The Kingly Anointing

30085725_sIn 1997 I wrote a book entitled He Cutteth Out Rivers, describing the difference between the Prophetic, Priestly, and Kingly anointings, and how believers can flow at all levels.  Since that time, God has been speaking specifically about the Kingly Anointing that has been released upon the Church and with greater detail regarding characteristics of this particular anointing.

OUR POSITION AS KINGS

First of all, we should understand that all believers already have the status of a “king” according to Revelation 1:5-6, which says, “Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us Kings and Priests unto God and His Father…”.  Jesus is called the “King of kings and Lord of lords” in 1 Timothy 6:15.  The “other” kings and lords mentioned in this verse happen to be those who are “in Christ” and already have the positional status mentioned.  We must now learn how to actually live out this positional truth in our everyday lives by renewing our minds to the Word and acting accordingly in thought, word and deed.  Glory to God! We are who He says we are, we have what He says we have, and we can do what He says we can do!

OUR FUNCTION AS KINGS

Current apostolic revelation emphasizes kingdom government concepts, which are the truths that Jesus will run the universe by for eternity.  We are just in the “training for reigning” and “schooling for ruling.”  Part of our training and schooling includes the nature and role of kings in the kingdom of God.  The truths regarding the nature and role of prophets and priests have been restored to us in recent moves of God, and now is the time for kings to understand their function and biblical role in the restoration of the church.

Apostle Paul told us in Romans 5:17 that everyone who receives the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness “shall REIGN IN LIFE by one, Jesus Christ.”  It is kings who reign by exercising dominion in all realms of life and ruling with character, wisdom, power and wealth.  There is a kingly anointing that has been released upon the restoration church, and we are seeing apostolic leaders raised up with a generational blessing upon their lives because they have become sons and daughters of the house, having learned to serve those with an Elijah anointing upon their lives.  It is time for these “sons and daughters” to partake of the next level of anointing that God is pouring out upon us by receiving the revelation being given and following those who are walking in it.

THE KINGLY EXAMPLE

The Gospel of Matthew is written mainly to the Jews to prove that Jesus was indeed the awaited Messiah who fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies regarding the coming King.  This gospel portrays a King teaching others how to be kings.  “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He that is born KING OF THE JEWS? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.’ ” (Matthew 2:1-2).  Jesus shows us in this gospel how to live and reign in this life as a king in the kingdom of God.  He totally ruled over the kingdom of darkness through apostolic power and authority.  He also established rule in the hearts of men by love and servant-leadership that would make any sacrifice for their welfare.  He won the confidence of those he served by his kingly character, wisdom, and power.  He demonstrated the unlimited resources available to a king ruling under the authority of Omnipotence.

A POOR KING?

According to tradition, “poor Jesus” was born in a stable to “poor parents” who were turned into the night when they showed up at the door at the inn “begging for lodging.”  According to the truth or the Gospel, Joseph went to the hotel to “rent lodging” because he could afford it, but the hotel was fully booked for the night, so they went to the stable because Mary was about to deliver the Christ.  Shortly after the birth of Jesus, wise men arrived and “opening their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11).  There is a principle demonstrated here whereby one always entered the presence of a King bearing gifts in honor and respect.  This not only occurred at Jesus’ birth, but also during His life and ministry (see Luke 8:1-3).  Jesus walked in the wealth of a king while on the earth and never had shortage.  Have you ever seen a poor king?

It is the kingly anointing that is attracting wealth these days.  We should not be after the “loot” but after the “root.”  We must develop the character and wisdom of kings, and then the power and wealth will follow.  The message of the Kingly anointing is for those who are ready for maturity as saints.  We can see from the Old Testament that the kings who ruled without character and wisdom failed and led people to destruction, but those who ruled with Christ-like qualities had long and successful reigns that glorified God and blessed people.

OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS KINGS

I believe the kingly anointing is for the apostolic church which has embraced responsibility for the advance of the Kingdom in this present age.  It is obvious from the past behavior of many Christians that a person can experience prophetic anointing and minister to God as priests at the altar while still living fleshly, self-centered lives.  However, the kingly anointing will flow through character and wisdom produced in the lives of those who have decided to “wholly follow the Lord” in all the restoration truths given to us up until now in the Church.  The kingly anointing was given to His disciples (those who “left all to follow Him”).  We are the people who live in this tremendous time of restoration of all things, so let’s determine to “be all” and have all” that God provided and desires for our lives, so that we can demonstrate the authority and power of the Kingdom of God in this present age.

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Apostolic Prosperity

18827391_sThe Church at Philippi enjoyed a greater measure of prosperity than the other churches of Macedonia because they understood God’s order of apostolic ministry. We learn that the House of God has order and structure from the many Old Testament patterns for building that were emulated by the New Testament leaders. Haggai 2:7-9 predicts the “glory of the latter house will be greater than the glory of the former”, and that there is a connection between the “glory and the silver and gold”. The New Testament church built according to pattern will have the manifestation of God’s glory in it, and the money will always be where the glory is found.

