"Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your
crown." Rev. 3:11

"But hold fast what you have till I come."  Rev. 2:25

Part of the Lord's message to the churches in Philadelphia and Thyatira was to hold
fast what was given to them, so no one can take their reward.

In these times of turmoil and testing, we need to hold fast unto Jesus and those
things He has entrusted to us.
Hold fast - the crown He has given you, because it is the crown you will cast before
the throne as the elders cast their crowns before Him (see Rev. 4:10).


Hold fast to God and in what the Lord has entrusted you with.  The revelations He
has given you, the intimacy you have with Him, and the many battles you have
overcome in Him.  Remain in purity, honesty and integrity.  Also keep your

"They overcame him (the accuser of the brethren) by the blood of the Lamb and by the
word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death." Rev. 12:11 (italics

The overcomer's crown is the Greek word "stephanos".  It comes from the word
"steph", which means to "encircle". It denotes a 'victor's crown', the symbol of
triumph.  It's also a token of "public honor" for distinguished service.  This crown is
the crown of crowns; righteousness, honor, glory and life.

Crown of Glory  1 Peter 5:4 , 1 Cor. 9:24-25 (see on left)
imperishable or incorruptible crown - given to believers who run the race and point to Jesus
Crown of rejoicing   1 Thess. 2:19,20  (see on left)

Crown of life  James 1:12 (see on left)  Rev. 2:8-11
referred to as Martyr's crown, endure trials, tribulation, suffering, even death

Crown of righteousness  2 Tim. 4:8 (see on left)

"The bride made herself ready..."  (see Rev. 19:7-8)

The Lord is looking for His bride; those who are desperate for Him and will respond
appropriately to the circumstances, testings and disciplines, presently facing.  Those trials serve as
a refiners fire to refine and prepare us.  The pressures are designed to press us into the image of
Jesus. So do not run from it, but embrace and allow for the fire to burn up the chaff, so that you will
be able
to arise and shine, for the light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon
you.  (see Isaiah 60).

We must return to our first love and do the first works as our only means to
overcoming.  The church at Ephesus was reprimanded, because they left their first
love  (see Revelation 2:4-5).  They lost the
passionate love for Jesus and left the
sovereign leading of the Holy Spirit.    

So did the church at Sardis.  They fell asleep and the Lord told them to awaken.  See
more about it in the article "

The wise virgins, who had plenty of oil, qualified themselves as overcomers.  They
knew how to get the oil from Jesus.  The intimacy and hours spent with the Beloved
filled them to overflowing and their heads were anointed with fresh oil

Many are pulled here and there and are afraid, because of the influence of others
and what is told in the media!  
Instead diligently seek the abiding presence of the Lord and cultivate a sensitivity to
His voice.   As we hear His voice, we can follow His direction and do what He tells us
to do in this hour,   

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life!!!  We must remain in His Life and Light as
He is the Light of the world.  Therefore we will walk in His glory and release His
manifest presence and the atmosphere of heaven wherever we go.

Gabriele Gilpin

P.O. Box 350352
Jacksonville, FL 32235
1 Cor. 9:24,25 Do you not
know that those who run in
a race all run, but one
receives the prize? Run in
such a way that you may
obtain it. And everyone who
competes for the prize is
temperate in all things. Now
they do it to obtain a
perishable crown, but we for
an imperishable crown.

1 Thess. 2:19,20 For what is
our hope, or joy, or crown of
rejoicing? Is it not even you
in the presence of our Lord
Jesus Christ at His coming?
For you are our glory and

James 1:12 Blessed is the
man who endures
temptation; for when he has
been approved, he will
receive the crown of life
which the Lord has promised
to those who love Him.

2 Tim. 4:8 Finally, there is
laid up for me the crown of
righteousness, which the
Lord, the righteous Judge,
will give to me on that Day,
and not to me only but also
to all who have loved His

1 Peter 5:1~4 The elders
who are among you I exhort,
I who am a fellow elder and
a witness of the sufferings of
Christ, and also a partaker
of the glory that will be
revealed: Shepherd the
flock of God which is among
you, serving as overseers,
not by compulsion but
willingly, not for dishonest
gain but eagerly; nor as
being lords over those
entrusted to you, but being
examples to the flock; and
when the Chief Shepherd
appears, you will receive the
crown of glory that does not
fade away
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