Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ! Welcome to „Daily Word for Spiritual Edification”! We continue talking about our character and nature. We saw that without God’s blessing we cannot have any fruit in our lives. Without His blessing we cannot fully function on earth ad do the things God expects of us. Without His blessing we cannot fulfil our mission. Knowing this, God did His part. In order for us to have God’s blessing, we must stay in touch and have fellowship with Him. And in order to have fellowship with Him, we must be like Him. And that was God’s original plan: He created us in His image and according to His likeness.
But after the fall of man sin came into the earth, and the man lost this image and likeness of God. Then God sent Jesus Christ in order to restore the status people had lost. So the first thing we need is for God’s image and likeness to be restored in us. This is done by our continual fellowship with God and allowing His word to transform us. This is the whole reason behind the practice of all form of spiritual disciplines or different spiritual activities, like reading of the Bible, prayer, fasting, attending of church services etc. All these things are done to help us grow spiritually. The essence, meaning and the end of spiritual growth is to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ and to grow into His likeness. This is necessary for us to be able to have spiritual authority from God, so that we can rule and reign on earth as His ambassadors. When we have the support of heaven, God sends His angels to protect us and fight along with us as we work to spread God’s Kingdom. The Bible calls God’s angels ‘ministering spirits’. But we must understand that God’s angels are obedient only to God’s Word. They will support and help us only as we submit to God’s commandments; they will only obey the orders which we utter as God’s kings, when we are acting in subordination to the King of kings. As we’ve said before, we first must become God’s priests and only then can we function as His kings. As His priests we build and maintain intimate personal relationships with God, walk in obedience to Him and submit to His Word. As priests we adopt His nature of love and righteousness. But as kings we grow in our God-given abilities. Our God is not just a holy and loving God; He is also the sovereign God of power. And as kings we manifest His power and ability and His authority; we promote justice and stand against any power that tries to prevent God’s work on earth. We overturn any attacks on God’s knowledge or God’s will. We expand the influence of the King of kings in different areas of the societies on the planet earth. This is our purpose as kings. We reign over territories and sphere of life, to posses them and to bring them in subjection to God absolute authority. As kings we reign through growing in God’s wisdom according to the following passage of the scripture:
«Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, all the judges of the earth» (Proverbs, 8:14-16).
We can see here that as kings we can demonstrate our authority through our words and as we decree God’s laws. We find this same ideas in Ecclesiastes:
«Where the word of a king is, there is power; and who may say to him, „What are you doing?» (Ecclesiastes, 8:4).
As kings we decree God’s truth, and our decrees are supported by Him. Also, as kings we must understand that our role, functions and effectiveness must be rooted in God’s nature. It is God’s nature that should motivate our actions. The nature of God makes us like God, and all of us must realize the importance of this. Tomorrow we will continue to talk more on this. May God abundantly bless every one of you! Pastor Rufus Ajiboye
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