“Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world. 11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.“
Rev. 3:1o-11, NLT
The crown you wear is vulnerable. Sorry. But the truth is that the crown we wear can be snatched, and taken away from us. The dark enemy would love to lift it up, and the hoards of evil would rejoice over their victory in a dark demonstration of their power over you.
Jesus has issued a command. His instruction communicates to us an awareness of what evil is about to do. He tells us that there is a testing, and that there is the need for endurance. We can so easily be led into darkness, and the enemy is pressing us with all his might.
Our crowns can be taken. They will not be returned, at least not without issues. Evil will come from this failure to keep watch. Our spiritual life has been harmed and weakened. Our crown becomes Satan’s trophy, and he gloats as shows off his collection. We will become destitute of spirit, and our life starts to reflect the darkness. Evil repeatedly does this, and we should realize that this. We cannot give in to this intimidation.
Remember, the crown the Holy Spirit gave you is extremely important. It has a significance. We look at our crown, and we can draw conclusions. First He has given us an authority, and a place in his kingdom which is secure. He meets our needs as we work out the kingdom in this world. He works hard to turn us into a ‘marvel’ of grace. We are royalty; princes and princesses of the High King. We serve Him alone.
My dear brother or sister, you wear a crown that sets you apart. Wear it, with a spiritual awareness that you are special. You are of a kingly lineage. Rub shoulders with all that is good. Become a companion of all those who are friendly to the truth. Walk humbly, yet boldly. You must hold on to everything that belongs to you.
“Sixty million Americans – that’s one in five adults – will experience a mental illness in the coming year. That means every one of us knows someone who is living with a mental illness – depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, an eating disorder, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and some additionally have a substance abuse.”
The stats are staggering. They are also easily forgotten. (It seems that we approach life not as it is, but as we want it to be.) But consider this:
• Half of all adults will suffer from mental illness in their lifetime.
• Half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14.
• One in five children will have a mental illness by age 18.
• Ninety percent of people who die by suicide also had mental illness.
Brokenbelievers is not just a “niche” site– we’re dealing with hardcore issues that are significant for far too many. Mental illness is a pervasive and terrible issue in our society. Christians must witness to what Jesus can do in the midst of this. We are his witnesses.
Accentuating this, our mental health care system is broken. Jails and prisons have become “dumping grounds” for afflicted people. I guess that this is considered “routine” for us. Imagine the outcry if, instead of doing this to the mentally ill, we did incarcerated those with diabetes? Yet we do so because that’s the way the system works.
There are many beautifully competent people who toil in the mental health field. Some of the kindest and caring can be found working in these places. They deserved to be commended, not vilified.
The landscape is strewn with casualties. Mental illness will affect half of adults in their lifetimes, and the collateral damage can’t even begin to be quantified. Our therapists, nurses and doctors have a grisly job security. Money can never fix our system of dealing with those with a mental illness.
Many of us will disagree about what to do.
Perhaps we should advocate a multi-prong approach. Brokenbelievers exists for Christian believers that are having to work out their faith in the presence of a tenacious illness. It’s good to have someone that understands depression or other issues in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.
We must think differently– and do differently. With God’s help we can.