Skip to main content

Casting Crowns before the Lord

The four and twenty Elders fell down before him that sat on the throne, and worshipped him that liveth for evermore, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy will’s sake they are, and have been created.

Rev. 4: 10, 11 (1599 Geneva Bible)

Dear Friends,

This Scripture from the Book of Revelation weighs heavy upon my heart as I observe the modern Church in America. The Geneva Bible study note for verse 10 explains:

Three signs of honor given unto God, prostration or falling down, adoration and
casting their crowns before God, in which the godly, though made kings by
Christ, do willingly empty themselves of all glory, moved with a religious
respect for the majesty of God.

Are you moved with a religious respect for the majesty of God? Or truly committed to laying down your life for Christ and willing to “cast” your “crown” before Him? I ask because I see little dying to self within the American Church and much living for the world and self-gratification. I hear much talk about “my rights” and little said about the glory of persecution for the advancement of the Gospel. Instead I see Christians joining with unbelievers to advance their cause and following leaders who make their living by stirring up fear and anger.

The Geneva Bible study note for verse 11 states:

The sum of their speech: that all glory must be given unto God: the reason,
because he is the eternal beginning of all things, from whose only will they
have their being and are governed: and finally in all respects are that which
they are.

Do you have this high and a lofty view of our Lord? Do you see Him as the Sovereign King of Heaven and Earth? That He is “the eternal beginning of all things” and that it is from His will we have our “being and are governed”? If so, my friends please take heart and stand firm for Christ. Don’t let fear be your master. But instead,

“...walk in love, even as Christ hath loved us, and given himself for us, to be
an offering and a sacrifice of a sweet smelling savor to God.” (Eph. 5: 2)

Remember and encourage yourselves with these truths:

“...let us also, seeing that we are compassed with so great a cloud of
witnesses, cast away everything that presseth down, and the sin that hangeth so
fast on: let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set
before him, endured the cross, and despised the shame, and is set at the right
hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12: 1, 2)
My prayer is you will see with the eyes of your heart the glorious riches we have in Christ and that obedience and faithfulness to Him is our greatest expression of love.

May you trust in Him alone. Amen.

All Scripture used is from the 1599 Geneva Bible.


Popular posts from this blog

A Judge and the Ten Commandments

We now face a new moral crisis, a new crisis of conscience, for voters in the United States, specifically, this time voters in the state of Alabama. That's because on December 12 the voters of that state will elect a new United States Senator in a special election made necessary in order to fill the seat that had been vacated by the current Attorney General of the United States Jeff Sessions. - Dr. Albert Mohler - President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary ( Daily Briefing 11.13.17)

Dear Friends,
There has been much discussion on the Roy Moore US Senate race and recent allegations of sexual impropriety and child sexual abuse made by women who claim to have been teenagers when these events took place. Those of you who follow my blogs know that I once was a supporter of Judge Moore and theonomy in general. 
However, I had a change of heart regarding theonomy several years ago (2013), and now I am no longer a supporter of Judge Moore.  I believe there are credible reports th…

Aiming for Godly Growth in 2018

Dear Friends,

There is much busyness in the life of today's women, but if you are a Christian, you will have a desire to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. Here are some recently written articles by other authors I think you'll find valuable. I pray you'll make time to read and reflect upon the godly advice and wisdom shared in each one.

The first article is On Being a Christian Woman in the Year of Our Lord, 2018written by Abigail Dodds and posted at her blog Hope and Stay.

Abigail writes about the hunger of Christian women for sound teaching in today's churches, which is right and good, but also warns of some pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Here are some valuable excerpts from her article:
Here’s my summary: Biblically-conservative Christian women are eager to have visible, biblically-conservative leadership by women in their churches and eager to learn from gifted, female Bible teachers whether locally or nationally. Secondly, women with the gift of teach…

What on earth was Roy Moore thinking?

Dear Friends,

Yesterday I saw this tweet repeating a comment reported by the LA Times that Roy Moore made at a campaign rally last September when one of his supporters asked him when he thought the last time America was "great:"
"I think it was great at the time when families were united—even though we had slavery—they cared for one another…Our families were strong, our country had a direction." (Taken from Roy Moore: Last Time America was 'Great" was During 'Slavery'; Newsweek, 12.7.2017) I realize this is being presented out of context and sensationalized, but really, folks, what on earth was Roy Moore thinking when he said it?  Regardless of how foolish making such a comment is during a public campaign event for a national office, it's just plain wrong.

My father's family is from the south - we can trace our ancestry back to the War for Independence with our family patriarch Capt. John Somers possibly serving under George Washington at …