When Paul wrote to the Philippians, he indicated that they had learned how to tap into the glory by properly relating to the apostolic ministry of the day. They recognized the order of God’s house and willingly submitted to it, taking responsibility for the care of Paul and his apostolic ministry. Paul seemingly was surprised that none of the other churches in Macedonia had recognized his apostolic role in their lives, and were negligent in their support of his work of ministry. On the other hand, the Philippians were “careful to communicate with him in giving and receiving” so much so that they found favor with God. Paul told them that their response to his need was “a sweet smelling sacrifice to God” and “well pleasing in his sight”, Phil.4:15-19. It pleased God that this church identified with Paul’s apostolic ministry and were so conscientious in making sure there was a full supply coming into Paul’s office so that he would be able to continue unhindered by financial distress.

When speaking about money to the Church, Paul was careful to explain his motive, “Not that I desire a gift, but that fruit may be set to your account”. He assured them that their giving would result in their own prosperity, and that was what he desired above all else as their spiritual father. He affirmed to what extent they had cared for his life and ministry by saying, “I am full and abound” due to their repeated giving. It was then that God released the prophetic word to them about the glory coming into their midst, bringing with it a “full supply of all their needs”, “But my God shall supply all your needs according to his RICHES IN GLORY by Christ Jesus”, vs.19. The Philippians had realized an important truth about the order of ministry in the House of God and had properly aligned themselves with apostolic leadership bringing a release of the “glory, silver and gold”. The church that is built according to the Apostolic New Testament model will have both the “glory and the money” in it.

Apostolic Supply

18172622_sWhat exactly was Paul saying to the Philippians when the promise was made to “supply all their needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”? What relevance does it have for us today who are part of the restoration movement in the Church? These are the questions that need answers at this time when people claim scriptures in a wholesale manner without checking to see what the qualifications for possession are.

Paul was the spiritual father of the Philippians; therefore his comments are directly tied to his apostolic relationship with them when he addresses the subject of financial supply for both him and them. Paul was commending them for their careful supply of all his needs as a traveling apostolic father to churches and leaders, and at the same time expressing concern for those churches that showed no interest in his financial situation. “Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only”,vs15. Paul didn’t speak about financial matters because he was seeking to gain from his family, but because he understood the blessing that would result for them as a result of becoming financially responsible for his needs. “Not that I seek a gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account”, vs.17. Jesus taught us to lay up treasure in heaven thru our giving when he told the Rich Young Ruler to “Sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven” Mk.10:21. Paul also understood this truth and assured the Philippians of the same.

Notice that Paul acknowledges that he has a full supply first, before he prophecies that “full supply” blessing to the Philippians. “Indeed I have all and abound, I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet smelling aroma, and acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God” vs.18. Paul assures them that their giving was making impact in heaven because it was pleasing to God; it was that thing He expected of them. Why was God so happy that the Philippians had given so generously to Paul? It was because it was their recognition of God’s order, the very order set up by God to provide leadership and covering to the people. Their giving was evidence that they recognized Paul as God’s provision for them spiritually, and they wanted to make sure that the blessing on Paul’s life was continually accessible to them. God’s order suggests that “blessing flows from the head down” Ps.133, in scripture headship refers to spiritual covering in our lives.

Whenever a believer begins to experience lack, the first response should be to see if they can provide for their church, sow to make sure your church has all it needs and watch God respond in kind to you. The same is true for ministries that have apostolic covering, when things get tight, instead of withholding giving; make sure your spiritual covering has a full supply and watch God respond to you. An Old Testament example of supplying for your spiritual leadership first, is found in the story of the Widow of Zarephath in 1 Kings 17:8-13. Elijah boldly told the woman to “make me a cake first”, which resulted in the release of her miracle provision and a full supply for the remainder of the famine. I believe Paul was teaching the same principle to us in the New Testament in order to insure that we could have a full supply and be full and abound as Paul did. There is certainly nothing wrong with tent making when it is necessary, but time spent making tents was time taken away from preaching, teaching and leading the flock of God, the thing that Paul was needed most for in the Church, “Nevertheless, to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for you progress and joy of faith”. Phil.1:24-25.

This touches on the principle of honor for spiritual leadership, and reflects upon our understanding of how God seeks to release blessing thru the principle of providing for those whom God has sent to our lives as Paul was sent to the Philippians for their spiritual development. When Paul told them that “God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”, it was a reciprocal response, they were reaping what they were sowing. They sowed a full supply to Paul, and reaped the same for themselves. The designation Christ Jesus is indicating that God anointed the man Jesus, and people were blessed through him as we read in the Gospels. Paul was indicating that he was an anointed man in their life and that God was blessing them through him, or as a result of him and the anointing upon his life. God has put anointed men and women in all of our lives as spiritual fathers and leaders, it is through these people that God will bless us as well while we are demonstrating to God that we understand who they are to us, and our responsibility to honor God by honoring them. If we seek to make sure the Paul in our lives have a full supply, God will make sure we have one as well.