The following was taught and prayed through during our 6 a.m. prayer time with Terry Nyenhuis
1 Tim 2:1-4
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Excerpt from a teaching by Charles Nieman on
Kings and Priests
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”
Kings and Priests are together for the good of the Kingdom
We live at 2 levels at once – our personal lives and our corporate church life
In our personal lives we function as both kings and priests – In our Church life we are one or the other
Priests are in full time ministry -their primary responsibility is to provide VISION – to keep the people running in lanes
Everyone else is a king – they provide PROVISION for the vision
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
- God deposited in the human race dominion and rule (right and power to govern and control).
- The market place is war – Kings “go to war” to be providers for the Kingdom
- Priests hear the direction and timing of God concerning harvest before others do
- Kings will hear that direction and timing of God for the harvest coming from the Priest then act on it
- Vision keeps provision from getting flakey
- Vision is progressive, always changing
- When Kings are underdeveloped – Provision is missing
- Priests start talking more about provision than vision
- Today’s churches are full of frustrated kings listening to frustrated priests when they have to talk about money all the time
- They do because provision is lacking
- When kings are providing there is no lack for the vision of God
- Kings have to be in relationship with a Priest of God that they trust in order to prosper like God wants them to
If they are not, Kings become flakey (odd, unconventional, off beat, unreliable, absent minded, flighty, fickle)
We are praying that the Priests and Kings would recognize their places and run with it to advance the Kingdom.