As soon as we receive Christ we are born into royalty. As He is a King so are we. We are born into kingship. We are born to rule and to reign with Him.
Romans 5:17 (TLB) – The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to be king over all, but all who will take God’s gift of forgiveness and acquittal are KINGS OF LIFE because of this one man, Jesus Christ.
When the disciples are sinking in their boat because of an enormous storm, they run to Jesus to help them, however, there’s a problem, He’s asleep. Theirs is the deepest felt distress they’ve ever known, yet their Saviour is calmly asleep! How could this be when they’re in such danger? They immediately accuse Him of being uncaring. ‘Do you not care that we are perishing?’ (Mark 4:38) When we interpret God’s attitude towards us through our circumstances, we will always arrive at wrong conclusions. His heart towards us is revealed through the Word of God. This is the only and final authority in every circumstance for the believer to live by. When we fail to rise up in faith, we will arise with accusations against God for not doing what we expected He would. However, He is wanting us to do those things that we are waiting for Him to do.
God sleeps so WE will wake up.
Awake to what? To who we are and what we have. We have lived under ‘wilderness conditions’ for too long. ‘Wilderness conditions’ is where we expect God to do it all, to make water pour from a rock, provide bread and meat from heaven, cover us from heat in the day with a cloud, and warm us with a pillar of fire at night. However, God is unwilling for us to stay in this position – where He does it all. He intends that we’ll begin to rule in life taking charge over our circumstances. We’re the ones meant to be slaying the giants. Not God! He’ll help. He’ll move in our moving. But He’s trying to get you and I to discover the power He’s deposited in us. Sometimes God seems asleep, completely ignoring our prayers. Why? He’s drawing up from within us our birthright, to be ruling in life, kings in the Earth. The degree of our authority reflects the degree of our submission. We have submitted ourselves to Christ, the Ruler of the Universe. We’ve submitted ourselves to the will of God by receiving His Son as our Saviour and Lord. Our purpose now is to implement the will of God through the authority He has deposited within us. Any crisis we face is designed to help us discover that power within us.
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