Kingdom Authority Comes Not Easily
By grace you are saved, yet Kingdom Authority must be earned. Now if you understand what I am saying, you don’t need this message. But if you are one of the many who are working to earn God’s love rather than working to gain higher Holy Spirit anointing toward Kingdom services, you need to read this.
Earn Kingdom Authority And You Will Reap Deeper Joy From The Unearned Love of God
For many years, I labored beneath the whips and chains of chaotic spiritual leadership wherein men hide behind a cloak of “holy spirit” smoke and mirrors. And yes, I left off the caps on purpose. “Smoke and mirror” works have no place in Holy Spirit anointing. If the power is truly of God, the spiritual manifestation needs not that some man “jack-it-up” to excite the crowd.
“Smoke and mirror” religion involves talking it up, exciting the people, and making believe that God is at work in a dying or a false church assembly. Legalism rules the day even as spiritual leadership without Kingdom Authority passes off chaos as though it is “holy spirit” interruption of ordered services. The “smoke and mirror” message implies that you must earn the love of God through abandoned praise supplemented with words of self-debasement and a heaping big steam shovel of weekly whining and crying.
And the chaos is always accompanied by a sense of “legalistic demand” on worship that fits into the standards of the self-absorbed spiritual leadership.
It’s a shock-based religion, an emotional outpouring much akin to shaking a corked coke bottle and then letting it spew. For a time, church members weep and cry, dance and shout, and evoke great self-centered testimonies. And the altars are filled with the same people who just a few days earlier expressed at great and powerful “holy spirit” healing of their sickness, troubles and heartaches.
Yet, after the day settles, the people are emptier than when the day began. No one has earned a greater love from God. No effectual Holy Spirit anointing has been manifested. And everyone seems blinded to the fact that authority is earned but the love of God is a gift rather than a prize. They have forgotten or inaccurately learned the simple Scripture that proclaims:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16 (KJV).
Working For Kingdom Authority
“Smoke and mirror” services tend to ignore grounded bible study. The focus revolves around a temporary exciting of the flesh. They offer the incense of praise yet the burnt offerings do not reflect a spirit of commitment to change and growth. More often than not, every service is an evangelical service with milk for babes and chaos for all. And God’s people grow weak with hunger for solid foods. Thus says the Lord:
“What do I care about incense from Sheba or sweet calamus from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable; your sacrifices do not please me,” Jeremiah 6:20 (NIV).
Outreach programs within such a church body are limited and seldom endure. In this group of spiritual leaders, discipleship training falls to the dust. The cry for in-depth bible study that leads to effectual Holy Spirit anointing remains unheard. Indeed, those who press for maturity are condemned and rejected. The message never goes beyond the fundamentals of Christian teachings. Yet the Holy Spirit says:
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment,” Hebrews 6: (KJV).
In an immature church, everyone labors to earn the love of God, and they have no concept of with it means to earn kingdom work. Thus they never reap the deeper joy of abiding daily in the unearned love of God. Such a church assembly eventually implodes upon itself, and the spiritual leadership heals “the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace,” Jeremiah 6:14 (NAS).
We strive to earn a love that is given freely yet we leave the weightier matters of study, discipleship, and maturity undone. Do you not know; Do you not understand why the LORD says:
“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls,” Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV).
In the book of Matthew, Jesus said, “learn of me.” Yet “smoke and mirror” services foolishly exchange chaos for the power of in-depth bible study and teaching. Learning the path to practical Christian living requires that men set aside the pride of counting themselves Holy Spirit taught. It means submitting to learned authority, and it means dedication to the fullness of bible balance. The more you know about the Word of God, the greater is your assurance that God’s love is free even as God’s grace is free. Stop working to be loved and rather labor to be used.
A Tough Lesson On Holy Spirit Anointing
This lesson I teach may seem complex, even works-based. But consider this: In 2 Timothy 2:15 the Holy Spirit working through the pen of the apostle Paul commanded that men study to earn God’s approval for Kingdom work and Kingdom Authority. Now you may say what about the anointing or what of the calling of God upon my life, and I say unto you: all are called into a “royal priesthood” but that cancels not the need for Christian maturity and for devotion to the core of Scripture. But some of you may say, well Scripture says that the apostles were “unlearned” men, and I say unto you that the greatest teacher of all taught them. Or you may say that you are as a prophet of old and that the Holy Spirit reveals all revelation directly to you, and I say to you then why are you not adding to the Scriptures?
Perhaps you say that you always do exactly what the Holy Spirit says, and in this you claim great Kingdom Authority. I say that you lie and deceive yourself. Remember this, my friend:
“My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body,” James 3:1 (KJV).
I close with the words of Dr. Alistair Petrie: “As Christians, we have all been given a measure of authority in the Kingdom of God, specifically over the gates of hell and the expanding of our territory. But earned authority, which is an exponentially greater degree, is gained through unwavering obedience to accomplish what Christ has called you to do.”
Your salvation is by grace through faith, and freely given by our Lord and Savior. But your position in Kingdom work must be earned, even if not at the hands of men. In a recent message, Jesse Duplantis said that he did not wait for anyone to ask him to preach, but rather he just started preaching. Don’t confuse this with a man carrying out an unstudied ministry. Although sometimes coming from right field, Mr. Duplantis clearly knows the word of God through study that makes him “approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed.”
Promotion within local church assemblies is typically based upon faithful services and obedience to God. In “smoke and mirror” churches, promotion is characteristically passed to those who adopt the techniques of the existing spiritual leadership – even when those techniques are based upon pride and falsified “holy spirit” manifestation. And sometimes, those who speak with Holy Spirit Authority most honestly are rejected. But know this: Although God delay judgment, earned Kingdom Authority is always eventually honored and proven real.
None of this excludes God’s sovereign choosing. However, stewardship of Holy Spirit power demands dedication, faithful service and Christian maturity. Are you working for Kingdom Authority? If not, consider the following Scripture:
“But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth,”’ Matthew 25: 26-30 (ESV).
We have been entrusted with certain things, and faithfulness requires that we manage those things wisely and unselfishly. Without full knowledge, we cannot manifest Holy Spirit anointing and Holy Spirit wisdom. Commitment to study earns greater Kingdom Authority.