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Day #53: Priests and Kings
“Priests and Kings” (part 1)
We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:12 NKJV)
The Gospel of Power needs to be preached so that the believer learns how to get answer to prayer themselves. Believers themselves learning how to both defend and protect from attack, as well as begin to rise up and go on the offensive against the works of the Enemy with great courage and boldness in the Lord. Otherwise in preaching a common compromised gospel, a politically correct gospel, then the Enemy is given rights to move against the people who are called by His Name. For the Anointing of the Lord becomes diminished within the body of believers and the Enemy gains an increased foothold and influence.
When times come and people who are called of God suffer under very real and intense difficulties, the Name of Jesus the King is dishonoured because of a powerless and religiously preached gospel. That is not what this world needs, we just need to look around; what we need and what Jesus came and died for and that is for an Anointed Power-filled Gospel. And in this Gospel; believers themselves are subsequently raised to become Power-filled and Anointed people of God. Otherwise, many good believers, even many people who wish to give this Christianity a good go, start hearing words in their own hearts, “does God really exist at all?” Trailing thoughts seeded from the Enemy that float in through their own soul and thought life, “is Christ Jesus real” or “should I be looking for something else?” I tell you it’s a devil … and in this they have little capability to combat it.
The greatest honour and gift held in the capacity of man is the ability to choose to praise the Name of Jesus and have His Delight come upon us.
It may appear fine to preach a “politically correct” message or a “religiously correct” message (Matt. 16:6, Mark 8:15) in order to feel that you are able to reach people but in the end you can dethrone the children of God and spiritually ‘castrate’ them. In this the Enemy continues to take ground in our Nation, as the body of believers become increasingly docile, fat, lazy, and disorientated without strength or fight. Without either the Counsel of the Spirit or His Might. In this the Devil is most pleased, for he doesn’t mind dethroned Christians, and this he works to encourage, for they even cause others to gradually lose faith. The truth is that he is terrified of the Spirit filled believer for the Light shines upon him and multitudes gain everlasting faith.
A powerless gospel message takes the Sword of the Spirit out of the believer’s own hands. A powerless gospel causes the believer to have no clue about the Armour of God and let it fall aside. In this the believer becomes fully exposed and therefore weak, frail, and fearful in the face of the Enemy. And what is more, in many cases, the believer ends up eventually even taking off their Helmet of their own Salvation casting aside their faith and walking away from the Lord altogether, or that of their kids. The Name of Jesus is defamed through a misrepresentation of the Gospel of Truth and an inability to discern its mysteries (Eph. 3:8-11).
If there is supposed to be a ‘great falling away’ in the last days it is in the reality that the believers have become dethroned. And end up being more sensitive to the voice and lures of Satan than hungry for the Voice and Gifts of God. Ears so pricked up by the fear of what Satan is doing and saying (or lust) and not drawing near to what God is doing and saying. God stripped of His Power right in the middle of His church – I tell you it causes the Spirit to grieve and even draw back. Understand the purpose of prophetic warning: it is not concrete! In repentance the believer responds and “turns his ways” unto the Lord and He “heals the land” (2 Chr. 7:14).
The Enemy comes in order to kill, steal and destroy. The Lord our Saviour comes to give Life and Life more abundantly (John 10:10). Now the origins of all things are clear and most plain to you. However, preaching a compromised gospel message, a message without Power, gives place for the Enemy’s advancement. And when attacks do come, and they do come, believers are totally disorientated for they are not trained in what to do. Satan doesn’t mind at all if you bear the Name of Jesus, just so long as you have no Power and live according to the flesh. For in this he does his work of defamation through the ‘born again’ church. But if you, who are still called by that Name, repent, I mean sack-cloth style repentance before the Lord God Almighty. Weeping before Him even through a culture of daily prayer and fasting earnestly before the Lord: He will change the whole course of history through you.
The Power and Anointing operating fluent in your life – is God’s Dream, now make it your dream. However, it will not be trodden on by the indifferent. The King of kings spilt His Blood that you may walk in your High Office and High Calling in God.
Troubles, however, do come because of an unrepentant heart and God Himself sometimes does “hand the believer over to Satan for the ‘destruction’ of the flesh” with the hope that the soul may be saved on the Last Day (1 Cor. 5:5). It has happened to us all, in varying measure. Realise, though, if God was not surrounding mankind in His Mercy we would all be dead and devoured by the Enemy, I tell you His protection is all over us! But He steps back just a little sometimes because of cherished demons and cherished sin retained by believers in the church – I of whom am the worst culprit! But I tell you what I delight in, is looking back at the distress that I have been allowed to go through for only by them I am who I am today. I tell you it is the Mercy of God! It is the Love of God! For otherwise where would you be? Otherwise, who would you be?
