CROWNED - Don Riddle and My Cup Runneth Over. - Tim Stroud

Crowned

 

Crowns. We find them in all sorts of places. In checkers, you are crowned if you make it to your opponent’s baseline. We have homecoming kings and queens. Beauty pageant winners are crowned, and even our senior citizen centers get in on the fun on occasion. 

Jesus got one, but I dare say that none of us would want one like it. It was rough. It was handmade. It was painful — a crown of thorns. Mocking. Demeaning. Spiteful. God tosses it aside 3 days later, and let Stephen see where Jesus was then, standing on the Father’s right hand in Heaven, Acts 7:56. 

Time is coming when God will honor us in ways that we cannot be honored on this Earth. It has to do with crowns. Since God wants us with Him, He gives us a crown of righteousness, 2 Tim 4:8. We now have the every right to be in His presence with no fear. That crown has no time limit for it is imperishable, 1 Cor 9:25. That’s why it’s called a crown of life, James 1:12, for life has been given to us.

These crowns are humbling in themselves, because we know that we don’t deserve them. That makes the last crown truly humbling, the crown of glory. Found in 1 Pet 5:4, a passage speaking about elders, a crown of glory awaits, but that crown is not reserved for them only. Heb. 2:10 tells us that God is intent on “bringing many sons to glory...”. When Christ is in us, He is our “hope of glory”, Col 1:27. Glory, never imagined, never earned, never to be removed, is given to us that walk with Jesus. That’s the crown that we get. 

Crowned, not with another piece in a checkers set, not with a crown to be relinquished next year, but with glory, righteousness, and life...forever

Our God is indeed...Good! Glory awaits us.

Don Riddle

 

My cup runneth over.

One morning at work while making myself some coffee using our Keurig I seemed to wake up as my cup started to overflow. As I quietly cleaned up my mess before anyone noticed, a smile started to grow over my face. What I had done was humorous, but then I thought about Psalm 23, “My cup runneth over, surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever”.

How often are we unobservant to the blessings that God gives us each day? A new day of life, good health that allows us to see, smell, hear, walk, talk. Do we see our cup as half empty instead of half full? Are we grateful for what we do have or consumed with what we don’t?

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.” Ephesians 1:3-4

Johnson Oatman, Jr. lived in a home filled with hymns and grew up listening to a father who loved to sing. Born in 1856, he would be remembered primarily as an important Gospel songwriter the author of text to more than 5,000 hymns. In one of his most remembered songs he spoke of personal struggles and challenges, describing times of being "tempest tossed,” “discouraged,” and “thinking all is lost.”

In those dark times, he found the answer in gratitude to God: “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.” He knew that believers could feel “burdened with a load of care, or the cross seems heavy we are called to bear.” He wrote, as you “count your many blessings,” you will find that “every doubt will fly.” Instead of being discouraged, “you will keep singing as the days go by.”

As we think about God’s Word, we must realize that God has promised “His wealth untold.” No matter what we face in life, we must remember that “God is over all.” Today, stop for a moment to count your blessings. Put aside questions and problems. Start naming His blessings one by one. Thank God for what He has already has done, for what he is doing, and for what he will do!

Tim Stroud

 

 

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