THE PRIESTLY MINISTRY of the BELIEVER

By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

My heart is open; my mind is alert; my antenna is raised to read God’s Words and to act upon it in Jesus’ Name.
Do you love Jesus? Glory to God! Glory to His precious Name, a name above all Names. At the mention of the His Name, every knee is compelled to bow. The Name of Jesus has power over all things, and over all beings, whether they’re in heaven, on earth, or in hell. That Name is higher than the name of any sickness! As long as that sickness has a name, be it HIV, cancer, pneumonia, tuberculosis—whatever it is, it’s subject to the Name of Jesus.
Today, Christianity has a lot of emphasis on getting from God. What can I get from God? The believers have all kind of needs. Is this the way to relate to God? Who are we in the mind of God? Our needs have gained so much attention. We worship our needs; we have made a god of our needs.
What should the Christian life be like? What is expected from the believer? What is the truth? What is in the mind of God? Every major truth starts in the Book of Genesis and every final truth ends in Revelations. The final truth is Jesus!
When you study the Bible, especially the Old Testament, you will discover that God primarily spoke to kings and prophets. Often times, He spoke to the prophet who took the word to the king. At other times, He gave the king a dream and then sent a prophet to interpret it. He said, “By me kings reign and princes decree justice” (Proverbs 8:15), but there were times some didn’t respond to his Word. Some even invited and served foreign gods. That’s why there were false kings and true kings, just as there were false prophets and true prophets.
Many years later, God sent His Son because He wanted to relate with the new and real kings and priests. He was tired of sending the prophets to the kings all the time. He wanted the kings to hear from Him fresh and direct; He wanted to communicate with them through their spirits. So Jesus made us kings and priest unto God, to reign on earth (Revelations 5:10).
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (6) and hath made us kings and priest unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelations 1:5-6)
Jesus not only washed us from our sins in His own blood, but He has also lifted us up to two very important offices. We have been gifted to operate as BOTH a king and a priest to God.
Jesus Christ has provided for a lot of things, and the Bible usually speaks in terms of the past tense to indicate just what God’s intention is. The Bible says that we were healed (1 Peter 2:24), that we were delivered from the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13), that we are complete (perfect) in Him (Colossians 2:10) and many other amazing things. These statements show what God has provided through the cross, not necessarily what we are enjoying or experiencing. Ignorance and disharmony with God’s plan can rob us of these things individually and collectively.
To function as kings and priest before God it helps to know what these things mean.
Kings don’t beg! We as Christians beg for everything. We beg for healing; we beg for a spouse; we beg for money; we beg for jobs and everything else. Kings don’t beg! A king is someone who exercises authority by his spoken word. He rules over a domain. Jesus Christ is the ruler over the kings of the earth—both natural and spiritual kings (Revelations 1:5). God does not appoint people as kings with unlimited authority to do as they please. When we do as we please, we in fact end up submitting to Satan. We are called as kings to have dominion over the affairs of this world, and root out Satan’s works.
When a king speaks there is power and liberty. Kings decree a thing: I decree peace! I speak peace in my home and at work! I decree victory! I speak peace in the realms of the spirit! Victory is mines! I speak prosperity! Prosperity is mines in the Name of Jesus; I calm the waters in the storm! I walk in boldness! No, no, no, Kings don’t beg!
This is how a king prays: “Father, in the Name of Jesus, I give you praise, praise for the rest you’ve given me, praise for the life of peace and joy you’ve provided, I thank you for my health, for making me a success, I thank you for making me a witness to Jesus Christ, I thank you Father, as You are so am I in this world. I speak health! Money is coming to me now in the Name of Jesus”. Kings don’t beg! No sir, kings don’t beg! He has made us Kings!
Why are many not living the King’s life? We have to be trained in the life of a king. We have to grow into kingship. We have not been trained to operate with authority. God chose to make us kings.
Another reason why many Christians are not living the King’s life is: Galatians 4:1 says “Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differ nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all.” Translated to mean that: a child is too young to eat a steak; spiritually and intellectually immature, and not ready for the privileges and responsibility of kingship. It is not until we begin to learn the Word of God and operate with power will we ever experience the beauty and strength of kingship.
Priests are those who offer sacrifices to God, and seek to bring God and people together. We all have the ministry of reconciliation according to 2 Corinthians 5:18. We all must intercede before God’s throne, offering praise, breaking spiritual bondage and leading men into the New Covenant. Every believer is called to be a soul winner. Every child of God that is blessed should be a spiritual parent. Every child of God is called to walk closely with God.
We’re living in the days when God has fulfilled His dream. He’s sitting at rest in heaven since He has delegated His authority to us, His children. God has called you to reign as a king in this life: “they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17). That’s why He’s refreshing you with His Word today. Furthermore, He’s given you the best Friend that will stick with you forever—the Holy Spirit.
Always remember you are His representative, His ambassador. Therefore, establish your throne by declaring His Word over your life. Prophesy to yourself and your situation. Command those “dry bones” in your life to come alive again. Prophesy to that “Red Sea” in your life and it will part in two for you to go through.
God wants you to move to a level where you are no longer sick trying to be healed or poor trying to be rich. He wants you to come to that place where you don’t know what it is to be sick, a place where you don’t know financial depravity. Put simply, He wants you to come up to a higher level, to your place of inheritance in Christ Jesus where you prosper and all your needs are met. It’s a place of power and authority over the devil and the cohorts of hell. That’s your place; that’s where you belong.
I urge you to come up to your place of glory; come up to the place meant for you. It’s a place of joy, peace, power and success. It’s a place where divinity reigns! That’s where God has called you to be; that’s where you belong. All you need to do is say, “Yes!” and you will see the glory of God manifested in your life in an unusual way. This wisdom, power and grace of God will function in you in ways you never thought possible. Yield yourself to the Word; let it gain root in your spirit, soul and body and you’ll find yourself catapulted unto higher realms of glory by the power of the Holy Spirit.