Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Who is Your King

The view that the Bible gives of man is that every one of us is intended to be a king over a kingdom. The whole purpose of the Lord Jesus coming into our lives, which is the theme of the Bible, is that we might learn how to reign over the Kingdom of our lives in God-given authority and victory. It is this that makes human life full and complete and fascinating when we learn to walk in God’s power. One of the overworked phrases constantly talked about in Christian circles is “the victorious Christian life.” Unfortunately that has been abused, distorted, twisted, and perverted so many times that it has lost much of its meaning for us.

But if you take it in the freshness of it’s original intention, that is exactly what God has in mind for you—to learn how to walk in victory as a king over the kingdom of your life and so find its intended fulfillment. God called aside the nation of Israel; He marked it out as His own people. He made, in a sense, a stage of the land of Israel. He bid the whole world to look upon that nation. What went on in that land is a portrayal of what is going on throughout the whole course of human history, and individually going on in each of our lives. If we see the Bible like this, it takes on a tremendously intense meaning and purpose in our lives.

For instance, in the Book of 1 Kings we see the secret of success in reigning over the kingdom of your life. It is the secret of learning to be submissive to the authority and dominion of God in your own life. In other words, man can never exercise dominion over his life unless he first subjects himself to the dominion of God. If you yield to God’s dominion, you are given reign over the areas in your own life. On the other hand, if you refuse the dominion of God in your own life, you cannot under any circumstances or by any means fulfill your desire to be in authority over your life. It is impossible! That is why the spotlight is on the throne! It is the king that is the important one – for as the King goes, so goes the nation. In your life your will is king. What your will allows to enter in to control your life determines how the kingdom of your life goes. Authority must come by the gift and hand of God. We cannot reign except as we are established by God. When we give ourselves to the authority of God, it becomes His responsibility to bring every circumstance and every enemy and every rebellion that would otherwise threaten our reign, under control. Who is your King? “And as for you, my Lord, O King, the eyes of all Israel are on you, that you should tell them who will sit on the throne of my Lord, the King after him.”1 Kings 1:20