Kings and Priests
King and Priest
Results happen when the Lion of the tribe of Judah roars: the captives are set free, there is a pronunciation of judgment against our enemies and there is a response to the call for the warriors to rise up walking in the kingly anointing. This kind of promotion by its very nature seems to invite great difficulties. But God knows that adversity builds both our character and our spiritual muscles. The psalmist expressed this so well: I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me" (Ps. 119:75).
To live in the midst of the roar helps you to grow in maturity for the next leg of your journey. God’s designed purpose to include difficulties, to prepare you to reign in the kingly anointing, adjusting your heart attitude to please God and this is the focus that motivates you.
THE PRIESTLY ANOINTING IS FOUNDATIONAL
We need to walk in the kingly anointing and possess the heart of a priest. Have a passionate heart and be a lover of God, one who desires deep intimacy with Him when no one is around. You see, God is watching what you do in secret. When you have the heart of a faithful priest, then you have the right foundation so that God can increase our level of authority and bring us into a kingly anointing. There is a great responsibility that comes with the priestly anointing.
Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever. And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left in your house will come and bow down to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and say, 'Please, put me in one of the priestly positions, that I may eat a piece of bread'" (1 Sam. 2: 35-36).
A faithful priest in God's eyes is a servant who will do what is in His heart and mind. How can we do what's in God's heart and mind? The only way is to be doing those things that we see the Father doing. We have to seek the heart and mind of God. A faithful priest isn't concerned about his own agendas and how he looks in public; it's about who he is in his heart.
Walking in God's presence is the true priestly anointing reflecting the holiness of God, nourished in His presence. God knows He is going to do something, the Father will not be mocked and He has a standard of righteousness, a divine evaluation or plumb-line.
We need to walk in love and in wisdom, and have a responsibility to speak up. We must show that we have the heart of a faithful priest esteeming the holiness of God concerned with doing His will. Then they'll have what it takes to carry the kingly anointing. But what is the kingly anointing? The kingly anointing involves a wide scope of spiritual authority to release a corporate anointing.
The kingly anointing that God wants to impart is a whole new focus and new level of authority in the body of Christ to advance His kingdom. We need this level of anointing!
Each of these is an excellent example concerning what it takes to please God and how to walk as kings and priests. God is looking for those whose hearts are completely sold out to him. And so I want to ask a few questions and invite us to take some time before the Lord examining our hearts.
- How do we take care of the lamp stand? Scripture says: Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning; when he tends the lamps, he shall burn incense on it" ( Ex. 30:7-8). The burning of incense is prayer. Prayer was going on simultaneously while Aaron was tending the lamp. Prayer makes the ground of our heart fertile so that we can begin to hear and receive revelation.
- When it's all said and done, what does our week look like? I felt the Lord say that He wants to bring us into a whole new level of intimacy, through soaking and seeking, because that's how we're going to go deeper. So let's take time to be with the Lord and not book our week up so there's no room for God in our lives.
- Are we walking in humility and devotion to the Lord? If so, then we're in a safe place spiritually and when the Lion roars and pronounces judgment against our enemies we won't be swept into it. (We spoke about this last week.) Rather, we'll see bondage's break and freedom come to our sons and daughters.
- Do we sense our hearts have become a little callused and cold? Let's be like Samuel and minister to the Lord and ask Him to renew our passion for Him. If you want to come back and buy gold refined in the fire, I want you to do that today (Rev. 3:14-22). Your relationship with God might need to be made right. God may be challenging you to begin to confront an issue.