Of King and Crown

Appointed and Anointed
 

 

How dynamic is your Christianity? Is it emanating with life and touching those around you, or is it boring and lifeless? If it's not full of energy and life, then it's probably religion. The Word says that the Law kills, but the Spirit brings life. God is not boring! He's chosen us to show forth His glory and goodness to the world. 

 

Base scripture: 
Colossians 1:26-27 (The Passion) -- "There is a divine mystery—a secret surprise that has been concealed from the world for generations, but now it’s being revealed, unfolded and manifested for every holy believer to experience. Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory!”


God wants His glory to be seen in the world. Showing forth His glory goes beyond "church life."

  • He’s looking for us to experience the glory; for Him to be evidenced in our lives. He wants us to encounter Him in everyday life -- experientially not just cerebrally.

  • The glory is an expression of His nature and character. Many times our concept of His glory is limited to expressions that we see in church, for example healings and prophecy. However, God’s design was for the manifestation of His glory to be broader. When God liberates us from the shackles of sin that keep our potential and purpose captive, we walk into a demonstration of His glory. When our eyes are opened to kingdom vision, we are introduced to opportunities that walk us into expressions of glory. When I step into effectively ruling and reigning in my world, I give evidence of His glory. Manifesting His glory happens in everyday life, not just within the walls of church.

 

Christ in you, the hope of glory.

  • God has chosen us to make known the mystery of His glory. Not only has He chosen to reveal to you that Christ in you is the hope of glory; He has designed that you walk out this mystery through continually encountering deeper aspects of this mystery. Each revelation that the Holy Spirit opens up to us is an opportunity to step into a fresh dimension of encounter that releases a new aspect of glory into our world.

  • The Greek definition for Christ is “the anointed one." It is the anointing in you that carries with it the hope of glory. To be anointed is to be ordained by God with authority and power for the purpose of acting as His representative. People in the Old Testament were ordained by God to fulfill a specific purpose, or office. They were called as either priests, prophets or kings.

  • Although Jesus performed both a priestly and prophetic role, the overriding biblical imagery of the word “Christ” is that of a king. The accusation against Jesus when He met with Pilot was that He claimed the title of king, not priest or prophet. It was an accusation that Jesus said was true; He was here to usher in the kingdom of God.

  • Jesus was born of the flesh, but it was the nature of God within Him that ordained Him as Jesus the Christ, the King. Jesus said, “I only do the things I see the Father do." He was saying that the power of the office of king was responsible for molding and shaping Him. He lived in response and obedience to what the office required of Him.

  • Jesus was not only ordained for the office of king; when He was baptized by John, He was anointed to be king. It was the anointing that brought with it the power and provided the backing to the authority He was established in. When Jesus was baptized and a voice from the heavens said, "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased," God was voicing His approval and pleasure in a son whose life had been shaped and informed by His obedience to the office of king.

 

When we are born again, we are established in the Body of Christ -- the Body of the Anointed One. 

  • Revelation 5:10 says that God “has made us Kings and Priests to our God and we shall reign on the earth."

  • Being established in the Body of Christ, the Anointed One, is the place where His nature comes and resides in me; it is where I am ordained as a king.

  • It is one thing that the Father loved us and cleansed us from all our sins; it is quite another that we have been made kings. This is a position that we can only accept and walk into by faith. The significance of this reality is both consequential and impactful.

  • The office is to define my identity going forward. It is to inform my thinking, how I see life, my character, thoughts and actions. It defines the roles, responsibilities and authority of the king. The power of the office is going to come into effect and influence, mold and shape me. This is the experiential reality of the revelation that it is no longer I who live but Christ (the Anointed One) who lives in me. If I am to adopt the title of king, I must embrace the higher calling and be obedient to it. This is the hallway to transformation.

  • Your ordination and the anointing are going to unsettle your life because we haven’t been living from the office of king. The requirements of the office are designed to call us up higher; it’s about redefining who we are and the future we are called to walk into. It’s about newness and change; and as people we are not always comfortable in the space of growth.

  • Example: We’re so quick to point out our comfort levels with the ways in which our call is to redefine our behaviors and actions. Yet our comfort levels are not to define us; the office of king does that. We find it hard to imagine ourselves engaging in certain activities or accomplishments. Yet what we imagine is not to define us; the office is to provide vision. We are quick to voice our opinions and thoughts on things. Yet what we think and our opinions are not to define us; the ways and thoughts of the office are to define us.

 

Revelation is the tool that the Holy Spirit uses as He continues to reveal the mystery to us. 

