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 People Have a Winning Attitude

14024243_sThe apostle Paul expressed the “winning attitude” in Philippians 4:13 when he said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”  Paul knew that the anointing within him would enable him to do anything he needed to do in this life, and he was endeavoring to impart that same attitude to his spiritual sons and daughters at Philippi.

I suggest we can develop this winning attitude among the people of God by knowing our POSITION in Christ.  In order for people to be full of faith they must understand positional truths.  Preaching that emphasizes the behavior of saints at the expense of positional truths will produce “good people” who try to live a holy life but have no real daily victory over the problems and trials of life.  Such people cannot fulfill their divine destiny in this hour but require more ministries than they can give to others.  However, when people understand who they are in Christ, they will have faith that produces “good works”, as well as a victorious lifestyle (according to James 2:17).  There are three aspects of God’s work in Christ:

A. SUBSTITUTION.  This word describes what God did FOR US through Christ, commonly called the GREAT EXCHANGE.  All believers must understand that Christ was our substitute at Calvary and took upon Himself all the effects of Adam’s fall belonging to us (including sin, sickness, poverty, curses, and all failure) so that we might receive all that belongs to Him (including righteousness, health, prosperity, favor and success in every endeavor).  When we are blessed through faith we can be a blessing to the world.  These positional truths are revealed in the letters Paul wrote to the church, and in order to understand them one must receive the “spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” (Ephesians 1:16-21).  Rightly dividing the Word of God, we can see that the Gospels deal with “MANIFESTATION of the Sons of God,” Acts deals with the EXPERIENCE of receiving the New Birth and Holy Spirit Baptism, while the letters of Paul give the EXPLANATION of the experience we received in Acts.  After having received the “experience” of Acts and the subsequent “explanation” in the epistles, we can go to the gospels and see a “manifestation” of the New Man in Christ, represented in the earthly life of Jesus Christ, Who was the “pattern Son” of all others (Romans 8:29 -30; Hebrews 2:10-16).  This is God’s plan for the Church being brought to completion in the present move of God (Colossians 1:25-28).

B. IDENTIFICATION.  This word describes what God does IN US through the New Birth and Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 4:23-24 tells us to be “renewed in the spirit of our mind” or to become “conscious” of who we are now since being “created in His image.”  When Jesus died on the cross, we DIED WITH HIM (Romans 6:6-10); when God justified him, we were JUSTIFIED WITH HIM (Romans 4:25).  When God made Jesus alive in spirit, we were made ALIVE WITH HIM (Ephesians 2:1-4); when God raised Jesus from the dead we were RAISED WITH Him (Ephesians 2:4-6); and when Jesus was seated in heavenly places we were SEATED WITH HIM there (Ephesians 2:5-7).  We were identified with him after the cross, just like we were in His substitution.  This means that Jesus became like we were so that we might become as he is now.  In the New Creation, or New Birth, we are not just “sinners saved by grace,” but have become “his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Eph. 2:8 -19).  We must understand that we are like him now in spirit since He became the “firstborn of many brethren.”  Someone once used the illustration of a tape duplicator to demonstrate what happens when we are born again:  God takes Jesus (the “master copy”) and us (the “blank tape”) and runs another copy.  We are an exact duplication in kind (Genesis 1:26-28).  Apostolic people have renewed their minds to these New Testament concepts.

C. MANIFESTATION.  In His earthly life, Jesus was a “man in the image of God,” the last Adam, the second man from heaven.  Adam was the first man made in the image of God, Jesus was the second.  Although He pre-existed as God (Colossians 1:17), He came to earth as a “man in the image of God” or “man as he was meant to be.”  When we see Jesus in the gospels, we are seeing man as he was meant to be, in the image of God.  The gospels provide us with the missing account of what a man in the image of God looked like, since we only have three chapters dealing with Adam and the record doesn’t show how he manifested his sonship, only his fall from sonship.  The gospels give us an account of a mature Son of God living out his relationship with the Father, fully representing the invisible God (John 14:6-9; Hebrews 1:1-3).  Now that we have had the “experience of Acts” and the “explanation of the epistles,” we can go to the gospels and it is like looking at ourselves, since Jesus was the “firstborn of many sons.”  We can now step into those shoes and begin to “walk as he walked” (1 John 2:3 -6), with the same relationship with God, the same Holy Spirit empowerment, and the same faith and authority demonstrating the power of God’s Kingdom.  This is what it means to manifest sonship – simply to be all God created you to be in Christ.  Paul said all creation is waiting for the “sons of God“ to take over on planet earth, according to the eternal purpose of God (Romans 8:14-24).  God is bringing the church to the place where He can say, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”

