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Day #54: Priests and Kings
“Priests and Kings” (part 2)
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. (2 Cor. 10:3-4 NJKV)
Jesus is both Lamb and Lion, He is both Priest and King, and He is both Christ and Judge. This He lived and operated whilst in ministry on this earth, and in this He is firmly established and operating in Heaven here, now, and today. Satan would prefer Christians to live and respond as sheep, in spiritual warfare, and take it on the chin. But that is not how Jesus always responded, nor operated. Though He never ever picked up a stone when stones were picked up against Him. He never operated in His own flesh in vengeance or self-defence, that position was firmly set in the Father and the angels He assigns (Ps. 91:12).
Jesus, in heart, always walks and moves firstly as a Lamb, Priestly and Christly; with meekness, compassion, and tenderness. However, we plainly read how in many situations where Jesus rose up as a Lion. He rose up in a position as both Judge and King, and this before the Cross. The truth is that the vast majority of Christians define the Love of God only as “turn the other cheek”, when the Gospels, as well as in the book of Acts and in the rest of the Bible, show the New Testament believers operating in their position as a ‘king’ bringing a judgement call in a situation.
One shoe does not fit all: one ‘shoe’ of love is not the full vision of the Love of God.
Ask yourself this question, was it the Love of God that knocked Paul off his horse and blinded him? In my opinion it is one of the most loving acts that Jesus demonstrates in the whole Bible. Here you have Paul murdering Jesus’ own people; in his religious zeal and ambition hunting down those who love the Lord. But Jesus in His Grace and Mercy took the wheels of his ‘car’ before he drove off a cliff. Not only so, but the plans and schemes of Satan were totally thwarted, as Paul became a great Apostle of the Lord. Hence your ability to pray along these same lines, at times, is right in line with the Heart and Mercy of the Lord.
When Satan triggers a plan that he has set up against you and you respond in prayer, Jesus looks at the situation as a whole picture. He doesn’t just look at you and your immediate problem, but desires to bring multi-layered healing and a greater strength and alignment unto Himself for your own blessing. And also He looks beyond you to those around you, looking afar to how other people’s faith may be raised and established in Him (the ‘Name of Jesus honoured’). What Jesus desires always is to plan and scheme for the greatest of healing, not just for you, but for the multitudes and the generations. Truly, your prayers and requests to Heaven cause Jesus to set up a ‘round-table’ to fully thwart the plans of Satan. That is why at times prayers seem to take time to receive answer. But faith is key, for faith engages you in the ‘table’ of the Lord to bring a swift result and is found in your maintained seeking of the Presence and Purposes of God fulfilled and flourishing in your life.
So instead of having to get ready for when problems arise; become as an Elijah or a Joshua, a Daniel or a David, a Peter or a Paul; who retained a heart to set about making themselves continually ready. In love and praise of our Lord Jesus Christ, in earnest seeking of His Face, wait upon the Lord. Therefore, the Lord Himself will come and thoroughly Equip you, Train and Raise you, revealing Mysteries and Anointing you of Heaven.
Living a partial life, a lukewarm faith, a flesh-strength walk; leave you ill-equipped when traps of the Enemy are sprung. But one rooted deeply in the Love of God can stand up as a lion and roar and no longer remain as a little sheep that runs and hides. For you, by a culture of soul, decidedly choose to hide yourself in the Lord, in the Secret Place, in this then you are able to stand up as a king and bring a judgement of the Lord. When the Devil thinks he has a plan that will truly get you this time, you will rise up and command, you will rise up and roar at him in your soul with the full backing of Jesus; the Lion of Judah. For those who abide in the Secret Place of the Most High God are seated in a kingly position of Authority in the spiritual realms, right next to the King of Kings and Lord of lords.
If you do not live in the Secret Place, you best turn the other cheek in all situations for otherwise the King may bring judgement upon you. If you pick up a ‘stone’ in self-decreed judgement, in self-righteousness, or in offence and anger go against a brother; then the Vengeance of God is against you. This you don’t want, you don’t want to meet the Fear or Dread of the Lord. For if in a prideful and mocking heart you take it upon yourself to take matters into your own hands than the Hand of God is firmly against you; “Vengeance is Mine, says the Lord, and I will repay” (Deut. 32:35).
“You cannot touch the Lord’s Anointed and be guiltless.” (1 Sam. 26:9)
But if you are maturing in Christ, as Jesus instructed His disciples (us), you will learn to dust the dirt off your sandals at times in a godly judgement (Matt. 10:14). And at times you may return even the “Peace” back to yourself after it was given (Matt. 10:13). And as a king with the Keys of Heaven in your hands, as an ambassador to the King of kings (a member of the governance of Heaven); you will bind or release (Matt. 16:19). You will forgive and they will be forgiven, or withhold forgiveness and they are not forgiven (John 20:21-23). These things are given by the Lord, through the Spirit of God, but if you choose to rise up in your own authority (or that of man’s) then you risk calling judgement against yourself. This is not to be treated lightly … however, in this, the Sword of the Spirit is placed firmly in the hands of the believer (Acts 5:12-14). The contemporary church wants the power of the book of Acts, but without the “staff” to guide or the ‘rod’ to correct or defend (1 Sam 17:34-35, Ps. 23, Ps. 2:7-9, Rev. 2:24-29). I say, “bring it on”, let us be washed clean so that we may stand spotless on the day of His coming (Mal. 3:2) – of which is now. Even for He to freely walk amongst us as He did before (Rev. 2:1-5).
