1 John 5:4-5, “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?“
If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Proverbs 24:10 and Isaiah 40:8)
The sky and the earth (the universe, the world) will pass away, but My words will not pass away.
But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the giddiness and headache and nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to the business of this life, and lest that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose;
For it will come upon all who live upon the face of the entire earth.
Take God seriously; Jesus said, “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.”
Keep awake then and watch at all times [be discreet, attentive, and ready], praying that you may have the full strength and ability and be accounted worthy to escape all these things taken together that will take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.
Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
or, whine, Israel, saying,
“God has lost track of me.
He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.
Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
The most well-known and beloved race horse of the twentieth century, this champion (Secretariat) proved that the impossible is possible. When the trumpet sounded, he charged into the fray in frenzied excitement, afraid of nothing.
Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The laurel wreath, with its incorporated banner, reminds us of the need to strive for excellence. A laurel wreath was conferred in ancient times as a symbol of honor and glory. The recipient was recognized not only for their excellence but for exhibiting traits of honor, truth, and justice. The laurel wreath crown is awarded to those who are the very best, and is a significant mark of achievement.
If you have ears, then, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches!
To those who win the victory I will give the right to eat the fruit of the tree of life that grows in the Garden of God.
To those who win the victory I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give each of them a white stone on which is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.
Those who win the victory will not be hurt by the second death.
To those who win the victory, who continue to the end to do what I want, I will give the same authority that I received from my Father: I will give them authority over the nations, to rule them with an iron rod and to break them to pieces like clay pots. I will also give them the morning star.
Those who win the victory will be clothed like this in white, and I will not remove their names from the book of the living. In the presence of my Father and of his angels I will declare openly that they belong to me.
I will make those who are victorious pillars in the temple of my God, and they will never leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which will come down out of heaven from my God. I will also write on them my new name.
To those who win the victory I will give the right to sit beside me on my throne, just as I have been victorious and now sit by my Father on his throne.
Those who win the victory will receive this from me: I will be their God, and they will be my children.
(Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26-28, 3:5, 12, 21,