  • Revelation is the ongoing process of introducing us to the reality that we are partakers of His divine nature. Each new insight into the Anointed One within us carries with it the power to shape us into the kingly office we are called to.

 

We are ordained into the Body of Christ when His nature recreates us spiritually; but our anointing comes when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit. Authority rests with the office; power is accessed through the anointing. It is the power that makes us one with the nature within us. If we submit to it, it's the power that will transform us, shifting our paradigm from me who lives to “Christ (Anointed One) who lives in me."

 

 
Of King and Crown: Created in the Image of God
 

The Word says that you're a brand new creation in Christ. Ever wonder what this means? Christ is the image of God. An image is the essence or substance of a being. Therefore, Christ is the essence of God; if you're a new creation in Christ, then you're the essence of God Himself -- you have His life and nature in you! Christ in you is the hope of glory, the hope of God manifesting Himself here in the earth. 

 

Base scripture: 
Colossians 1:26-27 (The Passion) -- "There is a divine mystery—a secret surprise that has been concealed from the world for generations, but now it’s being revealed, unfolded and manifested for every holy believer to experience. Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory!”


You're a new creation in Christ.

  • Christ is the image of God; the essence of His being. The mystery is that the very essence of God, His nature, now constitutes this new creation I have become. The old me has passed away, and I have been created in the image of God – the image of Christ. Discovering the significance and impact of this (of who I am and what my future looks like) is the mystery that is to be unfolded.

  • The Bible calls us the Body of Christ, not the body of Jesus. Jesus was the man who carried within Him the essence of God, the Christ (He was conceived from the Holy Spirit). Jesus was the physical manifestation of the heavenly Christ.

  • As born again Believers, if we were to ask God to acquaint us with Christ, He’d take out a mirror and point it at us. The issue for us is that we have difficulty accepting this because we think Christ is in heaven. Christ is not in heaven - Jesus is in heaven at the right hand of the Father. As a new creation, Christ is living inside of you.

  • Jesus came to reconnect us with Father God. Now we have the opportunity to define ourselves and live from a "new creation" place. This is why Jesus said, "If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father." If you have seen me, you have seen the essence of God.

 

God has chosen you to make known a mystery: Christ in you, the hope of glory.

  • When God looks at you, He doesn’t see you; He sees Christ. He doesn’t see your sin; He sees your righteousness. He doesn’t see a failure; He sees more than an overcomer. He doesn’t see someone sick and feeble; He sees you healed and whole. God sees us through the essence of Himself in us.

  • Our issue: we don’t see ourselves that way. It is in the place of disconnect between God’s truth and our reality that our challenge lies. The mystery that we are to unfold and walk into is Christ in us, our hope of glory. To unravel the mystery and walk in its truth leads us into a life that is characterized by His glory. This suggests that our task is not to get Christ into us, but to get Himout of us.

  • Many people want to be like Jesus, but Father says there is something deeper: He wants us to look like Christ. Jesus came to show us what Christ looks like when He takes on human form.

 

As a new creation in Christ, I am ordained as a representative of God to fulfill the specific functions of a King and Priest. 

  • Revelation 5:10 says that God “has made us Kings and Priests to our God and we shall reign on the earth."

  • He introduces us to the office of king, which opens the door for me to live from the authority of this office. It positions us to rule and reign; to shift atmospheres; to call those things that be not, into being.

 

Being appointed is incomplete without being anointed.

  • All authority had been given Jesus, and He delegated it to his disciples (Matt 28:18). However, He told them to wait in the upper room until they had received the anointing from the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-8). He underscored with them that they needed to be both appointed and anointed.

  • Jesus was appointed, but His ministry only started after John baptized Him and the Holy Spirit anointed Him with power.

  • Being appointed introduces us to authority which defines the scope of our commission; theanointing provides the power to enact it.

 

The anointing carries with it the purpose of making us one with the essence of God (His nature) within us, and introduces us to the glory.

  • The Holy Spirit makes us one with the essence of God’s being, where “it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me."

 

We have a responsibility to understand our new identity as a king.

  • I may not see myself as a king, but God does because He sees me through Christ in me.

  • To embrace this role, I have to launch myself into newness. If I am going to live from a new place, I’m going to have to let go of the old – old thinking, old ideas, old opinions, old perspectives and old emotions.

  • It is an induction to newness, not behavior modification. Religion is man’s answer to God’s appointment and anointing. Religion is about the appearance of royalty: looking like, behaving like and speaking like royalty, when in reality there is no authority or power to it. It is nothing more than superficial ways of behaving.

