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Evangeline Paul Dhinakaran

Faithful to the Lord

Sis. Evangeline Paul Dhinakaran
13 Jan
Dear friend, today the Lord has a wonderful promise for you from Revelation 2:10, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor's crown.” How can we be faithful unto death? The Lord says, “In this world you will have trouble but take heart for I have overcome the world.” The whole world is under the sway of the evil one. He is the one who brings trouble in our lives. But if we get hold of God who overcame the world, we will remain faithful to God and God will honor us by giving the crown of life.

When we get to heaven the Lord Himself will crown us with the crown of life. For us to be faithful unto death we have to endure the tests and temptations of the world. It is very hard for us to overcome these temptations. But Jesus also went through this same path when He was in this world. In Matthew 4:1 the Bible says, “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Jesus knows what we are going through. He will make a way of escape when we go through temptations. We have to tell the Lord, “Lord, I will be ready and running for you till the end of my days.” We have to ready to run for the Lord till then end. In a competition, people will be going through strict training. In 1 Corinthians 9:25, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” In competitions, people do it for crowns that will not last but we compete for a crown that lasts forever.
 My husband always says, “Evangeline, let’s run for the Lord till our last breath. Wherever the Lord takes us to minister let us go. Let us not think about ourselves or our family or the people around us. When we take care of the Lord’s ministry He will take care of our family.” These words are still ringing in my ears. So let’s run for the Lord like how St.Paul says in Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Let’s have this goal in our lives. Let’s get ready for the coming of the Lord. In Matthew 24:44 God says, “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” The Lord will be coming to this world as King of kings at anytime. So let’s run toward that goal and win the prize.
Prayer:
Loving Heavenly Father,

As You have promised the crown of life, give me strength to run to win this prize. It is very hard to overcome the temptations but help me through Your Holy Spirit to be an overcomer. You are the very present help in the times of trouble. You alone can help me and make me get hold of the prize for which You have called me.

In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen.

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