The Truth About Your Spiritual Authority (Kingdom Birthright)

Young Joash was born to be King of Judah. But for six years he was hidden in the temple while an evil usurper—Queen Athaliah—reigned in his place. (2 Kings 11)

Joash had the birthright of Kingship—but that birthright had not been revealed. He was yet to pick up his crown.

This is a prophetic picture for us, the church today. Joash occupied the temple, the place of worship. But he did not occupy the palace—the place from which he was to rule and reign.

I believe the Spirit is saying,

‘It’s time to discover your birthright—your royal identity. It’s time to both worship and rule. It’s time to pick up your crown!’


You have a Royal Identity

‘For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.’ (Rom 5:17, NKJV)

Through the cross, Jesus won back for us our relationship with God, our place in His family, and our birthright—our royal identity.

  • Jesus is the firstborn Son (Heb 1:6, Col 1:18)
  • We are co-heirs with Him (Rom 8:17)

The writer to the Hebrews speaks of ‘the Church of the firstborn’:
‘But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.’ (Hebrews 12:22-24, NIV)

The Greek tense of the words translated, ‘you have come’, proserchomai, Strongs G4334, is the past perfect tense. [1] The Scripture does not say, ‘you will eventually come.’ All of this relates to what Jesus has already accomplished. It is our current status. [3]

  • Jointly with Jesus, we have heavenly citizenship and firstborn status
  • We don’t have independent authority—we don’t exercise authority in our own name, but in the Name of Jesus, who has all authority (Matt 28:18). We have authority by being under His authority (Matt 8:9)

What does the Birthright Consist of?

In the Old Testament, a father passed on two things to his sons: his priestly blessing, and his birthright. We see the importance of these highlighted in the story of Jacob and Esau (Gen 25-27). [1]

The birthright passed on to the firstborn son and it consisted of:

  • The Estate (in particular, any lands)
  • Inheritance (the ‘double portion’)
  • The priestly role in the family (he could bless the next generation)
  • Any legal (judicial) authority held by the father [2]

Each one of these is significant, and it is the last—the passing of judicial authority—that I believe the Holy Spirit is highlighting right now.

One example of the ‘passing of judicial authority’ was that in the Old Testament, the firstborn son of the reigning king was the next in line to take the throne.


Honor Your Birthright!

It is written of Esau in the Old Testament, ‘he despised his birthright’ (Gen 25:34). He treated it as something cheap—something he could sell and discard.

  • Hear the cry of the Spirit, ‘Don’t neglect your birthright!’
  • ‘Don’t neglect what Jesus paid for!’

You are born again with a birthright. You are royal by birth!

It is not earned. You do not have to do anything to deserve it.


The Kingdom of God is not like an Earthly Royal Family.

In an earthly royal family, there is one reigning monarch who has all the responsibility. The sons and daughters enjoy the privilege and favor of royalty, without a responsibility to rule.

However, in this royal family, we have authority in Jesus’ Name. We have a responsibility to exercise His rule and reign on earth (Psalm 115:16, Matt 6:10).

If we are to be in the ‘family business’ (Luke 2:49) that means we must both serve and reign with Christ.

This is what intimacy looks like for our God: sons and daughters who will not only be with Him, but rule with Him. We honor our Father as we bear His likeness.

How can you tell you are exercising your royal birthright?You are disturbing the status quo.

It’s time to pick up your crown.


Notes:

[1] See_https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/heb/12/22/t_conc_1145022
‘The perfect tense in Greek corresponds to the perfect tense in English, and describes an action which is viewed as having been completed in the past, once and for all, not needing to be repeated.’

[2] I share about the blessing here: 4 Life-Changing Truths About God’s Blessing

[3] See_http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/birthright/

[4] You can find my sermon ‘Pick Up Your Crown and Unleash Your Greatness’ on the Enliven Blog podcast page here: http://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/podcast/


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In the David McCracken Ministries family

How to Make a Prophetic Decree

A prophetic decree is a declaration that has the weight of Kingdom authority behind it. [1] ‘Prophetic’ means that it is made in accordance with God’s will. The Holy Spirit has made known Father’s intention and you are speaking out what He has revealed to you in the form of a proclamation.

