CROWNS OF BELIEVERS
By Rhoda Collins
As believers, the Bible says that there are eight crowns. Seven of them that we can wear. Six of them we should strive to wear.
The Bible says that once a person confesses that Jesus is their only Savior, they become born again into life. Spiritual life. They also instantly become a royal priest (1 Peter 2:9), a saint (Ephesians 2:18-20), a child of God and joint-heir with Jesus (Romans 8:17).
One of the capabilities as this new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), is, that we have access to God (Ephesians 2:18) in Heaven (Hebrews 10:19). We have the capability to have supernatural encounters with God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, angels, Heavenly visits, spiritual gifts, miracles, signs and wonders.
Yet most Christians have no encounters in or with the supernatural realm. Why is that?
Much of the blame can be placed on religion. Most Christians wallow in the swamps of flesh-operated, religious activities, that block spiritual encounters and relationships with God. Most professed Christians are content with this religious-church arrangement. They usually only wear one crown. The wrong one.
Some have experienced supernatural encounters, but continue to mix the Kingdom’s wealth with religion, becoming more of a mongrel Christian that is neither hot nor cold.
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3: 15-16 NKJV
Some others have made great strides with God in the supernatural, yet lost their Kingdom crowns or deliberately took them off.
So, what are these Kingdom crowns that we should be wearing?
In Revelation 4:10-11 we are shown, “the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.” NKJV
Crowns are symbols that represent our position in the realm of Kingdom government.
God wants us to wear crowns. Without the crowns, there is no symbol of the recognition of the government in the realm of the Spirit. Each crown gives us more rulership. More access.
Whatever we carry in the Kingdom is who we are in the spirit realm. If we are seen by spiritual creatures, such as demons, wearing the wrong crown or no crowns, what can we expect to be their response when we pray for relief or if we attack them?
Crowns gives us rulership in the spiritual and physical realms.
What else do these crowns do?
- The provision of the reverent crown- it represents a mandate to do a specific job. The crowns represent rulership of the circumstances that come against us in our lives.
- The crowns are identification what we carry in the realm of the Spirit. Each crown has a specific identity; this identity can release the power of God on our behalf.
- The Sprit world knows what you look like, the same way that we can be identified in the natural realm by people. We each have a different look.
In the spirit realm, you can look powerless and weak or powerful and mighty.
In Revelation 1:12-16 it says, “Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.” NKJV
When we wear Heavenly crowns and are walking in rulership, you and I are likened to Jesus Christ. That is why the enemy backs off when you’re coming, wearing the crowns from God, because they know what’s going to happen to them if they stay or if they fight you.
Satan doesn’t want us wearing our crowns from God. He will steal our crowns, convince us to take them off or give us a replacement crown.
The devil wants to shut down the open Heaven for us to communicate with and have relationship with the Father; hinder our prayer life and stop the worship of God in our lives. All of those three things release spiritual anointing in our lives. Isaiah 10:27 says that the anointing breaks the yoke of the enemy. The anointing creates Heavenly encounters.
We obtain and increase our anointing from salvation, individual anointing, and corporate anointing (groups of mature believers gathered together), with anointing from the Holy Spirit.
There are six crowns that we should carry.
CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
“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 appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8 NKJV
When we walk under the ways of God with the Holy Spirit, this crown is ours.
CROWN OF LIFE
“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.” James 1:12 NKJV
Rejecting the ways of the world, the ways of religion and ways of self for the love of Jesus gives us this crown.
CROWN OF GLORY
“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.” 1 Peter 5:2-4 NKJV
Rather self explanatory. When a professed Christian, especially a leader, represents the true Gospel of God to others, this crown is awarded. When they act as religious “bosses” under strange doctrines (Romans 16:17-18; Hebrews 13:9; 2 Peter 3:17), they will be judged accordingly.
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” 1 Corinthians 9: 24-25 AKJV
Striving towards God, towards your destiny with Him, towards an uncompromising, surrendered life to God.
CROWN OF REJOICING
“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 joy.” 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
Winning other souls for Christ.
CROWN OF ANOINTING OIL
“Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the Lord.” KJV
When we come into the presence of God in an intimate way, He gives us this crown.
Al and I have been many times in God’s presence. He has given each of us this crown and others, along with robes, sceptres and our thrones.
The enemy especially wants to keep this crown away from people or to steal it if they have it, as it carries so much.
God gives us our crowns, but the enemy, the world or the flesh, can take us out of the Kingdom authority, if we move to follow an alternate kingdom. We can maintain our crowns, through commitment to God, under the Holy Spirit’s fresh anointing, worship and encounters with Him.
Our foolish decisions to follow the world’s ways, religious ways, a false leader’s ways, or ways of self, are personal decisions to remove the crowns of God that are upon us or could come upon us.
Satan also wants us to stop our anointing and steal our crowns.
You need to take back your crowns if they are lost, discarded or stolen.
HOW CAN YOU RECOGNIZE THAT YOU HAVE LOST ONE OF YOUR CROWNS?
