The Authority of Living Royalty

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It may seem like we as Christians are merely humans located on a deteriorating planet.  The reality is that we’re just “sojourners and pilgrims” on this earth (I Peter 2:11).  This world is not our home or permanent residence.  In fact, our actual location in God’s eyes is a place of reigning with Him in heavenly places.  He doesn’t see us as human nobodies; He’s made us kings and priests unto Himself.  The Queen of England, the Prime Minister of Israel, or the Supreme Leader of Iran couldn’t compare to this position of reigning!

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus… Ephesians 2:4-6

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:5-6

For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)   Romans 5:17

With that position of reigning comes what every ruler enjoys – authority.  Rulers, because of the crown on their head or the vote of their people, have the authority make and enforce laws.  They are in a position that automatically comes with power to command.

Because of our position in the royal kingdom, authority has also been delegated to us.  It’s an authority that doesn’t begin and end with people or earthly things.  It extends far beyond what we can see and into the spiritual realm.  It comes from a commission and empowerment given to us by Jesus with the use of His Name.  Without it, we would have no authority at all!

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  Luke 10:19

And He said to them, “God into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  he who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.  Mark 16:15-18

In addition to our authority to use the name of Jesus as our key weapon, we also have some hardware that we couldn’t do without.  This is how we stand in our position of authority when spiritual enemies come against us.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For 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. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God . . .  Ephesians 6:10-17

Because we cannot see the armor of God with our physical eyes, it seems hard to believe that we are equipped with such powerful weapons of authority.  That’s why we are to believe in our hearts that it is so, just like we believe to receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

We won’t act upon our authority unless we believe it exists.

Imagine how ridiculous it would be for a king to suddenly disbelieve that he is of royal blood.  Instead of enjoying the perks of royalty, he goes into panic, questioning everything he knew before to be true – including his authority.  The kingdom would soon fall apart because he was too intimidated to exercise his power, that same power that kept enemies at bay and laws of justice in place.

This is what happens when we don’t understand our authority, or choose not to exercise it.  The devil comes in and takes advantage of our ignorance.  He throws those “fiery darts” at us, and if our shield of faith isn’t up, we are wounded.  If we don’t know our position of righteousness before God, he’s able to weaken our belief in who we are.  Without our “Gospel of peace” shoes on, our confidence to change our world with the Gospel will be small and easily undermined.  Lacking the helmet of salvation, we fall easy prey to defeat.  If our sword of the Spirit lays to the side, dusty and rusted, we will have nothing to ward of the attack.

On the other hand, armies tremble when God’s army of kings rises up, fully geared in their armor and shouting the Name of their Commander.  Demons flee in terror and sickness drops its sword when faced by believers who know their authority.  It’s the kind of warfare that’s unstoppable!

Let’s be an army of kings that believes and acts, faithfully utilizing the authority and power that Jesus purchased for us at so great a price.  Let us not allow our resources to decay, but joyfully, proudly, and confidently sport our gear for God’s glory.  The result will be more than any earthly king could ever imagine!

 

The Power of Living Royalty

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When we look at the commission and lifestyle of Living Royalty, it’s easy to suddenly feel intimidated.  The role of ambassador and minister sounds overwhelming.  A consistent lifestyle of love, obedience, and righteousness seems impossible.  Our response can easily be, “Who, me? I don’t have what it takes to accomplish that!”

And it’s true; we don’t.  We were never meant to do and be what God has called us to do and be in our own strength.  In fact, it wasn’t even possible to join God’s family without His intervention.

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us… Titus 3:4-5

If our own efforts of salvation couldn’t fill the bill of God’s qualifications, then anything else we may try to do on our own wouldn’t suffice.  Our timid strength would fail us if we attempted to step out and represent Jesus on our own.  Facing persecution, we’d run down the nearest hole without God’s courage in us. The moment we discover a weakness in our lives, we would lose heart if not for knowing who God made us to be.  We need Him!

Jesus’ Power

We should be encouraged when remembering that even Jesus couldn’t do anything aside from the power of God:

Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatsoever He does the Son also does in like manner.  For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. John 5:19-20

I can of myself do nothing. John 5:30

Jesus could have been intimidated by His role as God made flesh on the earth. But He didn’t cower from the responsibility because He knew a greater power was working through Him.  He had God the Father’s example to follow, and God’s anointing empowering Him.  Day in and day out Jesus communed with God, getting directions from Him on what to do next.  Knowing God and His nature was what kept Jesus consistently flowing in that power.  He recognized His weakness alone, but acknowledged His ability through God’s power.  He:

  1. Humbled Himself, admitting He couldn’t do anything without God.
  2. Submitted Himself to God’s lead, ignoring any other opinion.
  3. Copied whatever He saw God doing.

Our Power

When we put Jesus’ steps into action, the power and grace of God will go to work through us and we will accomplish exactly what God intended!  Like it or not, though, the devil will try to persuade us that we still don’t have what it takes.  That’s when we must ignore those voices and remind ourselves of what God says.  Keeping His Words in our hearts will keep our spirits strong.  It will be a constant reminder that there is no need to fear . . . and no reason to be overcome by pride.  It’s our means of courage, no matter what form of intimidation may come our way.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:19

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.  I John 4:4

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10

Empowerment from God is not just available to those called into full-time ministry.  It’s not reserved for those going to the jungles of Africa.  It’s not only for those called to stand before thousands, preaching God’s Word.  It’s available to every believer.   Whether homemaker or school teacher, manager or social worker, we are all called to walk as living royalty.  We are all ordained to function as “able ministers of the Gospel” (2 Corinthians 3:6).  As we walk out our roles in God’s Kingdom, we must remember that we’re not doing it alone; we are doing it in the power of the King!