“Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown” (Rev 3:10, 11)
Today I saw a strange picture in the internet. It was the coronation of Miss Brazil 2015. The officials were placing the crown of her head. Suddenly, the runner-up attacked her and forcefully removed her crown claiming that she is more beautiful than the winner. Of course ‘the loser’ was disqualified on the spot for such an ugly act. And the crown came back to the queen. This picture reminded me of a scripture from the Book of Revelation.
Read the scripture above. This is a warning to the believers. It comes from the resurrected Christ. To be a king it is more than just to have ‘luck’ or money. It is more than just to have a crown on your head. The devil is a thief. Men steal crowns and titles. There shall be a testing to prove true royalty. The word ‘test’ means to endure the pain of piercing without complaining or desiring to backslide. If you take your cross daily and follow your Jesus, your King, you shall get used to the pain of piercing and you shall be able to endure any other pain.
You need to value the price paid for your salvation and for your crown. Jesus died to set you free, to bring you into His family of kings and priests. This honor of the saints must be jealously guarded. You need the strength of the Holy Spirit to preserve your testimony. You cannot depend on the power or wisdom of your flesh, for it shall fail in the hour of trial. Your crown is a badge of royalty, the prize of a champion in the public games, a symbol of universal honor. Your crown is the visible proof that God has rewarded your silent, behind the scenes, faithfulness in all things. Hold fast to it! It is yours in His name!
Also, never forget that you have a mortal enemy. The devil hates God’s favor and reflected glory on you. He wants to steal your reputation, reward and testimony as a believer. He is a wicked, greedy, jealous, covetous and violent enemy. He will attack, bribe, manipulate or deceive to take your crown. Be watchful and pray.
The way to keep your ‘crown’ is ‘to keep the Word of My perseverance’. The word ‘keep’ appears two times. It means to guard from loss or injury by keeping an eye on it. It is what the commander of a prison does. No prisoner can be kidnaped or escape from within. Or it is like a mother observing her baby; he can go very far for the mother watches him.
You need to be patient, to persevere in all trials. Waiting on God is not easy but is a command from the Word of God. You need to remain humble and faithful as you wait. The devil will bring a proposal for you to become restless or doubtful. The devil will try to deceive you to promote yourself. The good and noble heart produces fruit thru perseverance. The promises of God are fulfilled thru faith and perseverance. God knows that you are waiting for Him. He knows how slow the time passes. He knows every moment and counts every heartbeat. You are not alone in this holy waiting. You are blessed as you wait for God to come ‘quickly’. Read and meditate on the Word of God. Patiently and faithfully bear the trials of life.
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
The devil attacked me but he lost the battle! Again!
I hold fast to my crown, to my reward!
God is my reward!
In Jesus name