“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.