Three Dangerous Positions For A Believer

39575351_sThe Bible is to be taken in it’s entirety as the inspired Word of God. There is nothing in Sacred Scripture that is not necessary for the believer to know and do. However, these days it seems that many believers are selective in their approach to the Bible, choosing to follow only those areas of particular interest and seeming benefit to one’s temporal life. With this thought in mind, we should remember the wisdom of Proverbs 11:1 KJV,

“A false balance is an abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.”

To be in balance as a believer we must accept all the teaching of Scripture, not just the part that teaches us privilege but also responsibility. We must also understand that God’s Word brings us comfort and assurance but also warnings and judgement. How have we become so  one sided in our beliefs and lifestyle? I believe it is fruit of the teaching we hear that is a result of the church leaders being shaped by the congregation instead of the church leaders shaping the congregation according to the complete teaching of Scripture. Paul warns us not to be “conformed to this world” or “shaped by it’s culture.” Yet many believers are shaped by the culture around them and then expect the teaching of the church to support their beliefs or they will leave and find a place that does. Sadly, there are those church leaders that preach and teach only what people want to hear, thus they allow the congregation to shape them as leaders. Paul warned us again to beware of this scenario when people would want their “ears tickled” with popular teaching that is way out of balance with the whole Word of God. With these thoughts in mind, I want to share a bit of warning to believers from Scripture that reveal three positions Christians must avoid in their journey with Christ. As a Pastor, these things may not make us popular, but as one man said, “I would rather have people hate me for telling the truth, than to have them love me for telling them lies.”

DRIFTING

Hebrews 2:1-4 “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

We are told to “pay attention” to the Word of God so that we would not “drift away” from the truth. The term implies that those who are not fully anchored to the Word of God will, like a ship at sea, drift and get lost in the darkness. Believers are admonished to be intentional in their moorings to Scripture, checking up on themselves to make sure we are holding fast to our confession of faith in Christ and living the life of a true follower who is always seeking to please God through obedience and service to His Kingdom. Those who “drift” from commitment to the Local Church and it’s balanced teachings are in danger of losing direction in life and ending up in shipwreck. Mature sons and daughters of Father God are always seeking to do those things that please Him. John 8:29 “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” This verse suggests to us that Christ himself was aware of the temptation to “drift” and was “always” keeping himself anchored to the will and Word of God.

SIFTING

Luke 22:31-32 “And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

Here Jesus reveals to Peter what is happening in his life and what the outcome will be. He tells Peter that there is a spiritual warfare over his destiny and that Satan is trying to separate him from Jesus, who is his spiritual father and mentor. This sifting is taken from the analogy of the Threshing Floor where the wheat was separated from the chaff prior to grinding for making bread. Every spiritual son and daughter will be sifted by the enemy. Satan is always trying to disconnect us from the sources that God has connected us to for our preparation and possession of blessing. It happens in many ways as Satan uses his subtle schemes to derail us and destroy our destiny. Peter was listening to the voice of the adversary who was attempting to bring about his betrayal of Jesus, the spirit of Absalom is at work today as then. Some will betray their leaders through offense, others who are not willing to sacrifice themselves for God’s will, find an excuse to fault their leaders and move on. However the enemy does it, his aim is to “divide and conquer.” Peter’s apostolic destiny would have ended right then and there if Jesus had not been aware of the warfare and done the necessary intercession to free his disciple and bring restoration to his calling. You can read the whole story of Peter and see how the prophetic Word came to pass as Jesus spoke it, “When you are converted (return to your calling) go and strengthen your brethren.” For sure, those who have almost lost it all due to spiritual warfare are able to help those who are under attack to recognize and resist the devil.

1 Peter 5:8-10 “Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may[b] the God of all grace, who called us[c] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”

LIFTING

1 Peter 5:5-7 “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

‘God resists the proud,

But gives grace to the humble.’

