You are a king (so act like one)

Did you know that you are called to be a king? It’s true. God told Abraham he would be “the father of many nations and kings will come from you.” Abraham’s offspring—the children of the faith—are meant to be kings (see Gen. 17:6, 16).

This means you. Jesus the King has made you both a king and a priest (Rev. 1:6). Did you even know?

Kingship has to do with authority and power. Adam was given authority over the earth and lost it to Satan. We know this because of what the devil said when he showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world: “All their authority and splendor has been given to me” (see Luke 4:6).

But last Adam took back what the devil stole and before he ascended into heaven, he revealed his kingly glory: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matt. 28:18).

The war has been fought and won and the devil is defeated. As believers our role is to represent the Victor and his victory in those areas that remain under the influence of darkness.

We are to fill the earth with the knowledge of his glory by ruling over sickness, demonic spirits, and all the works of the enemy. (Sidebar: For those new to this kingship business, here’s a reading list: Matt. 10:1, 8, 12:28, Mark 16:17–20, Luke 10:19, and John 14:12.)

In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world. (Ephesians 2:6, GNB)

This leads to some sobering questions: Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do people get sick and die prematurely? Why do the innocent suffer? Theologians blame sin, Job followers blame God, but look at what the Bible says:

The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to man. (Psalms 115:16)

This planet is our responsibility. It was given to us and we were told to rule it.

If bad things happen it is easy to blame God and the government or the Russians cyberwhizzes behind Snapchat. But did you ever pause to consider the possibility that bad things happen because we—the kings called to rule in God’s name—allow them to happen. It was one of us who gave the planet to Satan, and it was Jesus acting as one of us who took it back.

We have far more say in what goes on than we give ourselves credit for.

The problem is not that we lack authority. The problem is we don’t walk in the authority God has given us. We don’t know how.

Perhaps we think we are too young or too old or we don’t have enough training or we need more anointing. Perhaps we are sitting idly by waiting for Jesus to return. Whatever our excuse, the outcome is the same: When we abdicate our kingly role people suffer.

Consider Adam. A treacherous enemy slithered into his realm, Adam did nothing, and humanity ended up on death row. Bad things happen because kings do nothing to stop them.

When industries collapse and companies fold, it’s easy to point the finger at corporate fat cats and sleeping watchdogs. But spoilers and slackers have always been with us and playing the blame game solves nothing.

A better question to ask is, where were we? Where were the kings who rule with wisdom and justice?

Unbelief thrives in a culture of victimhood but faith brings the victory that overcomes the world (see 1 John 5:4).

Passive unbelief stays on the sidelines and doesn’t lift a finger to help, but faith raises its hand—it volunteers, it speaks out, it defends and seeks to administer justice in the name of a righteous king.

Over the coming weeks we are going to learn how to walk and talk like the kings we are. You’re going to love it. Invite a friend.

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22 Comments on You are a king (so act like one)

  1. Brandon Petrowski // November 7, 2019 at 1:10 am // Reply

    I love this post.

  2. jackandjanet2013 // November 7, 2019 at 1:19 am // Reply

    Love this. Can’t wait to read what you have coming.

  3. YES!!! Where were we!!! Thanks a bunch for this exhortation.

  4. Great Word Paul! We have authority not just we’re Kings and Priests, but because Christ literally lives inside us, enabling and empowering us to do so! Boy,I needed to hear that today! Thanks again for your faithfulness to this Good News!!

  5. Don’t mind if I invite my female friends!

  6. Paul, what a timely message! I woke up this morning thinking along these lines but from another angle. I was thinking about how the message of a victorious eschatology is very popular these days. But I began to think about how we can sometimes even use that as an excuse not to walk in our authority. We can perhaps think “things are getting better on their own” because we have embraced a positive end time theory. But what if we simply focused on our victorious Jesus?

    He said we are light, so why not think, “no matter how dark or less dark it gets in the world, I am light and have the privilege and responsibility to shine”?

    • Amen! As someone said, “the problem in the world today is not all the darkness, but rather it’s the quality of the light!” It’s time to shine like never before!

  7. I am loving this. Can’t wait for the what’s to follow. Feeling so excited and eager to learn. Thanks Paul E.

  8. tesfaye negeri // November 7, 2019 at 3:25 am // Reply

    Thank you so much Paul for the powerful message God bless you.

  9. Kent Lindsay // November 7, 2019 at 3:34 am // Reply

    Was thinking about this “ He has made us kings and priests” just yesterday, then this came this morning. Got your You Tube link. Started listening watching. Will finish later. May God awaken us to what’s going on and equip us afresh with the Authority of Christ in us to do a reset and overhaul of His world which His dominion is over “from sea to sea”

    Best in our zone Love
    kenT

  10. this is fantastic stuff, Paul. Thanks for posting and I surely look forward to the next ones in this series

  11. Churches are largely responsible for the failure of people to act with the authority we have been given. Fear-based lies about what we MUST do to receive what has already been freely given, the bondage of rule-based performance anxiety, and the worst lie of all, that our Father intents to eternally torture most of his creation, driving many to despair, horrific fear (when His perfect love casts out fear), mental illnesses and suicides.

  12. Thanks Paul!

  13. Love it! On board and ready!

  14. charlene clough // November 8, 2019 at 4:27 pm // Reply

    Thank you so much for this article! I found it very encouraging because God has given me a classroom to rule over. These facts inspire me to rule over the children with the wisdom, justice, grace, and love He has put in me.

  15. Jane Quijada // November 9, 2019 at 7:09 am // Reply

    I love what this! It rings true in my spirit that we are to rule and reign with Him in this life where it’s needed! Thank you!

  16. Paul,
    Excellent article! I find it intriguing to note that the incarnation of Christ, and His glorious sacrifice, not only resulted in the forgiveness of sin for those who would believe, but His defeat of the enemy was as a man in full compliance with the ways and means of His Father. While His hypostatic union as the God/man was intact from the womb, His defeat of the enemy was as a man. It could be no other way due to the fact, as you stated in your article, God had given authority over the earth to man. The only way authority could be restored would be if man lawfully reclaimed it. Jesus did just that. May each of us humbly learn to grow in our comprehension as to what that means and the manner in which restored authority is to be exercised. I look forward to your future writings on this important subject.
    Bill
    Orlando

  17. This is so good! Too often the tired traditional religious lie that says God is in absolute total control of every single facet of human existence is attributed to all events on earth. Tradition can’t accept God’s all the time goodness, our position/identity in Christ and the authority granted to us. It’s easier to blame God for our lack of Faith and continued unbelief. Good to be reminded of who we are.

  18. Kings we are yes indeed, yet under the King of king’s

    Psalm 82, and I see each has their Job given them to do as led to do. Seeing this as to just bloom wherever planted

    Thanks looking forward to more sharing

  19. Boy this is great. I can’t wait to swallow the whole thing. Keep it up Paul. 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  20. Great article! Now I’m heading over to read part 2! Haven’t been able to read one in a while which bugs me. Can I please take a year off of life so I can read every grace-based article and every grace book out there? Ok, it’s not gonna happen, but I still wish I could.

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