  • “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." (Prov 23:7) The things that fill our hearts (our beliefs) define the way we live. The Holy Spirit is going to open to us (revelation) the mystery of God’s essence in us.

  • Many Believers have the nature of God in their spirit, but they are not partakers of it; there is nothing of His nature established in their hearts. We must allow the seeds that reveal “His essence in us” to be planted and established in our hearts so we can bear fruit.

  • When we have a title without authority, we are nothing more than a figurehead; we have a responsibility to understand our new identity as a king. The Holy Spirit is going to teach us the constitution of our calling; these are the foundational principles or precedents that govern the office of king – they define authority. If I’m not schooled in the constitution, I will never be established in authority.

 

As a king, your words carry authority; they are very important.

  • Getting His essence established in our hearts is fundamental because “from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” What is established in our hearts will determine what comes out.

  • Each part of the Trinity fulfills a specific role: Father creates the plan; Jesus implements the plan; Holy Spirit energizes the plan.

  • Example: Genesis 1:1-2. In creation, nothing happened without the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit was brooding over creation just waiting to bring forth whatever God the Father said (expression of authority). When God said, “Let there be light,” the power of the Holy Spirit brought that light into being. God the Father conceived it; Jesus spoke it; and the Holy Spirit was the power that performed it. Everything God did in creation was accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit. When God the Father was ready to bring Jesus to earth, He took the spoken word (Jesus), the Holy Spirit brooded over Mary (a virgin), and she conceived Jesus’ physical body.

  • We become “partakers of His divine nature” when we get it established in our hearts. When we speak words from this place, the Holy Spirit is brooding around us and responds to the authority in these words, using His power to introduce influence.

  • God honors His word so vigorously that He won’t allow anyone other than Himself to either inspire it or fulfill it. This is why it is His nature in us that defines our authority and the scope of our commission; and it is His Spirit that broods over us and empowers the words of authority that we speak, ensuring their fulfillment. He is the author and the finisher; He initiates through His authority and completes through His power.

  • Our responsibility is to establish His nature in us and speak from this place. “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

  • What changes us and establishes us in our calling is the power of the Holy Spirit. What fulfills the authority-charged words that proceed from our mouth and introduces us to glory is the power of the Holy Spirit. The way in which we realize the promise of Christ in us, the hope of glory, is through the appointment and the anointing. Zechariah 4:6 (NKJV): “….not by might, nor by power but by my spirit says the Lord.”

 

God has appointed you a king and a priest, and the Holy Spirit empowers you to walk in the authority of your office. You're the gatekeeper of your heart. The degree to which you'll allow Holy Spirit to establish you in the understanding of who you are, is the degree to which you'll walk in His power.

 

 
Anointed to Live the Mystery
  

The Body of Christ is filled with dedicated people - people who pray, people who faithfully read their Bibles, people who seek after God. The challenge is that many times we compare our lives to the Early Church in the Book of Acts, and we feel as if we simply live an ordinary Christian life. For many, there still remains a gulf between where we are and having experiential reality of Christianity. Despite all we do, we still feel a discontentment and unsettling for more. The key to thriving is to create a lifestyle of dependence and faith in God.  

 

Base scriptures: 
Colossians 1:26-27 (The Passion) -- "There is a divine mystery—a secret surprise that has been concealed from the world for generations, but now it’s being revealed, unfolded and manifested for every holy believer to experience. Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory!”

Zechariah 4:6 -- "...not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord."


Father's intention is to take our ordinary Christian lives and turn them upside-down.

  • He invested the Christ - His very own essence - in us. He has an agenda for Christ in us. He wants us to take His essence and turn it into an experiential reality in our lives.

God's ways are not our ways.

  • If you want to step into His agenda for your life, you must put your own understanding on the shelf, and say, "Show me Your ways, Lord."

  • God believes in you so much that He invested destiny in you. His essence (Christ) is in you, and He wants to partner with you. He wants to take the concepts and theology you know and transform them into an experiential reality.

  • God is calling you into something higher because of His spirit, not because of your own might and power.

  • He chose us, so we are stewards of His life in us.

 

God qualifies the called - stop disqualifying yourself.

  • "Christ in you, the hope of glory." The challenge most Christians have is disqualifying themselves. We celebrate scriptures like this and then turn around and consider every reason we can't walk out God's call on our life.

  • Bible examples of imperfect people who God used: Jacob was a cheat; Peter had a bad temper; Jonah ran from God; Paul was a murderer; David had an affair; Thomas was a doubter; Sarah was impatient; Moses had a stutter; Abraham was old; Lazarus was dead.