The Apostolic Heart

Apostolic ministry involves more than the functions of the “grace gift”, it also includes the inner motivations of the heart of an apostle. Paul often mentions what motivates him from within, such as his outline in Romans 1:14-16 where he mentions three attitudes of the heart that will be the driving forces of ministry. First he says, “I am a DEBTOR”, meaning that he was a person with a sense of obligation, akin to the attitude a conscientious person takes toward a bill that is due. A sense of obligation will move a person to take care of business with haste, and not procrastinate until the last moment. I once read a book by Jack Sparks on Modern Day Cults which had a quote that summed up this idea of obligation in regards to the unsaved. He said the cults were the “unpaid bills of the Church”, a statement that has stuck with me since the late Seventies when I first read it. This sense that Paul had of obligation to share the truth he had received, led to the next attitude he revealed about his own heart, “I am READY to preach the gospel”. This simply means that because of the debt he owed, he prepared himself in every way possible to pay that debt, he said, “So as much as is within me I am ready to preach”. This is not a half-hearted effort at the task, but a true apostolic attitude toward responsibility to do as much studying, praying, fasting and listening to mentors as necessary to be “approved unto God a workman that needeth not to be ashamed”. Any person, who has been touched by apostolic anointing to the degree that a change of heart has occurred, will share in this sense of obligation and will be preparing themselves to preach the gospel as well. Every believer is called to apostolic ministry in the sense that we are all called, anointed, and appointed by God to a place of influence in our world where we can establish the Kingdom of God. Finally, Paul said, “I am not ASHAMED of the gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation”. I believe that Paul was thinking of all the times he had preached Christ and watched as the word was confirmed with signs following, like the lame man at Lystra in Acts 14:7-11, “the same heard Paul preach and had faith to be healed”. When Paul “perceived that the man had faith to be healed, he said, “Stand upright on thy feet” and the man got up and walked home carrying his bed. Paul saw the power of God released as he preached the word in different venues, always resulting in miracles, deliverance and new birth; he knew it could happen even in a King’s Court. So he affirms that he wasn’t ashamed of the manifestation of God’s power, not matter how or when it was displayed. These are the attitudes of an apostolic heart, “I am a debtor, I am ready, and I am not ashamed”. (Romans 1:14-16…”I am a debtor both to the Greeks and the barbarians; both to the wise, and the unwise. So as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek”. )

Apostolic Grace

The first apostles walked in a high level of supernatural power that gave them ability to meet any need and rise to any challenge the enemy could hurl at them. This supernatural ability is otherwise called the grace of God at work in their lives, and was a major theme of apostolic preaching.

“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified”, Acts 20:32.

Scripture gives us a key to walking in that dimension of grace that is available to every believer and will first be demonstrated by the restored apostles in today’s church. Before we look at this key principle of obtaining grace, we should notice that there are measures of grace outlined in scripture such as;

“All grace” – 2 Cor.9:8 “More grace” –James 4:6 “Great grace” – Acts 4:32-33

Grace is God’s ability to do what we cannot do ourselves and applies to all areas of life including victory over sin, miraculous works, financial abundance and physical deliverance. The Apostle Paul was the primary revelator on the grace of God, and as a result he manifested a very great measure of that grace in his life and ministry. His revelation can be summed up in two key phrases, grace is all you need (2 Cor.12) and all the grace you need is available, Hebs.4:14-16.

Paul gave us the main key to obtaining increasing measures of grace in our lives, as did John the Baptist when he said, “He must increase and I must decrease”. Paul’s very name reveals the same key in its meaning, “little”. We must become small in our own eyes in order to obtain grace in increasing measures as the modern day company of apostolic people. The Lord Jesus walked in the revelation of total dependence on Father God as indicated when He said, “I can of mine own self do nothing”. Recently while mentoring a young former Marine and decorated soldier of the Iraq war, I shared how that we must learn a change of pace in our walk with God because most of us are used to running full speed ahead in life. This young man is a warrior who is highly trained in personal fighting skills and military combat, he is not used to doing nothing. Now that he is learning to walk with God, a change of pace is required so that he may learn to be “led by the Spirit”. God’s pace is stop, or “be still and know that I am God”. Slowing down is hard to do and usually doesn’t happen until enough frustration occurs from walking out of step with Him. As we learn to be “crucified with Christ” stillness comes into our spirits whereby we are always quiet before His Presence which is aglow in our inner man (holy of holies). A dead person is very quiet and still, they have stopped all movement.

Another term that describes this “total dependence on God” is “humility”. Paul told us to come boldly to the “throne of grace” to receive mercy and “obtain grace in time of need (for every need)”. The designation, “throne of grace” is revealing in that it is customary to bow before a throne, approaching the King in humility. It is therefore necessary not just to pray for grace, but to come with the proper attitude of humility and service. The early apostles had great humility as is indicated by Paul’s greetings to the churches where he refers to himself as “Paul, a servant of God, called to be an apostle”. He remained “little” in his own eyes and maintained the attitude of a servant which is humility, as a result he had access to all the grace he needed to finish his assignment and conclude his life at his own discretion. I believe restored apostles will have undergone the greatest levels of breaking and will have come to a stop before God in total dependence and humility. They can therefore manifest the greatest grace and be an example to the body of Christ on how to obtain and walk in the grace of God, having supernatural ability that is more than enough for the times we live in. “Where sin abounds, grace abounds the more”.