August 1 2016
“Then you will be a beautiful crown in the hand of the Lord, a royal crown in the hand of your God.” – Isaiah 62:3
My daughter, Blaire, is obsessed with crowns.
You name the princess, we have the corresponding crown.
A few days ago, we had a little tea party together. She set out two place settings and had carefully picked out a crown for both of us to wear. It was not a complete tea party, in her mind, without the crowns.
A crown is a symbol of special identity to her.
The Bible talks a lot about crowns. Kings + High Priests were crowned, wives were crowned with honor to show their new status (Ezekiel 16:12), a good wife is a crown to her husband (Proverbs 12:4), grandchildren are a crown to grandparents (Proverbs 17:6) and God’s loving kindness and mercy are a crown to our lives (Psalms 103:4).
As women, I believe what we allow our lives to be crowned with is very important because it reveals where our identity comes from!
In the Old Testament, the word “crown” symbolizes an honored or exalted position. It originates from the idea that its placement on one’s head signifies that one was set apart for a particular task or calling. “Crown” in the New Testament is the word “stephanos” which refers to “victory” (used 18 times). Victory is the ability to conquer the enemy and reign triumphant!
If we combine both Old and New Testament definitions, we have a crown that signifies that we are set apart for a holy calling that will lead us to victory in any situation or struggle we face in life.
Is there an area in your life that you have been struggling? Have you felt the weight of the world and have not been able to shake it off? If so, remind yourself that you are a daughter of God. Jesus took the crown of shame upon himself, so you can take yours off! It is time for an exchange of crowns! Taking off the fear, shame, self- doubt, confusion, inferiority, and pride and putting on the crown of righteousness. Walking in your true identity as a royal daughter of God.
Declare over your life today that you are enough, capable, valuable, worthy, beautiful, graceful, an overcomer and graced to win in life!
August 1 2016