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

Pride is part of our inheritance from Adam in the sinful nature we are born with. The tendency to exalt ourselves must be dealt with by learning to wait upon the Lord under the guiding hand of eldership within the Local Church. There is such safety in spiritual covering, that is why the Lord set up the Local Church with apostolic government. As we grow in Christ, we may not yet see ourselves accurately, or discern the timing of the Lord. Pride is a “false estimation of ourselves” while humility is a “correct estimation of ourselves.” Pride causes one to overestimate themselves in terms of their spiritual maturity and readiness for leadership responsibility in the plan of God. Pride creates blind spots that usually derive from our spiritual gifts and anointing (just like Lucifer), we then see ourselves as “more than we really are.” Lucifer so overestimated himself that he actually thought he could rule the Universe better than Almighty God. This self exultation brought about his loss of position in God’s eternal plan. Satan desires to lead every believer down the path he choose for himself, that is why we must follow the instructions Peter left for us in this Epistle. When we have been poisoned with pride we may feel that we know better than the seasoned leadership God placed in our lives, and may no longer follow their advice in a spirit of humility. We can only be lifted up by God when we have refused to lift ourselves. Jesus was tempted to exalt himself when Satan suggested that he jump from the pinnacle of the temple and be rescued by angels. Pride causes one to think they don’t have to live by the same rules and standards as others, that they are somehow above it. When pride is operating in a person they will think they don’t have to walk the same path of qualification as others do in order to be promoted in God’s plan. Jesus knew that the laws of gravity applied to him as well, even if he was the Son of God. He refused to bite the bait of self exultation.

These three areas of particular danger for believers need to be understood and implemented to guarantee our fruitfulness in God’s Kingdom plan. We can overcome these attacks of Satan that come from within and without only with a “broken and contrite spirit.” Apostolic teaching is not complete without making these truths known to God’s sons and daughters.

Dr. John Polis

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The Heart of a Son

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The message of the hour is regarding the restoration of the Family of God as prophesied in Malachi 4:5-6.

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet

Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.

And he will turn

The hearts of the fathers to the children,

And the hearts of the children to their fathers,

Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

The purpose of Creation is the father heart of God. His desire is to give and receive love in relationship with mankind created in His Image. Jesus prayed for the Family of God to come to “earth as it is in Heaven”  when He prayed the “Son’s Prayer” (often referred to as the Lord’s Prayer) of Matthew 6:9. As the only begotten Son of God, Jesus knew the will of the Father for earth was the same for Heaven where the Family of God resides. Apostle Paul was also mindful of this revelation as he prayed for the “whole family in heaven and on earth” to come to the mature understand of God’s love (he called it the Fullness of God) in Ephesians 3:14-15.

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named…”

I believe the fully functioning Family of God will bring the greatest expression of the Kingdom of God to earth, as Jesus said in the conclusion of His prayer, “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” This is the goal of apostolic fathers today.

In the late 80’s, the message of “spiritual fathers” began to take root in the Church as prophetic voices taught about the transformation of religious leaders into spiritual fathers. This was the effect of the Elijah Anointing being released in power and revelation. Spiritual fathers were being prepared to receive the spiritual sons whose hearts would soon be turning (by the same Elijah Anointing) to find the heart of love in a spiritual father who would serve their destiny and seek for their fulfillment in ministry.

As the son’s hearts began to turn, four characteristics were being formed in them that brought conformity to the “image of Christ.” These are traits are found in Christ Himself as a Son of the Father.

Galatians 4:19 NKJV “My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you…”

A SAINT. Hebrews 7:26 NKJV “For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens…”

As a saint, the son has a holy heart free from the sinful habits Paul told Timothy to flee from, as a young apostle. 2 Timothy 2:22 NKJV “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

A SERVANT. Mark 10:45 NKJV “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” As Christ is being formed in us, a servant heart follows a holy heart. We learn to serve by connecting to leaders in our lives who are set by God for our preparation. 2 Timothy 2:24 NKJV “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient…” The servant is characterized by a humble heart.

A SHEPHERD. Matthew 9:36 NKJV “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” The shepherds heart is a caring heart and follows in formation after a holy and humble heart. I have noticed that many Christians have yet to arrive at the shepherds heart. Whereas the servant heart is the characteristic of a deacon, the shepherd’s heart is the characteristic of an elder. 1 Peter 5:1-2 NKJV “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…” As we observe the maturity of our sons and daughters in process, we will see this progression develop by the Spirit of God. When the shepherds heart is formed in a protege, we no longer need to tell them to “check on this person or that person” because their heart is turned to the sheep and they begin to care for them by nature in a sacrificial manner, not regarding the cost.

