Topic - Inspiration and Encouragement
The righteousness of God (has been manifest) through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His Grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:22-24 - ESV)
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 8:38-39 - KJV)
Whoever believes and holds to Christ's Word, heaven stands open to him, hell is shut, the devil is imprisoned, sins are forgiven, and he is a child of eternal life. That is what this book teaches you - the Holy Scripture - and no other book on earth. - Martin Luther
Thoughts on victorious Christian living.
by Barry Wood
Bring Forth the Royal Diadem
"The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow. You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord's hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God." (Isaiah 62:2-3 - NIV)
Let me establish the truth regarding Old Testament prophecy. The prophets spoke and wrote words that God gave them. They were anointed by the Holy Spirit to speak. Often, the words were directed toward nations. Even more often, they were directed toward the nation of Israel. Some suggest that these words are not applicable to our lives today. But I believe they are. "All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16). Therefore, the words the prophets wrote apply to us as much as they did to the nations of the day.
I simply want to encourage us today. A diadem is a royal crown. This verse tells us that we are becoming a royal crown in the hand of God. For all the negative things we think about ourselves, all the lies the enemy speaks to us and about us, this should brighten our days and excite us for the days to come. Our lives are so special to God that he considers us royalty. Indeed we are royalty because we are the bride of Christ himself, a queen of sorts, in the kingdom of God.
The word of encouragement from God is personal. He does not just call us a royal diadem. He says that we are a royal diadem in his own hand. We are held by him. We are so precious that he will not let us go. Even more than a crown adorned with priceless jewels is valued by its keeper, we are valued by God. We are so valuable that God will call us by new names. Ones that he created for us. We have names that identify us in this world, for this life, but the names he is giving us are eternal, powerful, honored ones that display the glory of God's splendor.
The old hymn, All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name, says this: "All hail the power of Jesus' name, let angels prostrate fall. Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all." Now, how valuable are we, that we are that royal diadem. The angels bow in honor of this truth. Jesus is Lord of all, and we are his royal diadem. We are honored and all the nations of the earth, all the kings of those nations, will one day bow before Jesus and honor him, wearing the crown royalty made of the saints. How precious is this amazing truth.
So be encouraged. Your life counts for something. In fact, it counts for something awesome, eternal, and powerful. You have a name that was given by God himself. You are a priceless crown, a royal diadem in the hand of our God. This gives us new respect for our brothers and sisters. They must not be treated shamefully. They are part of the royal diadem as well. Let us live our lives as royalty, held in the palm of God's hand. No more waiting. Bring forth the royal diadem!
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