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Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Morning by Morning, April 9 - "Kings and Priests"
Good morning, Lord Jesus. You are the King of kings and Lord of lords. Be King and Lord of my life today. ...
"And they sang a new song, saying: 'You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your Blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth' " (Revelation 5:9-10, NKJ).
By the Blood of the Lamb, You have forgiven us and saved us and redeemed us. By the Blood of the Lamb, You have also called us and established us to be Your "kings and priests" on the earth - in submission to Your will, in the abiding communion of Your Presence, and in the power of Your Holy Spirit. Help us know our identity and fulfill our destiny, as the Body of Christ on this earth, more and more every day.
We need to grow in our understanding of our identity as Your kings. In every area of our own lives and in every domain of authority You've entrusted to us, we have both authority and responsibility to see the kingdoms of the world become the kingdom of our God and Christ, as Your will and Your word is released through our lives, changing the spiritual atmosphere around us. "The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's; but the earth He has given to the children of men" (Psalm 115:16).
We need to grow in our understanding of our identity as Your priests. We minister to You, we worship and honor You, we offer ourselves to You as "a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God" (Romans 12:1). We are "a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 2:5). And at the same time, we also minister to Your people in the specific spheres of influence where You've strategically positioned us through the unique diversity of gifts You've given each of us. "As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God ... that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and dominion forever and ever" (1 Peter 4:10-11).
Together as one in the Father, one in Christ, one in the Holy Spirit, we are "a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own special people, that (we) may proclaim the praises of Him who called (us) out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9). As best as we can and all by Your grace, let us understand and fulfill all You've created and called us to be in this intimate bond of love in You. "To Him who loves 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" (Revelation 1:5-6). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My Friend, may you grow in your understanding and walk in your identity authority as a king and priest of our God more and more every day. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
I heard a powerful prophetic word on this topic of being God's kings and priests last night from Cheryl Ann Needham at a home gathering. The Lord is still stirring the importance of this message in my heart this morning and I pray He will stir it up in your heart as well.
We'll be continuing our six week Level 2 Rapha God Ministries School of Ministry for Sozo Inner Healing Prayer Ministry being hosted at Oak Hills Church on Thursday Nights. We have over 65 students and 15 of our leaders to equip and train more teams for prayer ministry! Please keep us in prayer and make plans to come on join us in the future as you are able. DVD's and CD's are available from past Messiah Ministries Schools of Ministry Level 1 Level 2 along with other resources for balanced, Biblical teaching and equipping on Healing, Deliverance, and Prayer along with my book, Free to Be Like Jesus -- Transforming Power of Healing & Deliverance (www.messiah-ministries.org/resources).