A SON. John 14:9 NKJV “Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?” The fourth characteristic of the mature believer is a loyal heart. Loyalty is Royalty in the Kingdom of God. When a son or daughter has been conformed to the Image of Christ they will be a representative person, able to re-present someone other than themselves. Paul was sure of Timothy’s loyalty when he sent him to the Philippians.

Philippians 2:19-22 NKJV “ But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.  For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.  For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.”

The tendency for disloyalty has been eliminated from the heart fully turned to a father in the faith through the process of deliverance from the orphan/independent spirit which keeps a person bound to be a self representer only. The big “I” of pride has been cut off at the root and replaced by love and trust in the relationship. God’s will has been achieved in the father/son relationship. Maturity has come, Christ has been formed, a “holy, humble, caring, and loyal heart” is now evidenced in the son, who is now ready to be a father to others.

Christ had a “Holy, Humble, Caring and Loyal” heart. He was a Saint, Servant, Shepherd, and Son in relationship with His Father. Our sons and daughters will grow into this same Christ-likeness as spiritual fathers continue to give the unconditional love of The Father to their spiritual families.

Dr. John Polis

The Kings Are Coming

The Kingly Anointing

The_Kings_Are_Coming_Book_1024x1024“…which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords…”

1 Timothy 6:15 NAB

Most Christians know that the “King” is coming, but did you know the Bible says there are “kings” coming too? Most of the time, when Christian think about Jesus being the “Kings of kings and Lord of lords,” they’re thinking about Jesus ruling over the natural kings of the earth. But I believe there’s also an inference to the “spiritual” kings of the earth in this scripture as well.

To receive greater insight in the “Kingly” anointing, we have to understand that Jesus is King over both the spiritual and natural domains (John 18:33, 36-37). In Psalm 47:2-3, the Psalmist writes, “For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet” In Psalm 10:16, we read, “The Lord is King forever and ever; nations have perished from His land.” There are many other verses of scripture which talk about Jesus being King. Right now, I believe God is raising up “kings” in the spiritual domain who will one day rule with Jesus in the natural domain (2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 2:25-27; 3:21; 20:6). Praise God! I want to be one of God’s kings, don’t you?

God Wants To Take Us Into Something Better!

In Revelation 1:5-6, John writes:

“Unto Him who loved us. Washed us in His own blood, and made us kings and priests unto God forever.”

Here we see that Jesus did three things for us; He loved us, He washed us in His own blood, and he made us kings and priests unto God forever. In other words, He took us out of something to bring us into something even better!

The Anointings of Prophet, Priest and King

In the Old Testament, there were three predominant anointings which operated in the earth: prophet, priest and king. Theses three anointings have not passed away; there’re still operating in the New Testament Church today. They’re available to the Body of Christ corporately as well as to each believer individually. Before we move into exploring the depths of the “Kingly” anointing, let’s look briefly at the comparative characteristics of the prophetic, priestly and kingly anointings in relation to their present-day roles and functions.

The “Prophetic” Anointing

First off, the Church has been moving in various degrees of the “prophetic” anointing since the day of Pentecost (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17-18). The prophetic anointing is made up of three gifts which are referred to by many as the “vocal” gifts. According to the apostle Paul, there are a total of nine gifts given by the holy spirit which supernaturally empower a believer for Christian service (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). These nine gifts are generally divided into three separate groups of three gifts each: the “vocal” gifts, the “revelation” gifts and the “power” gifts. I believe the God’s “vocal” gifts; which are made up of the gift of prophecy, the gift of diverse kinds of tongues and the gift of interpretation of tongues; embody the full expression of the prophetic anointing within the Church. The prophetic anointing is the first anointing all Christian experience when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. In the book of Acts, we find that the ongoing experience of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is always accompanied by one of these three “vocal gifts (See: Acts 2:1-4, 17-18; 10:44-46; 19:6).

