Have you ever wanted or needed things to happen in your life or your city or nation and all you knew to do was ask God to intervene? Have you found this style of prayer of asking for everything not to be very effective in all circumstances? Have you ever noticed that this type of prayer most of the time makes you feel powerless to do anything yourself except to wait for God to come down and make something happen if He feels like it? Well, I’ve noticed a few things lacking about this kind of prayer! In fact, this is what I was taught for the majority of my life and the results were proof enough that something was seriously missing.
Fortunately, I have good news for you. I’ve been learning a few things that flips this gross error of passivity on its head. I’m going to present some keys which come straight from Jesus and put us back in the driver seat, returning the authority we were given 2,000 years ago so we can bring God’s kingdom here on earth now, as it is in Heaven.
Credits: The insights in this article are all taken from the Kingdom of God teaching products from Joshua Media Ministries International and David E. Taylor.
Your Identity and Assignment
Like it or not, you and I are in a spiritual war. It began back in Genesis with Adam and Eve and satan speaking through a snake. That particular battle was lost and as a result, we’ve been in a major war ever since. If you don’t understand this basic truth by now, you must be living in lala land. Back when satan rebelled against God, he was kicked out of Heaven and ended up down here where we humans were given dominion and authority over all creation. Since we are made in the image and likeness of God, satan wants nothing to do with anything that resembles God.
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. 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 NKJV)
You and I as Christians have first a royal assignment and second, a church assignment. We are first kings, then priests. Our kingdom position always comes first and outranks our church position. We have a spiritual crown as a king to fight spirit princes. Until we understand and exercise the authority we have already been given, nothing in the natural realm will change until the spirit realm is taken over.
Your situation won’t change many times unless you take up your position and authority and go to battle with the things God says you should have in your life. Not only that, but the news headlines won’t change, the government won’t change, the mass shootings won’t end, the perversions, immorality and corruption won’t stop, incurable diseases won’t end, drugs and human trafficking won’t be stopped, etc. You and I must do our part in taking down the kingdom of satan that he and all his demonic princes have set up.
In my previous article, I wrote about how a king operates as a head of a kingdom. In this article, I’m going to show the personal activations and principles by which we take things out of the spirit realm and bring them into the natural realm.
Casting Down Strongholds
The first thing we must understand is that our role as king in God’s kingdom begins in our own personal life. We begin by stopping any influence of the enemy in our thoughts and then establishing thoughts and beliefs that are aligned with God’s kingdom. Once we have our own house in order, we then can extend that in increasing circles of influence around us. Unless you have first lined up your own thoughts and your character with God’s standards, you have no place in expecting anything outside of you to line up in similar manner.
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
(2 Corinthians 10:5-6 NKJV)
Here are a few personal diagnostic questions to consider… Do you use your mouth to speak negative things and curse yourself or those around you? If so, then forget about exercising the authority of a king. Do you have pollution in your head and attitudes that are in opposition to God’s standards? If so, God is not going to assign His angels to assist you. Do you have the sin of pride spilling out of you in any form? If so, God will resist you.
Imagine a police officer who rebels against his authority and acts with an arrogant attitude. Do you think he is going to maintain his position and title and be allowed to exercise authority out on the streets? Probably not!
In the same manner, everything inside of you must be in alignment with God’s law for you to exercise that outside in the world around you. Yes, that means you need to be ruthless in getting rid of everything inside your mind, will, emotions and character that is contrary to God’s word. Once you are in agreement with God, you can now take the next step and come into agreement with others according to God’s law.
Prayer of Agreement
The next thing we must understand is the principle of agreement. The spiritual principle of agreement applies equally to both God’s kingdom and the devil’s. When we agree on anything in prayer with other believers and make decrees, we are establishing a matter first in the spirit realm.
Satan spreads his influence in the world by getting people to agree with him, just like he did when a third of his angels followed him in rebellion against God. But when we come together in agreement in prayer and we exercise God’s word on a situation, we are using this principle to bring God’s kingdom here into our situation. The more agreement, the more power is activated in the spirit realm. This leads to the next principle: making decrees.
Kings Make Decrees
The principle of decrees and declarations is found in Esther. When a prophet (church office) speaks a prophetic message from God, he or she is speaking according to God’s will for a situation. But when a king makes a decree according to God’s principles, God backs him according to this declaration. This is why Jesus taught us to declare that the kingdom of God has been established when we enter an area.
You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.”
(Esther 8:8 NKJV)
Therefore, we must decree a thing before it can happen in the same manner that God spoke first, and then everything came into existence. This is also the same or similar to prophesying over your situation.
This does not mean that we do this one time and then quit. No, we must do this repeatedly thereby enforcing God’s word in our situations until we see the desired result manifest in front of us. This is what we call divine persistence. You never stop doing this until God’s kingdom has been fully established in your situation “as it is in Heaven”.
