both red and green signal at a time.  If it is so then the system would be absolutely wrong, which needs to be immediately corrected.

You cannot give the green signal both to the Lord and to Satan. If so immediately the Holy Spirit will leave you, as a result, you will be fit for Hell. While the pilot of aeroplane wrongly deviates for a fraction of degree in its direction that would be enough to cease reaching the destination. During your journey to God’s Kingdom, if you deviate even a fraction of degree that would be enough to take you to the wrong destinyHell.

The word of God says “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!  But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! Revelation 3.15-16

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.Matthew 7:13.Today many minions of Christian are travel, but they themselves don’t know where they are going.

For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.  They will reject the truth and chase after myths.2 Timothy 4.4 Hence Paul says, have I now become your enemy because I am telling you the truth?Galatians 4:16

Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.1 Timothy 6:12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places Ephesians 6:12

So Paul declared his own decision to encourage us,  

So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. Romans 14:10 .Even to have such lawsuits with one another is a defeat for you. Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated? 1 Corinthians 6:7

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear Hebrews 11

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:35-39

As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.  And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.2 Timothy 4.8

Let we also declared and take a decision not for othersbut for ourselvesand for our eternal life and to prove our true love towards Jesus and our heavenly Father.

What our Elder brother Jesussays

The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.John 15:19.Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”John 14:21

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.1 John 2:15. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the Day of Judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.1 John 4:17Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” John 18:36

Jesus, the True Vine

Jesus says “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.  You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.For apart from me you can do nothing.  Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers.

Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.  But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. John 15:1-8.


Every Christian very well known for the wagesofsin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:23.Hence, it is not the death of body, but it is death of sprit.

People don’t like death of body but, it will be happen one day for every one born in the world. But death of sprit is more serious and few of them were escape for this by the grace of God. We can only escape from the death of sprit. Therefore we are more care to which we may not take care but, we don’t care for which we should take more care.One thing is true,if everyone who love Jesus and who has faith on Jesus willfulfil these three point.

There are three reasonswhy we are sin again and again….

1.      Number one wedo not love Jesus as He loves us. If you love more you will be always thinking how to please Him. Then automatically your problem will be how can I sin against my Lord like Joseph statement against sin that how could I do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.”

2.       Number two we are so proud enough than being humble. So we lack in God’s grace. As the word of God says,Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Romans 6, 12-14.Hence, if we are not under the grace, sin will overcome us.

3.      Number three we don’t understand properly the value of Jesus’s blood. God gives us freely and we have not paid anything for it. Suppose if one litter of water is 1000 dollarwill we spent the water freely as we do it now? In theOld Testament people spent their money every year in buying offerings, this custom was stopped by Jesus.Even the whole world is not equal for the value of one small drop of Jesus blood.

But we just commitsin and come before the holy alter,take part in the communion, drink His Holy blood without understanding the real value of it, this is because we freely get it and we forget how much the Lord suffered in the Cross. Will it be alright if it is required to pay all our bank balance and our wealth for one communion, can we sin again? Never.The poor pitiable Christian don’t Know the value of his master Jesus’sblood.

But our common enemy Satan know itvery well than us. This is the common problem among us Christian. Then how can we set us free from our sin?My dear beloved brother please remember,“For the wagesofsin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” Rom 6:23. And we have to repent every day and humble ourselves before the Lord and receive His grace.

Thereforeif we love God, we will never sin. You may the layman, you may be a milliner, you may be a beggar in the street, like the Lazarus, keep in mind God did not reject the beggar in street to his eternal life, further you may be REV, or DR.or may be a pastor or Brother or prophetor preacher that doesn’t matter, in order to receive the crown of righteousness, you need to fulfil the following three majorrequirements.

1. Have fought the good fight.

2. Have finished your race.You may have a good start and may not be continue, or you should not be stop or turn back in negative direction and not to fight with co-player.And nowwhere you my dear friend .Judge yourself.

3. Have kept the faith. Many of us start with faith and not keep it but everyone who endures to the end will be saved.

Hence, these are the three major requirements you need tofulfil. The decision lies in your hand, it is for your own eternal life. People sin not seeking pleasure in eternal life but for the dust worldly pleasure which is going to be destroyed completely and nothing will come along with you rather than your Character. What you practise every day will decide your character.  Practise your life with love of God. A person who loves the Lord will learn to love his enemy too. Have you fought a good fight? If so you will get the good yield from it.

God will help you do His ministry. Consider this as serious and seek the Lord’s help in following his commands. If we fail in these area, even our great ministry will never help us. Please remember Paul’s goldenwords. ‘I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified’.

1 Corinthians 9:27.We must have this fear always my dear beloved Brother in Christ. I think I may be correct we are not as much spiritual than Paul is. We still try to reach near him.  So we have to humble more and to be put our head on dust.That’s why I have sent Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of how I follow Christ Jesus, just as I teach in all the churches wherever I go.1 Corinthians 4:17.And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ1 Corinthians 11.1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.Hebrews 12.1-4

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. 12 All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God—the New Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name. Revelation 3.12

Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.  All glory to him who alone is God, our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.

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