So, I have given you a key here, one that is hardly ever taught, learn to have a deeply repentant heart before the Lord, and learn to seek Heaven manifest in your life – daily! Do not forget it is the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13). Even through a culture of prayer and fasting for it is a statement of: 1. humbling yourself before the Lord (Matt. 23:12), 2. a hunger of heart for the Counsel, Power, and Voice of God, 3. a heart’s desire to change and to enter more into that of which God, through the crucifixion of His own Son, has prepared and made the way for you.
The truth is that it’s OK when everything is going fine, when you are living in prosperity, to go preach a powerless gospel. But the Lord’s Heart aches for the broken, for the lost, and for the suffering. The Lord’s Heart deeply aches for them; He wants to see the Kingdom advance. But though His own people have the full rights of the Mantel and Authority of the Name of Jesus upon their lives, they live so disconnected to it. All Authority has been given the Christian Church, all Power, all Promise, even the Spirit of Might and the Fire of God. But those of whom bear the Name of the King represent Jesus (and know Him) in such a poor light that hardly anyone in the world wants Him. Nor do they come to know that He is the Answer and has the answer right here and now.
I am not here to tell you what is wrong with you or what you are doing, I am here to tell you what is right in Jesus. The Enemy comes in order to kill, steal, and destroy: I place no condemnation or weight of criticism upon you; the diminished powerless gospel message is a conjured up plan of the Enemy, not man. But stop being such easy targets! Satan’s plan and intention from the beginning is to undermine the Church as a whole and to defame the Name of Jesus – simple. But those “who know their God will resist him and do great exploits” (Dan. 11:32). Come then and humble yourself before your God in Heaven (1 Kings 21:27-29), weep and mourn before Him for His Heart is purposed to prosper you and give you a great hope and a great future.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV)
The Devil conspires together with his demon hordes, he schemes and sets up traps to try to get at you. He comes at your health, at your finances, at your mind, your relationships, your loved ones; and he comes especially at your Identity in the Lord. For if he can undermine your identity in Jesus, and you receive it to heart, then you become weak and frail until eventually you go down. This was one of the primary targets he focused on when coming at Jesus in the desert saying, “if you are the Son of God” (Matt. 4:6).
The believer with a lost Identity is easy easy pickings. And through the disgruntled powerless believer he comes to discredit the Name of Jesus in order to quench the faith of the many. But I tell you this, and make it most clear; if you truly become one who humbles yourself and bond with the God of Heaven and earth, it will be Jesus who comes alongside you and schemes and plots against the Devil and his plans on your behalf. Bringing healing and restoration, even to turning the purposes of the situation for your good, and honour His Name in the process. This that even many people’s faith would be lifted up. Satan is purposed to strip away your hope. Jesus is purposed to raise your hope that it may go right in behind the Curtain to where Jesus went before us.
Roar as a lion: both you and I must needs learn to roar as a lion and no longer scurry away as fearful sheep. We are not called to live blind, defeated, hopeless, or powerless lives – that is a false religion! You are called to mature and to become one who roars in the face of adversity bringing even the full backing of Heaven into the situation here, now, and today. Faith is much about an attitude of heart; as you approach needs and wants wrought by a deep Identity fired by the Holy Ghost. I don’t care how big situations get, I will not make an idol of them and place them on a pedestal bowing down to worship it. I won’t, I refuse; I won’t cast Jesus aside like that. I will, however, cast the care unto the Lord and lift Jesus up in my eyes and delight in the Praise (in my soul) of His Name all the same. Regardless of how intense and real!
There is something better than your own praise unto the Lord, and that is when a choir of angels come upon your own soul offering perfect Praise unto the Lord.
The Name of Jesus cannot be defamed, His Glory remains irrespective of what the world does or what the world thinks. Heaven still stands and the gaping hole of Hell still burns. However, those who live uncompromised and of whose hearts are fixed and rooted deeply in the Love of God: “the Spirit of the Lord” SHALL rest upon them (Is. 11:2). Even the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of the LORD!
To be continued …
Pray this prayer with me. ‘Thank you Lord, that you wish to raise me up, even as a lion. Lord, to not passively live, but becoming even as a warrior of the Lord. Lord, I desire deeply to abide in the Tent of Meetings and meet with you all day long. Lord, even for the rest of my days. That you may raise me even as Joshua, firmly taking ground for the people of God. To lead them into the Promises established for them, since the before the establishing of the foundations of the earth. In Jesus precious Name. Amen!’
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