YOUR REWARD HAS COME
By Dan Luehrs
"Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.” Rev 22:12 (NASU)
I was out on our lawn one day when I heard this verse in my spirit and began to ponder on it. How many funerals have I gone to where the Pastor has used this verse and said the deceased has gone on to their reward in heaven? I am not saying that there are no rewards in heaven for the faithful when we die. Yet in this verse Jesus is not speaking about us getting a reward in heaven, He is talking about the here and now. For some reason I like the here and now a little better then always having to wait to die and get to heaven to receive my inheritance. When we do die and go to heaven I think we will be amazed at how much of His blessings we could have had here on earth in our life-time, but because we did not have faith for it we did not receive them.
What is wrong with traditional Christianity? We always using terms like, “Do you want to go to heaven when you die?” When the truth of the matter is, we sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus when we receive Him into our heart. I consider myself to be one of the most blessed persons in all the earth because I have a relationship with the living God. I sense His loving presence and joy most days that I wake up. He comes now to reward us for our faith-fullness (being full of faith) in seeking Him through all our daily trials and testing’s. God is looking for a people to bless extravagantly with His grace and presence if they will just take the time to be with Him each day.
“…That our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power.” 2 Thess 1:11 (NASU)
If you are reading this it is because you have not given up on your faith and you are still following Jesus to the best of your ability. God now rewards this type of faith because frankly, WE NEED IT to keep going and not give up! Imagine having a job that never paid you one cent? You would quit! What use is it of having a job that we do not get any payment for our time? In the spirit and in the natural realm we are rewarded for our work of faith, we follow the Lord in faith when we seek His face for His will to be done in our lives.
Jesus said in Revelation 3:18, “I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich…” We cannot give money to the Lord for refined spiritual gold, which is the nature of God’s character. But we can pay the price of following the Lord through the obedience of faith and being changed into the likeness of Christ through our tribulations. Works of faith are the very thing that change us from day to day as we pay the price of following Him. God loves to reward the faith filled believers with the closeness of His presence, for He has promised to manifest Himself to all who draw close to Him.
In the last 35 years I have tried to follow the Lord and He has rewarded me more times than I can know of in this lifetime, I am so thankful for His goodness unto me even when I don’t deserve it. I am sure there are more ways that He rewards us then I could even begin to think of, so here are a few ways of His blessing that comes to us.
1. We are rewarded when we choose to spend time with Him.
"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Matt 6:6 (NASU)
God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die for us so that we could have fellowship with the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit daily. God is closer to us than our next breath and all we have to do is to begin to fellowship with Him in our heart wherever we are and He is right there in the closet of our heart. He rewards us with joy, peace, love, and just feeling accepted into the heart of God. Again in how many He rewards us is unfathomable, all I know is that when we fall in love with Jesus He is there as our friend for life. Amazing!
2. We are rewarded with His manifest presence.
He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him." John 14:21 (NKJV)
He said that He would reveal Himself to us individually, not just in a group of people. God’s presence means more to me then the very air I breathe. It amazes me how He can come to me just seemingly out of thin air with His manifest presence. I remember when I was young in the Lord as His presence would fill the room and my heart, I would say, “What is this?” Not understanding that God is everywhere and it’s not Him that comes to us so much, but we come to Him when we open our hearts to praise and thank Him for His goodness to us, and as we ask Him to fill us with His Holy Spirit.
3. We are rewarded when we bless others in the body of Christ.
"And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward." Matt 10:42 (NASU)
If we just encourage a believer in Jesus we will be rewarded by the Father for blessing one of His children. We must understand that God wants to work through our lives to be His hand and heart to bless anyone of His chosen ones. Many blessing will come upon our lives because of this one thing, go out and bless the family of God!
I have written of this event in my life often because it was so pivotal When I was fourteen I was a cook in a local restaurant close to my home. One day I was in the men’s restroom and there were paper towels on the floor and I picked them up and threw them into the waste basket. When for the very first time in my life I heard the voice of God say to me, “I will bless your life if you continue to do that.” I knew even at the age I knew what He meant. That if I serve people without them seeing my servanthood He will reward me openly. I am now 54 years old and I still do this in the men’s restrooms. God has truly blessed me and has kept His word to me even though I have come through many storms of life where people have forsaken me and counted me out. Never, never give up on God or yourself, never! Even as I tell my wife, “If I died today I could say I have lived a most blessed life because of God’s goodness to me.”
4. There are rewards in heaven.
"Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.” Luke 6:23 (NASU)
Again this does not mean when we die. Heaven is another word for the spirit world that we all live in every day, but very few Christians even acknowledge it. When we spend time in God’s presence we are truly in heavenly or spiritual places with Christ Jesus and He is rewarding us with the revelation of Himself through the word of God and the Holy Spirit.
5. Rewarded for loving others.
"But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Luke 6:35 (NASU)
This is probably the biggest reward from the Father, to become the sons of God. The word [Son] means to be like the Father. This is one reward we can never comprehend in the natural mind, but I sure like the sound of it! Don’t you?
6. Here’s one reward that will spiritually stretch you. We are rewarded with our seemingly failure at times because God’s ways are not ours. Let me explain what I mean.
“…Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Rev 2:10 (NASU)
The reward of the crown of life sounds great, again, beyond our comprehension, but we do not like the dying to self part to get it! It seems like it would be a great failure to die and not accomplish a whole lot in this life, but He who has our times in His hand knows what is best for us.