  • The essence of God in you is what qualifies you for your call. It's not about you - it's about Christ in you.

 

God wants us to develop a preoccupation with process rather than an obssession with outcome.

  • We focus too much on outcomes (prosperity, health, good kids, etc.) but miss the process/journey of getting there.

  • It's in the process we learn to trust God. How you get there is more important because it's about partnering with God and seeing His manifestation in our lives.

  • When we don't trust Him, we rely on our own might and ability. Can I trust Him without me trying to make things happen?

 

The key is developing a lifestyle of trust and dependence on Him.

  • We live in a culture that is very productivity and success-oriented. So we bring that into the Kingdom of God. We try to mke things happen in our own abilities and knowledge.

  • It's very deceptive because it looks very good - we "look" lilke we're "doing" everything right and correctly for a Christian.

  • God says it's not by our might or power but by His spirit. We must learn to depend on Him during the process of life.

  • It's much easier to kill a giant when you've already killed a lion and a bear. When we build a lifestyle of dependence on Him rather than running to Him during a catastrophe, then we build our faith and trust in Him.

 

Successful Christianity is defined by my faithfulness to my call - Christ in me, the hope of glory.

  • The only way we experience the things of God is through our dependence (faith) in Him.

  • "...the just shall live by faith." -- Romans 1:17

 

How hungry are we to pursue and develop our call? We must develop an appetite for God, and renew our minds that He has re-positioned
as kings and priests. We're filled with His essence - Christ in us, the hope of glory!

 

 

Journey Into Destiny
 

Each of us has a divine purpose and destiny, and our hearts desire so strongly to walk in it. The issue is that we must rely on Holy Spirit to position us in His timing to fulfill it in its entirety. When David was ordained by God to be king, he was just a boy and not ready to walk into kingship at that point. But his destiny was marked; he just needed to go through a process of trusting God, even through his own mistakes, in order to fully walk into his true call and destiny. 

 

Base scripture: 
1 Samuel 16:12-14  -- "So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers
; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah. Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord terrorized him."


It's the Holy Spirit's responsibility to position you for your call, not yours.

  • In 1 Samuel, God was going to anoint a new king, and He chose David, the shepherd boy. Shepherding was the lowest of low for jobs, but God chose him despite this. When Samuel declared that David was God's choice for king, it caused David to come face-to-face with his destiny. The problem was that his reality as a shepherd was far away from his destiny.

  • Of himself, David was not in a position to move into kingship; his reality was speaking something quite different. But it was not David's responsibility to put himself in position of king; it was the Holy Spirit's responsibility to begin to move him into position to take the throne.

  • David had to depend on God to position him because if he tried to do it himself, it would be him relying on his own might and power.

 

Destiny is spiritual, not natural.

  • All that happens in the natural realm has roots in the spirit realm.

  • Before we took on flesh, God had our design and destiny planned out.

  • Like David, it is not our job to take ourselves into the destiny God has for us. We're to be dependent on the Holy Spirit to position us. We're to trust in His Spirit, not our own might and power to get us where we're going.

  • If you birth it, you must take responsibility for it. If God births it, He takes responsibility for it.

  • When we move out of a place of trust in God, we move into a place of trusting our own might or power, and we take control of it. Leave it, and allow God to move.

 

Destiny puts us in a place of influence and authority.

  • Vision defines what your future will look like. Without a vision, people perish (Prov 29:18).

  • Guard your heart! "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (Prov 4:23) Protect your heart, and let God direct you.

  • There is a war against truth. Society wants to make truth subjective rather than definitive based on God's Word. When you live outside of Truth, you make yourself vulnerable to the enemy. If the world gets hold of your heart, the world will determine where you're going.

  • Live from vision, not from sight. Your destiny is not your current reality.


God has His purpose and destiny inside each of us. It's the Holy Spirit'sresponsiblity to guard and protect it and to lead us into it. We must also guard our hearts and resist the desire to take matters into our own hands to make it happen. God will make it happen!

 

 

Anointed and Appointed
 

One word from God can change your entire life! A word from Him is the starting point to walking into purpose and destiny. Many times we go through life functionally - we live each day working and doing the daily tasks required, but we have no direction and little sense of purpose. Sometimes we can't escape the limitations of our past, and simply struggle to find meaning. But God's word to us is intended to lift our sights and vision beyond our reality to what He has called and appointed us to. 

 

Base scripture: 
1 Samuel 16:12-14  -- "So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers
; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah. Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul..."