During the decade of the 1980s, God began to emphasize the prophetic anointing to the Church in a fresh and powerful way. In the 80s, our understanding of the prophetic office was restored, the preaching prophets came on the scene, and the Church began to move into deeper realms of prophetic operation.

The “Priestly” Anointing

We know that the “priestly” anointing is still in operation today because the apostle Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:9 that God has raised up the Church to be, “a nation of holy priests.”

Through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross, each believer now has the privilege of ministering to the Lord daily and bringing “spiritual” sacrifices of worship and praise before the throne of God. Each believer also has the privilege of “standing in the gap” and offering up intercessions and prayers on behalf of this lost nd dying world. These are “priestly” functions. Those who operate in the “priestly” anointing are characterized by the three “revelation” gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge and the gift of discerning of spirits.

Like the prophetic anointing, the priestly anointing has been operating in the Church since the day of Pentecost, but it has also enjoyed a time of renewed emphasis during the decades of the 1980s and 1990s. During this time period, intercessory prayer conferences began to spring up around the world, revelation knowledge began to flow like a river to God’s people, and a powerful new wave of praise and worship music began to “crest” in the Church.

The “Kingly” Anointing

I believe the “kingly” anointing is just now being restored to the Church. As we already saw in Revelation 1:6, God has made us “kings” before Him forever! I believe those walking in the kingly anointing will be marked by the three “power” gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:9-10: the gift of faith, the gifts of healings, and the working of miracles. In chapter four, we will cover this aspect of the “kingly” anointing in greater detail.

Progressing Into Increasing Dimensions

In the Kingdom of God there’s a principle of progressive increase, “First the blade, then the corn, then the full corn in the ear…” (Mark4:28). This principle is taught throughout scripture, The Bible says we bear fruit, god prunes what we bring forth, and then we are able to bring forth more fruit. Finally, as God’s “prunings” continue and we allow the Word of God to continue to abide in us, we bring forth much fruit (John 15:2-8). So there’s  a principle of growth described in the Word of God; we move from childhood, to adolescence, to adulthood (1 John 2:12-13). Growth in God’s Kingdom always progresses in an order of increasing succession.

This same principle is true in the spiritual realm. The prophet Ezekiel spoke about moving into “the river of God” from the ankles, to the knees, to the loins; and then finally; God’s presence becomes a river that no man can cross over (Ezekiel 47:3-5). I believe the anointings of prophet, priest, and king advance in this same order. On the day of Pentecost, when the believers were first filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues and prophesied, they stepped into God’s river only “ankle” deep. When the Church progressed further and moved into the “priestly” anointing of intercession and ministry unto the Lord, they moved into the river only “knee” deep. The final dimension is the “Kingly” anointing. The early apostles moved into the kingly anointing in a powerful way, but the brightness of this anointing was virtually extinguished by organized religion during the “Dark Ages.”

I believe God is restoring this important anointing to the Church rights now. In the 80s and 90s, the Church moved back into the water up to our “ankles” and then up to our “knees,” but now we’re going to move in up to our “waist!” In this next move of God, people who have been faithful with little, will be entrusted with much! It’s God’s principle of growth and progression—we don’t start out in deep water, we start out ankle deep! We move from one degree of glory to another—we increase with the increase of God, “here a little and there a little,” just as bible teaches (2 Corinthians 3:18; Isaiah 28:10).

Before Jesus returns I believe there’s going to be an abundance of anointed “kings” reigning in the spiritual power on the earth! There will be many who have moved into a “kingly” dimension of life and ministry within their God-ordained spheres of appointment. Just as we’ve had prophets and priests, soon we’re going to have kings—hallelujah! M
ay you and I reign as kings for His glory!

We Are Called To Reign As Kings In This Life!