And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven”. (John 20:22-23 NIV)
James and John were rebuked at one time for suggesting to call down fire down from Heaven to destroy a Samaritan village (Luke 9:51-56), but later full of the Spirit, Peter made a judgement call against Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11). It was not Peter who picked up a stone or a sword but it was the Love of God that did, it was Christ Jesus the Lamb who was operating as Judge and King. The Day of Judgement came upon them that very day (Luke 12:5). Learn to love the Love of God, yes … but also learn to love the Fear of God … for in the protection of the sheep He goes against the Jezebel wolf. Even to cause the healthy Fear of God to rise in the people and swiftly close off the destructive spirits of Partiality and Compromise. For He knows the hearts and minds of all man (Rev. 2:23).
What would make James and John start thinking along these lines, was it not the growing awareness that Jesus is all Authority and Power? That He truly is the King, and that they themselves are with Him as friends and companions. This reality was starting to rub off on them, the true implication of it was starting to sink in. They obviously were not operating in the right heart here, I get that, but what influence did hanging out day and night with the King have upon their thinking? One thing we do know is that the Apostles walked and taught that leaders must make a judgement call at times, in the Spirit of God; against great sin, injustice, or evil (1 Cor. 5:5). Always in the heart that the person may repent and end up in the Lord. But a different ‘prayer’ is decreed at times that they be “handed over to Satan for the destruction of their flesh, so that their souls may be saved on the day of the Lord”. Such a prayer uttered is in line with the Love of God for their sake and for the sake of the Body of Christ.
Matthew 21 (NKJV): Jesus entered into Jerusalem for the first time officially as “King”, riding on a donkey (vs 5), “then” (vs 12) He drove out the money changers turning tables in the Temple. And the next day Jesus returning to Jerusalem “in the morning” (vs 18) He operated as Judge ‘cursing’ a fig tree because it bore no fruit. In talking to His disciples He told them that “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can throw the mountain into the sea” (vs 21). The walls and strongholds apposed and aggressive against the Kingdom, even to your ‘field of harvest’, can be cast into the ‘sea’ and “it shall be done for you” (vs 21). To this you can operate freely the same “if you believe” … “you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer” (vs 22).
At first Jesus comes as a Priest but His full and rightful position today is King as well, and it is the King who is the Judge of the whole earth (John 5:22). There is no separation; Jesus is both Christ and Judge, Priest and King, Lamb and Lion. However, He comes to the children (vs 16): “out of infants and nursing babes you have perfected praise”) crossing the Judgement line as a tender and close Friend, but He is still King and Judge. The Enemies of Jesus the Father “will make His footstool” (22:44), and “he who exalts himself” against the Kingdom “shall be humbled” (23:12). In the end Jesus the King declared Judgement, before the Last Day, on the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law saying, “all the righteous Blood since Abel falls upon this generation” (23:35-36). This He decreed before ascending the Throne. Their “house is left desolate” because they were given time and were flatly not “willing” (23:37-39).
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev. 5:10 NKJV)
If you truly came to understand what the word ‘dominion’ actually means, in God’s eyes, you would right fall off your chair here and now. I am serious! If you came to understand even in portion what it means to rule and reign in the Lord, even the call of entering into the role of kingship, it’s much bigger than you could ever think or imagine. In God’s eyes, as a Christian, you are a little-christ, a little-lion, a little judge, and a little-king under the King of kings. Therefore, come under right alignment in the Lord, for evil is allowed in the high place of our Nation, in our schools, and even on our streets because those who are called of the Name of Jesus do not know who they are in Him and cower. Christians not operating in the full position that the Blood, the Word, and the Spirit has established and purposed.
As a king in the Lord, through the Spirit of God, you can make a judgement call releasing the Judgement of the Lord. Again I state this most clearly; if you try to operate in this realm outside the Spirit of God, judgement will fall upon you first. You cannot pray a judgement call against the likes of Jack the Ripper if you are lustfully orientated. You cannot pray against the likes of Hitler or ISIS if you disgracefully beat your own children or wife, or live with a slanderous, criticising, or abusive heart. For without “holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14); or in this case, no one will see the Hand of God at work.
But if you live according to the Spirit of God, as called, then you cannot be accused nor condemned (Rom. 8:1 NKJV). Evil then, can be firmly confronted and broken at the highest of levels by the Love of God, through those who are kings; calling upon the King of kings. As an ambassador of the Lord you are a representative of the King, not only so but you have the King’s full backing. And just as Jesus was, as He walked the earth, you too are the Gateway for the Kingdom and the ‘ears on the ground’ for your world. And you are an administrator of the Kingdom’s purposes for your sphere of influence. This also is the importance of bathing everything in prayer for you prepare the angelic realm to battle.