A word from God is intended to overwhelm our reality.

  • God’s word to David was that he would move from shepherd boy to royalty. This probably not only overwhelmed David, but was seemingly impossible given his status as a shepherd boy at the time.

  • God's word to us is meant to overhwelm us. For those whose lives are caught in challenges, His word is that “you’re the head and not the tail”; for those in confusion, His word promises that “you have the mind of Christ’’; for those with financial trials, His word promises that “my God that shall supply all of my needs” and extends to “I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."

 

The anointing follows God's word to us.

  • God told David through Samuel that he would be king. God’s design for David’s life - taking him from a shepherd to royalty - would overwhelm him. This is why Samuel immediately anoints David (“...and the spirit came upon him heavily...”). The anointing was there to bring the word to pass -- “...not by might nor by power but by My Spirit...” would God’s word come into manifestation.

  • The same is true for us. God speaks a word to us about our purpose, and the anointing follows. It's not by our own might and power that we fulfill our purpose, but by His Spirit.

 

God is the author and the finisher of His words.

  • Because God “exalts His word above His name," the only one He will trust to accomplish the word He gave is Himself – “...my word shall not return to me void but shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

  • Some people are looking for the "finisher" without discovering the "author"; they want God to do something in their lives and in their situations – they just don’t know exactly what. But the finisher is there to action what the author has declared; if we have no word from the author then there is nothing for the finisher – the anointing – to action.

  • A word from God is the starting point because that word delivers God’s intention in a situation and engages the anointing. We need a word from God.

 

Sometimes we feel we can't get a word from God because we can't hear Him, but we mustn't confuse communication with speech.

  • The space where our spirit and our soul overlaps is called our heart. God has equipped this with a communications tool called vision. When we hear a word like dog with our natural ears, we don’t think D.O.G. – we get an image of a dog. This image can be colored according to the amount of detail given. We can get a word from God without Him opening His mouth, because God communicates through our spirit to our heart, using promptings, images, and sensing. These, too, deliver images on the blackboard of our heart called vision.

  • We have the responsibility to manage the stimuli that create the vision in our lives. When we live by sight, our vision will be informed by our reality, and we will remain stuck in the status quo. When we read the Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to use this as a springboard for coloring the vision of our heart, we gain God’s perspective and the anointing uses this revealed word to define our future. Faith is a lifestyle lived from the unseen realm called vision.

 

Becoming established in the Word sets us up for appointment.

  • Appointment is where God’s word and the anointing intersect with our reality. The woman with the issue of blood knew that Jesus could heal her, and this word was established in her. When Jesus walked by, she made sure to touch him because she recognized that this was her appointment; this was the moment when her vision and her reality would intersect. At this point, something has got to give; this is where our reality is transformed.

  • It is important that we get both a word from God and know how to partner with the anointing, or we run the risk of missing our appointment. It is only when see our reality through spiritual eyes that we recognize and act on our appointment.

 

The anointing always comes before the appointment because the power of God is what will introduce us to the ways of God.

  • We may be anointed for a level, but not yet appointed to that level. The anointing (Holy Spirit/God) is going to transform us into that which He’s appointed us to be, before we occupy that position. We must wait on God’s transformation.

  • When Samuel the prophet met with Jesse’s sons, the selection criteria for leadership was not based on who would most likely get the appointment, but on who God had anointed for the task. David was anointed to be King but did not immediately ascend to the throne. The anointing prepared, molded, and trained him until he was ready to walk into his appointment. The period between the anointing and appointment is the preparation.

  • An important responsibility of the anointing is to migrate us from being natural people to becoming spiritual - to lead us into maturity. It is a maturing defined by our becoming a supernatural people; people who are spiritual in orientation; who live by the vision of the heart and have developed a dependence on the anointing. Our understanding matures when we have the mind of Christ, and our thoughts mature when we meditate on vision and not sight; on God’s Word and not our reality. God’s Word is intended to expand our reality beyond the limitations of our understanding and abilities, introducing us to the supernatural dimension.

 

It is more important to have the anointing (God’s power, favor and blessing) on your life than having title, status or human authority.

  • David was anointed but not appointed; Saul was appointed but not anointed. Saul had the title of King, but no anointing. David had the anointing, but no title.

  • Any time we engage an appointment without anointing, it always leads to disaster.


The anointing follows God's word. Hearing His words to us always starts with our personal relationship with Him and being in the Word of God. He is the author and finisher of all that He has called us to, and only by us yielding to His power, by His Spirit, will we fulfill our purpose.

 

 

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