There are three ways your crowns are removed. One by submitting to the hand of man; one by yielding to sin and the other by casting it away.
Revelation 3:11 says, “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” NKJV
When you submit to someone else, they have the ability to knock your crown off your head. It’s your decision to yield to another than God.
Lamentations 5:16 says, “The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!” NKJV
Involvement in sin, removes your crown.
Psalm 89:39 says, “You have renounced the covenant of Your servant; You have profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.” NKJV
All of these ways result in a loss of rulership.
With loss of your crowns, you lose the Heavenly river flow of the anointing upon your life. Your capability to operate in the supernatural becomes corrupted and closed off.
Wrong responses to circumstances are another way crowns are removed from our lives. Trauma and shock is another area where your crowns can be lost.
The devil knows if you carry your crowns, he doesn’t have the authority over your life, because you are subject to and of another Kingdom.
It’s our job to hold on to our crowns.
HOW CAN YOU RECOVER A REMOVED CROWN?
Have you noticed that your anointing is gone or perhaps Heaven is closed off to you now? Maybe things in life are going the wrong way. Or, you and your ministry aren’t operating in the supernatural any more. All of this can be because you have lost your crowns.
If someone has taken your crown (you allowed it), you’ve sinned and lost it or threw it away for some reason, how do you get them back?
Repent for allowing your crown(s) to be removed from your head. Pray in tongues so your spirit connects with God to find answers of what you did that allowed this to happen and where your crown(s) can be recovered.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you lost a particular crown. It may be at a corrupt “church” group or with a false leader, who’s wrong advice you took or perhaps a friend or relative convinced you to follow a different path from God. Repent for any sin. You must own you own sin. Restore and put it back on. Go in the spirit as led by the Holy Spirit to retrieve it where He knows it was removed. If you can’t operate with your spiritual senses (move in the spirit), then operate by faith and pray for restoration of the crown. Then rebuild your position in worship, commitment to and personal relationship with God. Crowns are symbols of rulership and the anointing is the power to do the job.
THE CROWN OF PRIDE
“Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim,
Whose glorious beauty is a fading flower
Which is at the head of the verdant valleys,
To those who are overcome with wine!
Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one,
Like a tempest of hail and a destroying storm,
Like a flood of mighty waters overflowing,
Who will bring them down to the earth with His hand.
The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim,
Will be trampled underfoot;
And the glorious beauty is a fading flower
Which is at the head of the verdant valley,
Like the first fruit before the summer,
Which an observer sees;
He eats it up while it is still in his hand.” Isaiah 28:1-4 NKJV
This is the crown we should reject. The crown of pride is the most prevalent crown among professed Christians, especially leaders. Leaders who wrestle for worship, control, power, authority, wealth, position and titles, end up releasing death to themselves and to others who follow them.
Many leaders operating in prideful jealousy, try to manipulate and stop others from operating in their God-given power, authority, position, gifts and ministry. They want to be revered. They say, “You shouldn’t be doing that”; “You should be doing things my way, under my agenda, under my “covering””. When a person turns from God’s direction to someone else, their crown has been stolen. The enemy uses these types of leaders to get rid of others anointing and crowns.
In my personal experience, groups governed by crowns of pride are the norm. One recent such group, that called themselves, “the Joshua generation seers”, had two leaders who were trying to control, denigrate or dismiss whatever I was saying, seeing and doing in the spirit. They were wearing crowns of pride. The enemy was using them to try to knock off my crowns, particularly my crown of anointing. I didn’t let that happen. Unfortunately, others in the group submitted to them, rather than following the Holy Spirit. Confronting them about what they were doing (some of it anti-biblical) didn’t alter their behavior. I left them. I pray they repent and recover before it’s too late.
The enemy can use ignorant Christians to convince you to knock off your crowns, so you need to be steadfast and stand your ground. Don’t allow it!
CROWN OF THORNS
“And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe.” John 19:2
Jesus identified with us. He was mocked by man’s kingdom (world-Roman empire and religion-Jewish Pharisees and Sadducees and others) of his Kingly realm. He identified with our destruction and the removal of our crowns by sin. Jesus took our identity by wearing the crowns of thorns and carried our sin. He replaces these crowns from false kingdoms with crowns of God’s Kingdom, if we’ll accept them.
God’s crowns enable us to walk the walk of God. Our crowns are symbols of rulership that we are destined to rule with Christ in Heavenly places. Wearing these crowns and walking in His anointing identifies you to God and the Kingdom.
When you walk in the call of and personal relationship with God, the anointing is given to you to provide you the tools to do the job.
Strive to obtain all of the crowns that God has for you.
If you’ve lost any crowns, it’s your choice to go back, repent, pick them up and keep them where they belong.
Or, you can stay the way you are, wearing your crown of pride, operating in the flesh or under someone else’s crown of pride, who is governing your destiny. This is the way of death.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12
Race after and accept the crowns that God has for you.
Walk with Him in Heaven!
Nothing else compares!