Thank you for joining me in this study of the authority of the believer and I trust that the Holy Spirit has ministered to your hearts through this Word. To-day we conclude this study by studying “Reigning in life”.
Rom.5:17. (Amp) For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offence) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God's] overflowing grace (unmerited favour) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
We have to receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. If we receive these two things we will reign in life as kings through Christ Jesus, immersed in eternal life.
The armour of a ruler:
Eph.6:10-18. (Amp) In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Put on God’s whole armour [the armour of a heavy armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil, for we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Therefore put on God’s complete armour, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm - footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).
The armour of God consists of:
- The helmet of salvation. We put on the helmet of salvation by renewing or minds by the Word of God and that is what protects and guards the way we think.
- The breast plate of righteousness. Understanding righteousness is what frees us from condemnation and protects the spirit of man from which flow the issues of life.
- The belt of truth. Truth protects our freedom and speed of movement.
- The good news. Being willing to proclaim the good news of salvation by grace through faith protects our way of life, our walk with God and the places we go.
- The shield of faith. Faith protects our entire existence.
- The sword of the Spirit, the Word of God effectively drives off and defeats the enemy and obtains the victory.
Without this armour, we have no power to carry out our task for which we have been given authority.
The attitude of a ruler:
We are to have the same mind and attitude that Jesus had.
Phil.2:5-9. (KJV) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.
You are to let this mind be in you, know who you are in Christ Jesus, know what you are to God, you are His child and representative. Empty yourself of bitter envy and selfish ambition, take the attitude of a servant. Take the attitude of giving your life for the kingdom.
The methods of a servant – ruler:
Rom.14:17. (Amp) [After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
James.3:17-18. (Amp) But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity). And the harvest of righteousness (of conformity to God’s will in thought and deed) is [the fruit of the seed] sown in peace by those who work for and make peace [in themselves and in others, that peace which means concord, agreement, and harmony between individuals, with undisturbedness, in a peaceful mind free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].
1Cor.13:4-8. (Amp) Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].
The way God’s servant’s rule:
With purity and peace; gentleness; willingness to yield; complete mercy; good fruit; not respecters of persons; no hypocrisy.
The commands of a ruler:
Mark.11:23-24. (KJV) For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
God has put His family in an awesome position of authority and responsibility. With the call of God comes His enablement. He has placed in us the desire and the means to fulfil this position of authoriy by the power of His Holy Spirit who works with us and through us. We need to realise this so that we can take up our position of authority. The longer we are deaf to His call and blind to our position of authority, the longer it will take to fulfil our proper role in His Kingdom.
God has restored man’s authority in salvation and can use the redeemed man for His initial plan and purpose of expressing and doing His will on earth. We should not hold back on our willingness to operate as useful sons in God’s kingdom. Living in obedience makes us suitable to be used in our proper role.
A ruler’s commands are always carried out and when we obediently operate in our God-given role, we have the potential of seeing God’s will come to pass as we pray within His will. Jesus said that He did whatever He saw the Father doing. If you are given a vision of what the Father is doing or saying, you can be sure you are in His will and as you pray, you will see the signs confirming God’s Word, miraculously. What glorious authority we have! [Under the category of prayer in the invisible church blog I have started posting Word based prayers that you can pray for yourself and others].http://theinvisablechurch.wordpress.com/
Realise the authority of your words. We should not treat our words lightly. When we speak idle words, lie or use our tongues for hypocrisy, we are actually dethroning ourselves. Ignorance in this area has robbed God’s family of their rightful place of authority. Understand that when you speak as a ruler, you speak on behalf of a King. Repent of idle speech and give God your tongue.
Matt.12:36-37. (Mess) Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”
Make every word you say count. Be loyal to the kingdom of God and speak out words life. A ruler’s authority is only as good as his word, make sure you can back every word you say with action and choose words that can be carried out to the last detail. Get in tune with God’s will and do not rest until you have. Have the mind of Christ and come to know Him. Be Christ-like.
If, in obedience to God’s command, you command demons to go in the Name of Jesus, they will go, in the same manner, if you command sickness to leave, there will be healing. If you command blessing to come, make sure it is the blessing that God would have spoken into the situation. Make sure that you are acting in obedience to the Father’s command, and like Jesus, are doing only what you see Him doing.
A ruler has servants to carry out his word, in like manner rely on God’s angles to carry out His commands.
Hebr.1:13-14. (Amp) Besides, to which of the angels has He ever said, Sit at My right hand [associated with Me in My royal dignity] till I make your enemies a stool for your feet? Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation?
A ruler has the ability to carry out his own word
Eph.3:20. (Amp) Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].
God is able to do, through us far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams and He does it through the power at work in us, we know that the Word of God is the power of God, please note that it is the Word of God that is living, or working in us and always remember that the Word of God that is living in you is the Word that speaks to you. By the power of the Holy Spirit we can carry out His Word.
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