What is failure anyway? Is dying on the cross a failure? The people of Jesus day sure thought it was including all the disciples that watched Him die. How about the Apostle Paul who got his head cut off in prison while the churches he gave his life to build are falling into apostasy. How about all the disciples dying for their faith? Our thoughts of failure are sure different then God’s are. We must have faith that He is the rewarder of those who seek and follow Him in faith, because that is what God is right now rewarding in our life. Our faith that is tried by fire! There comes a point in life where we must view our failures as success in the eyes of faith. Knowing that we have served God with our whole heart yet seemingly coming up short in our own eyes and the eyes of others. Failure is truly God’s back door to success.
7. Our great reward is to be the eternal city of God, the New Jerusalem now, not just some time in the future. There are only two spiritual cities that people live their lives in, the New Jerusalem or Great Babylon (confusion). We either identify with the word of God as our constitution, with our world view of Jesus being King over our lives and country. Or we constitute the ways of the world which is governed by the evil prince of darkness.
Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth, say to the daughter of Zion, "Lo, your salvation comes; behold His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him." And they will call them, "The holy people, the redeemed of the Lord"; and you will be called, "Sought out, a city not forsaken." Isa 62:11-12 (NASU)
The Kingdom of God will stand
A few of us were in prayer as the Lord began to speak prophetically through me. The Lord began speaking about the times that we are living in that is so exciting that we can be alive in this day.
The word went on to say that the world system we are living in is like a sand castle that is about to collapse all around us like a house of cards. In my vision I saw another city arise from the dust, in fact it never fell! What I saw next was awesome.
As the people of the kingdom of God remained standing all the other people that were of the kingdoms of this world rushed into the kingdom of God and the city of God grew upward rapidly in size and numbers.
The Lord quickly confirmed what I saw in the spirit this morning that I was seeing correctly. As the spirit of prophecy was upon me I had visions for the people that where there. I told one man that I saw the Lord giving him ice cleats because he needed to climb a mountain that was standing before him in the spirit covered with ice and that God would send down a rope to help him come up higher into the realms of God. He told me that God had given him the same dream two nights ago. Only God could have known this and revealed it to me. All praise and honor goes to Him!
AT THIS CURRENT TIME
Right now we are seeing some nations in total financial and moral upheaval where the people are starving and are killing Zoo animals to stay alive, like in Venezuela. Brazil and other countries in Europe are not far behind this economic collapse, if we look closely at the United States we would see huge cracks in the foundation of this country with 20 trillion dollars of debt. Not to mention our current moral failure as a people, church and all. When we lose our moral fabric we lose our structure and fortification for society to remain strong for the next generations to come. Like in Europe there is a near negative birth rate because people are so selfish that they want to live unto themselves rather than sacrifice for the next generations. Now non-Christian people are taking over there because they have lost their heritage and faith of their fathers.
This is what the prophet Daniel saw of our day.
"…You continued looking until a stone (Jesus) was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue (the world system of Babylon, meaning confusion) on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them. …and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain (the kingdom of God) and filled the whole earth.” Dan 2:34-35 (NASU)
Fear not my friends! Just as Daniel saw the kingdom of God grow and fill the earth so will Christian people prosper as never before. It is the people of the city that makes up the city, we might think that buildings and structures do, but without the people buildings are nothing, but empty. When the sand castles fell in my vision it was because of the great shaking that had taken place there, it was the kingdom of God (God’s people) that remained standing when everything else fell around them.
“And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, "YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN." This expression, "Yet once more," denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” Heb 12:26-29 (NASU)
In my vision I saw clearly the people of God remain standing upright while those around them fell because they had no spiritual life on the inside of them. It was like if a human body that did not have any bone structure in their body, so they would collapse into a blob of nothing, but because of our bones we have form. So is the spiritual life inside each of us, it is the structure of who we are, our moral character that causes us not to collapse when we are tried with great trials in this life. This is why our trials are great blessings in disguise because they only make us stronger under pressure.
I also received Isaiah 6:7.
“Of the increase of His government and peace
there will be no end,
upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
to order it and establish it with judgment and justice
from that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”
What does this all mean for us who are already in the Kingdom of God? Get ready, because the nations are about to come to us in great numbers and get saved and filled with the Holy Spirit’s life and joy in the midst of chaos!
“For seven women will take hold of one man in that day, saying, "We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach!" In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel. It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy — everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem. When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, then the Lord will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.” Isa 4 (NASU)
This is our heritage, and this is our future to see the King of kings be glorified in the earth through His people. The day is at hand, fear not the shaking of the world, but stand in faith for it has been for told us! “And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!” Rev 18:2 (NASU)
Get ready for a wild and exciting ride my friends!
BUILDING OUR LIVES ON THE ROCK
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. "Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. "The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell — and great was its fall Matt 7:24-27 (NASU)
The only way that we are going to make it and prosper through what is coming is for us to build our lives on a personal relationship with the living God. He has given us His word to keep us from falling with the world. But if we have and continue to build with the sand of the world we will fall with it.
We have been given our inheritance now because Jesus died and rose again that we would not have to wait until we die to get it. Heaven is our reward, and the closeness of His presence is for us now while we walk on the earth. Why not take advantage of His reward and forget none of His benefits.
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