Choosing to Reign with Christ

12373256_1069628439766929_8331322635533185901_n“We now walk in authority by faith, but when Christ returns, our authority and position will be evident to all. It is easy to become passive and lax in our present lives, because there seems to be no real accountability or certainty of our authority. That is, unless we choose to be accountable and to live with conviction.” Angie Weaver 

Choosing to walk in truth is extremely important in our Christian walk every single day. Understanding truth in our head is not enough! It is so important to stand strong in the end times. We must not only understand the authority we have in Christ, but we must choose to walk in it. Most of us are living far below our potential. But one day we will judge the whole earth. We are heirs with Christ and are called to rule the earth with Him (Revelation 1:6). We must not be apathetic but must activate our authority and live with conviction as God’s Kingdom people.

Are we willing to choose to take up this incredible call?

God will not do our work for us. He has provided everything we need. We have the authority. We can bring the message of restoration to mankind and break the dominion of Satan over society. God is not the one that is allowing the evil to continue on earth. We are when we do not recognize and use the authority he has given us. We are not to passively wait but to take action in prayer. He is waiting (Hebrews 10:12-13). We have to enforce his victory on earth (Romans 16:20, Colossians 2:13-15).

Our inheritance is the nations but we must fight for it (Psalm 2:7).

“This authority is invested in Jesus Christ, and we initially access it through the simplest, weakest way that man could ever imagine – prayer. We sit with God, and sitting in His Son, we ask God to move by His Spirit. Whatever we ask, while abiding in God, He will do for us (John 15:7-8)… Prayer is not the only work, but it is the first work of the church. Until we have prayed, there is nothing more we can do. After we have prayed and our intercession is accomplished, we must move forth into obedience, doing what God has shown us to do.” Steve Thompson

We wield our authority as we abide in Christ. We have the keys of the Kingdom of heaven. We need to begin to exercise a sense of ownership for our cities. We are called to bring into subjection demonic powers and disciple the nations. We are called to subdue the earth spiritually, affecting change through Christ’s authority. As we seek to have a deep relationship with God, we are able to stand strong in His peace and authority.

There was a submarine that was being tested and had to remain submerged, deep underwater for many hours through the night. A ferocious storm hit the area during the night. The next day the submarine resurfaced and returned to harbor. A man asked the captain, “How did the terrible storm last night affect you?” The officer looked at him with surprise on his face and exclaimed, “Storm? We didn’t realize there was a storm!” The submarine was so far below the surface of the water that the storm wasn’t even felt by those down below. To sailors, this area is known as the “cushion of the sea.” The ocean had huge waves and high winds on the surface, but the water deep below was very still.

The Christian life should be like that submarine. We should be so close to God, so deep in seeking and knowing Him and His authority, that even the storms of everyday life on earth won’t shake our confidence and trust in Him. We can rest completely in His care and His Kingdom purposes even in the midst of spiritual warfare and the turbulent days we live in.

We are taking ground in heavenly places when we pray, even if we do not see it. 

We must choose to reign with Christ. We must not relax our vigilance.  We are not frantic, nervous and anxious.  No, we are like that submarine. We walk in that supernatural perfect peace and faith that is possible as we abide in Christ (John 15). We are living a life that is not in our own strength. We are depending on God as we stand firmly on His Word, pray fervently, and walk in His authority. Jesus already won the battle at the cross and we are here to enforce it.

We must pray for God’s Kingdom to come to earth. Jesus taught His disciples to pray for the Kingdom in the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. We need to pray His will on earth. We need to bombard heaven for earth’s needed resources. God wants to give us the Kingdom (Luke 12:32). Jesus preached that the Kingdom of heaven was at hand. It was presently available (Matthew 4:17).

Jesus’ success on earth came from living from heaven’s viewpoint. He knew how to live a heavenly life while facing demonic warfare on earth. Perhaps you have heard people say that some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good. But could it not be said that some people are so earthly minded that they are no heavenly good? I believe so. Jesus knew how to function in both spheres at once.

Is it not true that we can function on earth through the power of heaven? Jesus instructed the disciples to preach the Kingdom of heaven and to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons (Matthew 10:7-8). He believed in the release of divine power in response to Kingdom oriented prayer. Proclaiming the Kingdom of heaven should lead to demonstrations of power such as the healing of the sick and casting out demons. We are seeing this to some extent in the world, but we haven’t seen anything in comparison to what God will do in the future. We must believe that this miraculous power is available to us. We must walk in a new level of Kingdom faith.

“In no uncertain terms the apostle Paul describes our limitless wealth in Christ Jesus. Everything we will ever need has already been created for us and is stored in heaven, waiting for us to exercise faith to receive it or activate it for others. If we can but learn to live out of that place, we will consistently access the wealth of heaven.” Robin McMillan

This is our God-given privilege and responsibility. We must be strong in our authority and learn to abide and stand on God’s promises. It takes faith to choose to reign with Christ. We can’t trust in the flesh to accomplish only what the Spirit can do. We must look to Jesus as our example. He knew how to tap into the resources of heaven, and we are seated with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). We must faithfully work with the Lord to bring consistent change to society. God is teaching us to reign. He is teaching us to walk as kings on earth. We must accept this call. We are bringing heaven to earth through our prayers and our lives.

Dear Lord, I choose to reign with You. Help me to wield my authority as I abide in You (John 15:7-8). Help me not to relax my vigilence in prayer but to stand my ground when evil comes (Ephesians 6:10-13). Teach me to fight for Your Kingdom in prayer. I choose to stand on Your promises for my family, neighborhood, city, and nation. Teach me to pray Your Word and focus on You during times of warfare. I choose to worship every day. I want to be like that submarine and rest in Your perfect peace even during warfare. I want to access heaven as I live here on earth. Teach me to walk as a King on earth as I exercise my authority in prayer. Thank You for raising me up and seating me with You in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6). In Jesus’ name, amen.”  

“Having been born of God, we are called to walk as kings on the earth. However, the Bible says that many are called but few are chosen (see Matthew 20:16). If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (see James 4:8). We enter into our inheritance by choosing to accept God’s call. We activate and grow in our authority on the earth through intimacy with God and living our lives filled with the Holy Spirit. By being filled and walking in the conviction of the Holy Spirit, we are bridging heaven and earth and hastening the day of Christ’s return to rule and reign over the earth!” Angie Weaver

 By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

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