8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.
The passage is speaking to the church in Philadelphia, one of the two churches in the book of Revelation that did not have to repent from their works. This church is called the faithful church. Oh to be known by your walk to be faithful. How you live and persevere through all of life’s challenges with a love for the Lord that is unchanged can be and should be considered faithful. I won’t take nothing for my journey comes to mind. I’m sitting here scratching my head as I’ve just been dealt two devastating blows of news. News I didn’t want to hear presenting problems I don’t want to solve. If I were anyone other than God’s child, I’d be somewhere sitting in a room with a jacket fastened in the back rocking back and forth. It feels as if I avoid one bomb just to be stopped in front of another. What do I do? I keep fighting because this war is not over. The war of the mind that would have me take the easy road out and just be crazy or drunk or addicted or whatever else there is to do to numb pain and disappointment. I pull those foolish thoughts down and cry out to the Lord who hears me when I call! JESUS, help me endure this moment in Your production of my life.
His response is always His word that comforts and keeps me. Karen, I will never put more on you than you are able to bear. Karen, you are more than a conqueror. Karen, my grace is sufficient for you. Karen, be of good cheer- I overcome the world. Karen, walk by faith and not by sight. Karen, let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus. Karen, trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto you own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. Karen, be still and know that I am God. Karen, hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.
I’m getting through this storm and I’m holding on to every Word I’ve heard or read or ministered myself. I’m holding on to every prophecy spoken over my life and that of my family’s. I’m holding on to every Word that has been proven in me and I’m persevering because I want the crown promised to me. I’ve fought a good fight, but my race isn’t over yet so I’ve got to keep fighting to stay fruitful, compassionate, loving, free, pure, holy, anointed, powerful, strong, joyful, and at peace. I am victorious and the Lord still reigns.
All my life I’ve had to fight and I’ll be fighting until the day of Jesus Christ.