Kings Give Commands
When we think of the president of a country, we also must understand that they have an additional title as “Commander in Chief” of the armed forces. This term “commander” does not exactly make us think of a passive person making suggestions. It might be a good eye opener to do a word search through the Gospels and see how many times the word “command” is used in reference to Jesus. Just for an example, take a look at how many times Matthew recorded this one word.
Once you see the number of times this word “command” is used by Jesus and subsequently by the writers of the epistles (Paul, Peter, etc), you are going get a very different idea of who Jesus really is and how He carried out His mission here. When we start to see Him as the “king of kings” and not just a “nice person”, we are now getting a more accurate picture of the real Jesus.
Kings give commands and then things happen. This is very similar to a decree but the point I am bringing out here is in how we must speak. Commands are not passive; they are authoritative and they can even convey a sense of sternness. When you are rebuking a demon and commanding it to leave a person, you must give a command. Suggestions are not going to produce any result. The same goes for healing prayer, you command the sickness to leave or pain to leave, bones to come back together or eyes to see, etc.
Binding and Loosing
Binding and loosing is another activation principle. We bind the activity of demons and loose the resources of God’s kingdom such that God’s spiritual forces (angels of various types) are sent into action. In this manner we establish God’s kingdom on earth just as we have been instructed to pray:
So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
(Luke 11:2 NKJV)
We must bind the forces of evil just like a police officer arrests and handcuffs a criminal. God gave us authority here on earth as kings. Unless we exercise that authority, the only thing that will happen is that the kingdom of darkness will prevail. Satan’s kingdom is not going to take a break or leave anything untouched here on earth or in your personal life. We are God’s spiritual law enforcers!
Boldness is Paramount
When we exercise our position as king, we cannot do this in a passive manner. When you think of a king (or even a president or prime minister), you do not think of a passive cowering person! No, you think of a person who understands the position and authority they have been granted. In the same manner, we must fully understand the position we have been given and the authority that comes with the title of king.
We are instructed to exercise our position with “all boldness” just as the early church did. When you exercise your authority as king, you don’t just give up at the first sign of resistance! When your situation seems not to change, that does not mean you just quit and say “ok, obviously this stuff doesn’t work“.
If you are new to this whole concept of being a king, you are going to get your share of demonic resistance. If you don’t believe in your identity, you cannot expect the demonic realm to take you seriously either. Those who understand the spiritual realm say that our thoughts and beliefs are very obvious in the unseen realm and when they don’t line up with our words, we can forget about anything happening. This is why those who teach on healing miracles say that it is a requirement that you have faith in order to see a healing manifest.
When we think of a successful leader of a nation, we hope to find they are operating with wisdom. We are taught in Proverbs that we must have wise counsel in order to carry out a battle. In the same manner, when we operate as a king, we need to get our counsel from the Holy Spirit. God gave us His Spirit exactly for this reason (among others)!
If we do not have wisdom in a situation, go to God first and then expect that He will answer in some way. Everything we do (above) must be done with wisdom and in accordance with God’s word, otherwise we may be acting foolishly, ignorantly or even recklessly. By activating the above principles with God’s wisdom, we are ensuring our results will be most effective and in accordance with God’s larger strategy and plan for our life and those around us. God’s wisdom will never contradict what He already gave us in the Bible.
Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?”
And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
(1 Samuel 30:7-8 NKJV)
Key Point: the term “king” applies equally to both men and women because spiritually, there is no limitation nor discrimination between gender, social-economic class, ethnicity or any other biological or man-made qualification as stated in Galatians 3:27-28.
Kingdom Prayer Example
“I declare the kingdom of God has now come and according to the governmental authority of God in the name of Jesus, I rebuke demons of sickness, poverty, perversion (any others) and I bind them now and command them to go immediately. I declare all attacks planned by the enemy against (myself, a family member, etc) are now cancelled and I speak confusion to all the plans of the enemy and all demons be scattered now. I release all the resources of Heaven now as needed for health, provision, open doors of opportunity, etc. I also ask for all forms of wisdom and insight from the Holy Spirit (as needed according to your situation).”
The principles above and many more can be found in a variety of resources from several ministries. I’m going to highlight two here:
- David E. Taylor (Joshua Media Ministries International) has many teachings on the principles and protocols by which God’s kingdom operates:
- Kingdom of God school package
- The Mystery of Authority
- The Imperial Anointing
Remember, you must activate these principles regularly in all circumstances in your life. The more you do this, the more you will see the changes in your own life and then in increasing circles of influence to include your city, state and nation. There are no limits in God’s realm! Activate these now and you will see God’s kingdom be established now on earth as it is in Heaven.
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