Have you ever really looked at the earth? The sunrise or sunset or the stars up in the sky? Have you ever really looked at how marvelous things are put together and put in place? How each leaf hangs just so on a tree? And petals of a rose are intricately laid together? When holding a new born, did the miraculous beauty of the tiny little fingers and toes just baffle you beyond words? I often marvel at the size and intricate details of a hummingbird as I am fascinated by how God could make such tiny feet for them.
David marveled at these things too and eloquently expressed his heart to God in a reverential awestruck fear of the Lord…perhaps it is why so many of us are drawn to the Psalms, because they are of such beautiful poetry!
Even in his distresses and self-pity at times, he always reminded himself of how good GOD our Heavenly Father really is and what an amazing creation we are and how HE has placed us in the midst of the beauty of this earth to rule over it! Thankfulness just exuded from David when he “remembered” just how good God is!
To the Chief Musician; set to a Philistine lute, or [possibly] to a particular Hittite tune. A Psalm of David.
“1 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory on [or above] the heavens. 2 Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants You have established strength because of Your foes, that You might silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established, 4 What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? 5 Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet: 7 All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth!”
When I clicked on images of royalty funny, I expected to see crowns and such but instead…pictures of the beauty of earth, sky, seas, majestic animals and glorious birds large and small, children laughing and parents with their children playing and then it hit me…THIS IS royalty!
Those who are born again in the family of Yah by Jesus …this is the Royal Priesthood…over the earth that GOD has given to man like David said in Psalms 8:6 and in Psalms 115:16 “16 The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth has He given to the children of men”.
As a Daughter or Son of the King of kings, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ THE King~ we have been given authority and power in order to rule and reign. We have been commissioned to do what Jesus did with power, love and sound mind. As a Royal Priesthood and Holy Nation we are declare and decree things that pertain to the will of our Heavenly Father to be on earth like it is in Heaven from which we are currently seated WITH Christ Jesus with all powers, principalities and wicked ruling spirits under out feet!
See, having been “RE-BORN” we now have BEEN born into privilege and with it comes specific obligations…to do what JESUS did the way HE DID it! Not that every situation and circumstance will be identical like a cookie cutter but by the ways and purposes of Heavenly Father.
When you live in the palace and belong there, no one has to tell you who you are and how you are to operate because you are raised up in that atmosphere. In the Kingdom of Heaven we have been given HOLY SPIRIT because we are on earth! We too are brought up and taught everything JESUS said because it is a fulfillment of everything Heavenly Father said.
HE knew and KNOWS the heart of our Heavenly Father because His thoughts and ways are higher than ours! YET…the invitation is extended to “come up” so we can be shown His great and mighty things!
VERSES to look up about who you ARE and WHO WE are in Christ Jesus!
Romans 8:13,37; Colossians 1:12; Matthew 5:14; I Peter 2:9-10; John 1:12; Romans 8:14-16; II Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 2:19; Galatians 4:6-7; Philippians 3:20; Ephesians 2:6; Ephesians 1:5
I Corinthians 5:17,16:19; Galatians 3:9; Romans 1:7; I Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; Deuteronomy 28:13; Colossians 3:12; Romans 8:13.
We cannot go through these verses without some measure of being awestruck that the plan of our Heavenly Father not only included us, but HIS intention was to “take us back” and adopt us back into HIS family!
From what I understand…in Jewish culture to adopt a son or daughter is actually more binding than a natural one!
THIS is a big deal!
Declarations and decrees are part of the “specific obligations” because it comes with the “turf” so to speak! Question is, what are you doing with the territory you have been placed in? Is your territory a family? Neighborhood? Work? School? City? State or Nation/Nations? Luke 10:19 Jesus TELLS us HE has given us all authority AND power over the enemy…
“19 Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you.”
Also go back and look at what David said as well in Psalms 8:6.
IN fact go back to Genesis where GOD gave mankind authority over all things!
They had power over the enemy but gave that away when they succumb TO him by deception and acted in disobedience! THAT beloved is how YOU and I lose our authority….when WE give it away!
The enemy ONLY has power over you …if YOU…give it to him! THIS ONLY APPLIES TO BORN AGAIN HOLY SPIRIT FILLED BELIEVERS!!!
IF you are born again ….really born again in Christ Jesus then you have been sealed by Holy Spirit but you need to ASK to be filled WITH Holy Spirit as well! HE is always with you as a believer but to walk IN power you need HIM operating inside you as well! This is far more entailed than I am going to get into in this message today.
Back to declaring and decreeing… listen to this:
“7 I will declare the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, You are My Son; this day [I declare] I have begotten You.”
David was declaring but actually talking about JESUS…even so, the point is Jesus being the Word is declaring that decree when HE states I AM in any of the scriptures beloved! What we fail to recognize is that declarations that are declared coming from the WILL of Heavenly Father and His WORD (Jesus) are just that!
Out of the mouth is life and death remember? Proverbs 18:20-21 (please read that). So, when we “speak” it which is declare it…life is given TO it to be accomplished!
Look at Job 22:28
“28 You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God’s favor] shall shine upon your ways.”
YOU need to read 23-30 to see the need to remain holy before God meaning? Keep our souls “hand” clean before God! Having repentant hearts means we continually choose to walk in the ways of GOD being led BY Holy Spirit and when we do this…even people who are not “clean” can be saved!
There is much I can go into here as well about that because JESUS made mention of it as well but for now…we will stick to learning about being Royal!
When GOD gives us a “territory” as our “inheritance” much like He said about JESUS giving HIM the nations (that is all people groups as well as countries beloved)…we must steward them well.
Just because we are Royal and are joint heirs WITH Christ Jesus doesn’t mean we get to decide what WE want…we have to have the heart of our Father by knowing Him through JESUS! Holy Spirit WILL tell and teach us all things if we just believe and listen then DO!
This is really not “optional”…as Christians each of us are given a certain amount of territory to see Heavenly Kingdom takeover! Remember….ON earth as it IS in Heaven beloved!
I like how Pastor Bill Johnson puts it: “we rule with the heart of a servant and serve with the heart of the King”
Basically…ruling, as he says, is to protect and reigning, is to empower!
Protecting and empowering others! It takes a Royal Priesthood mentality to DO these things and it is why it is critical to KNOW our Heavenly Father so we KNOW how we are to function!
I spent time demonstrating declaring decrees in our class and Lord willing will do so on either a podcast or video.
Until then…please take time out to read and really meditate upon this message and READ and meditate the scriptures asking Holy Spirit to bring revelation with understanding into YOUR heart so that YOU are changed and transformed MORE into His (Jesus) likeness!
Much love and many blessings,