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. (Is. 2:3-4 NKJV)
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. (Is. 11:6 NIV)
How can this be? Surely the Knowledge of God and the Security of the Lord speaks of the King defending His sheep causing them to lie down without a care in the world. The people of God beating their swords into ploughshares, and their weapons of self-defence into tools of productivity. For truly the Lord is their Shield and exceedingly Great Reward with even the angels assigned to stop you “tripping upon a stone”.
“Throughout Samuel’s lifetime, the Hand of the LORD was against the Philistines (1 Sam. 7:13 NIV). What caused the favour of God to be so richly upon this man’s life? Now you are asking the right questions …
Horse before the Cart: every chapter of the New Testament Bible has something in there that can condemn you right into Hell; but thank Jesus for His Grace. Understand these things: Grace is always first then afterwards the Righteous requirements of the Word – but the Word is not thrown out. So to elaborate: there is righteousness, but Grace is first. There are works, but faith is first. There is law, but Mercy is first. There is flesh, but the Spirit is first. There are the Gifts, but Love is first. The second is never forgotten nor cast aside, but learning to come under alignment to the first the second is truly able to flourish.
One who flat out rejects the Love of God will meet the Fear of God on the Day on Judgement. But it would be much better to meet the Fear of God here and now, rather than later, for that is the Grace of the Lord (like Paul). For if one judges themselves today and turns rather than meet condemnation on the Day of Judgement, that is better right? To continue: here today there is the Fear of God, but the Love of God is always first. But, the Fear of God is never to be cast aside as irrelevant, for it is an integral part of the Personality of the Father. So in the Love of God you can pray the Fear of God to come in order to obliterate the spirit of Compromise that has firm a hold over someone. In Christ truly what a loving prayer that is.
If you are one who prays the Spirit of Understanding and Wisdom for a person struggling, this is a compassionate loving prayer. And in the same way if you pray the Spirit of Might to come upon a person’s life who is struggling with addictions, sicknesses, or strongholds; this also would be a righteous and noble prayer and totally rooted in the Love of God. But if you were one to pray the Spirit of Fear to come upon one who needs it wouldn’t that also be a prayer rooted in the Love of God? It is certainly of the Spirit (Is. 11:2).
It is terrible to experience the Fear of God, but sometimes that is just what is needed and can be the most gracious of prayers. For some; neither logic, reason, nor the show of compassion would have any positive bearing on them whatsoever. In the most severe case of Pharaoh who was pursuing the people of God, would reasoning to them help? Could you say, “Jesus Loves you” and turn the other cheek as they storm against you with swords drawn riding in a wild frenzy on their chariots? No, that time had passed, truly one facet of the Love of God does not fit all situations. In this case the only suitable prayer would be for the Fear and Terror of the Lord to come upon them and even “take the wheels off their chariots, so that they drive with great difficulty” (Ex. 14:25) … this too is a definition of the Love of God. For at first Pharaoh hardened his heart, and so later on God hardened Pharaoh’s heart in order to bring an end. But because of the severity of this case, a prayer of Covenantal Mercy can be prayed so that the Hand of God will come and intervene powerfully in your defence, bringing a righteous Judgement. And in this “the Lord will fight for you; you only need to be still” (Ex. 14:14). And just as in the life of Samuel, God will do the defending far beyond the borders of your life.
In some cases it is right for us to pray a judgement prayer. Understand this, the Love of God is in the turning of the other cheek but in other cases it is standing firm for righteousness. Sometimes it is pastoral, protective, and nurturing but in other times it is prophetic giving firm warning. Sometimes the Love of God is making a judgement call bringing the Hand of God into a situation, a Covenantal call upon the Lord for the protection of the culprit or the protection of those of whom he is harming. The Justice and Mercy of God – the Love of God – is not without a backbone, it is not like jelly. It is not even like a jellyfish that floats around aimlessly. No, it is a very purposed Love that is full of the incomprehensible Grace and Mercy of the Lord but it has a firm back bone! It will slay the demons, and even in severe cases; the person who destructively embraces them.
Those who God calls to go out and break down the Strongman pave the way for the Gospel to flow, making way for the Harvest to come in. But those who follow don’t necessarily understand what all the fuss was about for all they do is reap. For they never faced the battles that you triumphed in and made way for them. Now in our time there are many Strongholds and Walls that have risen up, in measure unlike before, and the way the church battled in the past is not necessarily the way they are to battle today … if you expect to win.
The Song Jesus places in your soul is most powerful at breaking down the mighty Walls and Strongholds of Satan.
I waited (Matt. 25:1-13) patiently (with expectation) for the LORD; and He inclined (stepped down and drew close) to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps (steadying my steps and establishing my goings). He has put a new song in my mouth (and in my heart). (Psalms 40:1-3 NJKV, AMPC, KJV)
Pray this prayer with me. ‘Thank you Lord, Lord with renewed humility of heart I turn my soul unto you and wait patiently for you to come. Lord may you come in your way and in your own good time. I choose to delight myself in you. Please raise me up and set my feet upon solid ground, even upon the Rock. Lord I pray and believe that you will establish me in all my goings and place a New Song in my mouth and in my heart. In Jesus Amen’.
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