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Abrahamic Blessing: Fruitfulness

Blessing of increase and fruitfulness.

Increase and fruitfulness are part of the dominion mandate. Gen 1:28 declares, “And God blessed them. And God said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion.” To conquer a mountain or a jurisdiction one needs the power of numbers. There is no dominion without multiplying and being fruitful. As a pastor I have heard many ministers comfort (or console) themselves saying that it is not about the numbers but the spiritual depth that matters. I disagree. For the marketplace and thought leaders to take a priestly king or kingly priest seriously they need to see fruitfulness and market power. In the battle for influence your market share matters. If you are in the jurisdiction of finance and your economic or financial muscle is small, this limits your influence. Aspire to be a major player in your domain of influence because this multiplies your influence. Imagine how the fruitfulness and increase of the USA gives it enough muscle to be considered the world leader. Never mind the fact that China is slowly overtaking them. Numbers matter for priestly kings. For priestly kings increase and fruitfulness speak of influence and power.

God gives this increase much weight. Listen to His promise to Abraham in Gen 17:1b-2 “I am God Almighty. Walk before me and be blameless. I will make a covenant between me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly.” (WMBBE). God takes this fruitfulness issue seriously. He had to make a covenant with Abraham to multiply him. I call it a covenant of increase and multiplication. Of Jesus, Isaiah declares, “of the increase of His Government, there is no end.”

God further reinforces this in Gen 17:5b-6 by declaring, “for I have made you the father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful and I will make nations of you. Kings will come out of you.” (WMBBE). Not just being fruitful but exceedingly fruitful. In Gen 22:17 he states to Abraham and to his seed. “I will bless you greatly, and I will multiply your offspring greatly like the stars of the heavens and like the sand which is on the seashore.” As part of the Abrahamic blessings of which we are heirs, we have a right to fruitfulness and multiplication.

Do not dream small. Kings think expansively. They think growth of territory. Whatever you do on the mountain of influence, aim for increase and fruitfulness. Abraham was so blessed that even when he was not a king by earthly standards the kings he encountered treated him as royalty. Hebrews 6:13-14 declares this blessing of increase in this way. “For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he could not swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you.”

Didn’t Jesus himself say to us, “You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, He may give it to you”? John 15:16 (WMBBE). We have a covenant of fruitfulness. Jesus’ intention is that the fruit of our labour in the domains of influence be lasting and enduring.

We should pursue making an indelible mark in our spheres of influence for Christ irrespective of who succeeds us. As priestly kings whatever we pursue, can and should be marked by increase and fruitfulness. We should not be comfortable with smallness. For the sake of the Kingdom we need to have an increase mindset. I have stopped having small dreams. Whatever endeavor I am involved in I recognize that I have a covenant mandate to pursue increase and multiplication. When you consider those who currently control the mountains of influence they have this increase mindset. They are fruitful. Even though most of them pursue increase for the wrong reason.

Abrahamic Blessing: Blessing of Land

Land is a primary aspect of the Abrahamic blessing. That is why the natural seed of Abraham values the land (Eretz Israel) so much. Since 1948 they have turned what was once a desert into prime agricultural land. They realize that God gives them land but it is up to them to develop the property. They have a property development mindset that adds value to what initially appears useless. Gen 15:7 declares “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land.”

One day I was struck with the impact of the issue of land. Do you realise that Abraham was promised a son and seed as numerous as the stars when he was very old and incapable of bearing a child, and yet he believed God – no questions asked. Check Gen 15:1-6. In fact when he believed the promise of a child the Bible says, “God accounted it to him as righteousness.” However when God in verse 7 promised him land (real estate), he stumbled. That is when he asked God, “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it (the land)?” Abraham the father of faith could believe for a son and numerous seed BUT could not believe God for land. So he demanded an assurance. In response God initiated the covenant. So the covenant was a guarantee for possession of land. If you doubt me let us read together v18 that explains the purpose of the covenant God initiated with Abraham, “On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land.”

Once I realized how important land is to God, I have advocated for priestly kings to desire and pursue all legitimate means to acquire real estate. It is an undisputable fact that he who controls land controls the economy. Kings are wealthier when they control vast chunks of real estate. Although I cannot explain it biblically I have come to the persuasion that land that belongs to believers is redeemed land while land under the control of unbelievers is open to Satanic abuse including blood sacrifices. I believe that Satan fights land getting into the hands of priestly kings because land that belongs to believers is redeemed and no longer available for ungodly and demonic sacrifices.

Question 4: How am I called to serve?

I am sure that as we deal with these questions, a clarity is emerging in your mind as to your positioning as a priestly king in the mountains of influence.

When you answer of how you are called to serve, you sharpen your area for service. Am I called to write books? Am I called to go on television? Am I called to start businesses? Am I called to finance opportunities? Am I called to just intercede? Am I called to intercede and take action? What exactly am I called to? What is my specific jurisdiction? When you establish that, it helps. I believe that God called me to be part of the end time strategic facilitators of the Kingdom. That places me on the domain of coaching and finance. The particular emphasis is in facilitating for strategic Kingdom agendas. In that case I mostly to serve as a consultant and coach in the mountain f Education. (I am using this domain as an example but remember in a previous posting I alluded to my being active in multiple domains)

Some people because of the nature of their assignment need to have specific geographic locations as offices. You need to know what exactly God is calling you to.  Consider strategic financiers: Some may be funders of church outreaches. Others may be called to fund social causes and take care of the vulnerable. Others will finance government programmes to assert the Church’s influence on politics. Others will finance primarily church programmes.