In Romans 5:17, Paul writes, “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

Jesus has called us to reign in life as “kings” through the abundance of His grace and by His free gift of righteousness! In light of the present condition of the Church, I believe it’s going to take an abundance of grace for God’s people to learn how to reign in this life as “kings.” Before we can be entrusted to sit with Jesus on His throne and reign with him in power over the nations after His return, (Revelation 2:26; 3:21; 20:4,6; 22:3-5), we are going to have to first receive His abundant grace and learn how to reign with Him as kings spiritually—in this life! (Revelation 1:6; Romans 5:17; 1 Corinthians 4:8; 2 Timothy 2:12)

Dr. John Polis
*This article is an excerpt from Dr.Johns book entitled “The Kings Are Coming”. If you would like to get a copy of this book, go to http://johnpolis.com/products/the-king-are-coming-book

The Ministry of Jesus vs. the Ministry of Paul

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I find that many church leaders, especially those who were born again during the Pentecostal and Charismatic Revivals of the 60-80’s, emphasize the ministry of Jesus more than the ministry of Paul.  What is the difference between these two apostolic ministries, and what should be the focus of each?

During the earthly ministry of Jesus, He ministered primarily to the “lost sheep of Israel,” with the exception of his teaching ministry to the disciples whom He had chosen to be in the school of ministry.  The mission statement of Jesus, found in Luke 4:18, is directed to the needs of people for repentance, healing and deliverance:  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” 

This was not a message of spiritual growth and maturity, but of liberation to those “whom Satan had bound.”  Jesus came to “bind the strongman and spoil his goods” by preaching, healing and casting out devils.  Jesus was not speaking to born-again people who could understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.  But so often, church leaders are trying to duplicate the ministry of Jesus to the church every Sunday, as though they were the unsaved crowd Jesus was ministering among.  We often use John 14:12-14 as the basis for this philosophy of ministry:  “The works that I do, shall he do also” (referring to the deliverance ministry of Jesus).  By following this practice each week, we actually are keeping the congregation in need of healing and deliverance, because they are never growing up spiritually and taking their position as sons of God through Christ.  We need the ministry of Jesus to the masses of unsaved people, and we need the availability of that ministry to people in our congregations that need it.

But we need to shift our focus for the church to the ministry of Paul as stated in Colossians 1:25-29:  “…of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.  To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.  To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.“  Notice especially verses 28-29, where Paul outlines the functions and purpose of his apostolic ministry to include both “preaching to warn every man” and teaching to “present every man complete in Christ.”  As we read the letters of Paul, we can sense that “power that worked mightily in him” as he taught the church who they are “In Christ.”  The apostolic ministry of Paul weighed heavily on a teaching ministry that would produce Christ-like people who understood the New Creation completely.

Herein lies the difference between the Ministry of Jesus and the Ministry of Paul.  We need both operations in the world, but we should realize that the Ministry of Jesus was more to the unsaved world, while the Ministry of Paul was more toward the church, even though Paul’s apostolic ministry included preaching to people who were hearing the gospel for the first time, and was confirmed by miracles, signs and wonders; yet he spent most of his time teaching the believers New Creation Realities.  When believers have understood completely what God’s work in Christ means to them, they will not need the Ministry of Jesus every Sunday to get them healed and delivered again.  The reason pastors are often trapped into doing the Ministry of Jesus weekly is because the people don’t have a New Testament understanding of redemption.  This may be because the leaders themselves have not yet received the revelation contained in Paul’s writings.  We need to understand more than, Justification, Sanctification and Regeneration – we also need to know what it means to be a son of God with all the privileges and inheritance of the Family of God:  “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)  Much of the church is still living as “servants” and have never moved to “sonship.”  There is a transition from servant to son that must take place where we are not relating to God based on our “performance” but from our “position” in Christ.

The church today desperately needs the Ministry of Paul so that they can come to maturity and “do the greater works” of which Jesus spoke.  The Lord said that believers would do the works that He did listed in Matthew 11:2-5, referring to the deliverance ministry of Jesus:  “And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’  Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:  the blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.  And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.’ ”  But He also said we would do “greater works than these,” referring to getting people born again, spirit-filled and grown up in Christ.

The world is waiting for the mature sons of God to manifest, those who will reveal the nature of the Father, who is Love.  May the Lord help us to see when each of these apostolic ministries is needed, and release them accordingly for His glory.

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.

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.”