My pastor, Rev Tom Deuschle narrates an encounter he had with God at a critical point in his ministry. It answered the question of how he is called to serve. The ministry had just started a television ministry that was flourishing. Pastor Tom has a magnetic television presence. Apparently some well meaning investors approached him with a once in a lifetime deal to sponsor him into a television ministry that would take him away from his home church and ministry. This was a great opportunity that would have amplified the reach of his ministry. After prayer, God spoke to him and said, “Your ministry is to Zimbabwe but your message is for the world.” (free  quote). This was a boundary setting jurisdictional question that settled the matter for him. So though he is called for reformational impact to the world, his geographic boundary as a beachhead was set to Harare, Zimbabwe. Of course this can change later as God continues to deploy and redeploy. But at that stage the word from God set the boundaries of his jurisdiction.

Consider yourself now: How exactly are you called to serve if your calling is in business? Start a business. Serve in a business. Consult for businesses. Finance businesses. Market a business. After following through this can you locate the how to your jurisdiction?

Jurisdictional Boundaries for Your Assignment

The exercise of every king’s authority is limited by the boundaries of his jurisdiction. As a priestly king you can only exercise your regal authority within certain boundaries that are prescribed by your life assignment and purpose.

Paul speaks to this in 2 Cor 10:13-15. “But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God has distributed to us, a measure to reach even to you. For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not to you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men’s labours…”

There are boundary lines that govern the scope of operation of every ministry gift. Paul speaks here of a definite region within which he had the right to operate legitimately. It is his jurisdiction. Can I propose that there are jurisdictional borders that govern your assignment? There are boundaries or limits that God assigns to your domain of influence and field of assignment. I am fully persuaded that God not only calls people to the ministry, but also specifies boundary lines that define their callings.  I have seen ministers or business people leave places where they were thriving and then go elsewhere and bomb out. God expects us to stay within the boundaries of our assignments and get the job done!

The measuring line that defines the jurisdiction of a priestly king’s activity is the commission God has given. The boundaries of your jurisdiction are determined by what God has called you to do. Your authority never goes beyond the boundaries of your God-given commission. Our sphere of influence is determined by the limits God has assigned to us. It is vitally important for priestly kings to know that they have a jurisdiction and to know what their jurisdiction is.

In the next few daily posts, we will consider a question a day that may help you zoom into an understanding of the boundaries of your calling and purpose.

Discipled by a Wrong Worldview

I have often been perplexed to see a Christian businessman who loves God with all his heart, act in his business in very unchristian ways. Sure he proclaims that his business is a Christian business but in ethos, value, and way of acting the business is very unchristian. I have heard of Christian businesses which bribe to get their way, which demand prompt payment from debtors but delay paying their debtors so that they use their credit management system as a way of funding their business even if they have capacity to pay their creditors in time. In some cases this has happened even when they were aware that the small creditor would collapse if the big company did not pay timeously. What happened to Jesus’ words on the Golden Rule? What happened to the challenge by Scripture to avoid use of unbalanced scales in business? What has been more concerning was that because the business was run exactly like the one for non-Christians, the unbelievers have no respect for believing businesspeople.

After much soul searching I believe I have found the answer. I finally concluded that although the kingdom citizen is born again in his heart, his mind and business philosophies are not born again (read renewed) from the vain philosophies of this world. Remember we are a spirit that has a soul and lives in a body. Our spirit can be born again while our soul and body are not. These have to be conformed to the dictates of the Word of God and the Spirit of God in order to be transformed, otherwise they lag behind. We each possess a mindset, paradigm or worldview that shapes our choices and how we live. Put differently while this believer is born again, the way he does business or lives his life is determined by a worldview that is contrary to the Bible. In other words the believer is not discipled by a different worldview. That worldview determines how they run their lives and their business.

According to scholar Samuel Huntington, “In the back of our minds are hidden assumptions…that determine how we perceive reality, what facts we look at, and how we judge their importance and merits[i].” This I believe is the heart of the matter. It is the belief system that shapes our values and actions.

As a kingly priests or priestly king you need to be intentional in reviewing your life to establish which worldview has discipled or is discipling you!


Priestly Kings and Kingly Priests

1 Peter 2:4,5 says “Come to Him as the living stone rejected by men but chosen by God and you also as living stones are build up as a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifice acceptable to God through our High Priest Jesus Christ.” Look closely at verse 5. It says “you also”. In the English language if you add the word “also” it means you are following after someone. It says you also are a royal priesthood. Also like whom? Like Jesus Christ whom you are coming to. We are a royal priesthood that serves God through our High Priest, even Jesus Christ. We are kings and priests. We got the revelation of the holy priesthood offering sacrifices to God and are doing well in the tabernacle of Moses. But we lost sight of 1 Peter 2:9 which says “but you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation his own special people.” We are not only a holy priesthood BUT a kingdom of priests. Kings who are priests! This has to be at a new tabernacle since Moses’ Tabernacle had no provision for priest to be kings.

God calls us a kingdom of priests. We are kings and priests. Jesus Christ, the high priest of our profession, is a king and priest. Melchizedek is both king and a priest. The redeemed are both kings and priests. We have focused on our priestly function but lost our kingly function.

A kingdom of priests. A royal priesthood. Clearly we are not either priests or kings. It is not an either/or proposition. It is both. We are both kings and priests at the same time. I would prefer to use a new terminology that will capture this concept better. If we use the term “kings and priests,” although it is biblical, it can be confused as meaning either kings or priests. So let’s refer to these as “priestly kings” or “kingly priests.” These two terms are basically the same. I however use them distinctly simply to capture the fact that although each person is both a king and priest, often one of the functions dominates. If you are predominantly a pulpit minister you still have to exercise some kingly authority so we call you a “kingly priest. On the other hand if your primary calling is outside the pulpit then you are a “priestly king”.

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