The Bible says that what we speak is powerful—Proverbs tells us, ‘Life and death are in the power of the tongue.’ (Prov 18:21)

Armed with insights you have received in your relationship with God, you can make life-giving declarations that release resources and unlock supernatural breakthrough.


7 Steps to Making a Prophetic Decree

1. Step into Your Royal Status

‘For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters… And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.’ (Rom 8:29-30, NLT)

A decree is a royal command, so the starting point for making a prophetic decree is to recognize you are a son or daughter of the King of Kings. In order to make a faith-filled declaration, you need to know who you are and Whose you are.

If this is something you still find difficult, take the step of faith to begin speaking and acting as royalty, regardless of how you feel. Meditate upon what God’s Word says about you. As you do so, old mindsets and doubts will fall away, for you are child of God and royalty is in your spiritual DNA.


2. Discover Father’s Intention

Jesus taught His disciples to make this declaration in prayer: ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matt 6:10) or as the phrasing is put in the original Greek, ‘Come, Your Kingdom, be done Your will!’

We can only pray such prophetic prayers as we have listened for what our Father is saying. This comes from our intimate relationship with God and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

Once you have comprehended what is on God’s heart and mind, you have authority to make a prophetic decree: you can declare those things into being, in Jesus’ Name.


3. Align Your Insight with Scripture

Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens’ (Psalm 119:89, NIV)

As Jesus demonstrated, the words ‘it is written’ can be the most powerful, authoritative and life-giving words we speak. (Luke 4:4) God’s Word has authority and when you wrap your insight concerning God’s intention with Scripture, your prophetic decree can be even more powerful.


4. Realize Prophetic Decree Comes from Your Position, not a Formula

 ‘And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.’ (Eph 2:6, NIV)

‘Seated in Heavenly places’ refers to spiritual authority and the throne of God.

Making a prophetic decree is not about getting the words right or using a formula. It comes from knowing your standing, encountering God in relationship—and speaking from that.

So it doesn’t matter if you use the words decree, declare, or make a command. The words God used to create the earth, the heavens and the stars—the most powerful words in the universe—were simply ‘let there be’ (Gen 1).  The authority is not in the wording—the authority is in your position, being seated in Heavenly places in Christ. (see also Col 3:1-3)


5. Use Jesus’ Name

‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ (Matt 28:18, NIV)

We do not exercise Kingdom authority in our own name, but in Jesus’ Name. All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus and He commissions us with His delegated authority. We are His co-heirs and His representatives on earth, speaking a ‘now’ word of Father’s intention. So when you make your prophetic decree, do so in Jesus’ Name.


6. See with the Eye of Faith

‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.’ (Heb 11:1,3)

As you speak your prophetic decree, see what you are declaring taking place with the eye of faith. Know that at the words of your mouth Kingdom resources are being released and earthly circumstances are coming into alignment.


7. Make Your Declaration

‘You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.’ (Job 22:28, NASB)

When you have prophetic insight concerning a situation, you can partner with God to release His purposes. So go ahead, make that Heavenly declaration, your prophetic decree in Jesus’ Name and watch breakthrough take place.

‘For the Son of God, Jesus Christ… was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.’ (2 Cor 1:19-20)


Notes:

[1] A decree is defined today as ‘an official order that has the force of law.’ For more information and a Bible study on decree, see ‘The Power of Your Prophetic Decree’


Related Posts:

How to Use Scripture as a Prophetic Declaration

The Prophetic Power of Spoken Blessing

The Power of Your Prophetic Decree


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From Failure to Graduation: The Prophetic Calling

When I look back at the journey of my prophetic calling, there is one thing that stands out:

The times I have grown the most—the life-defining moments that have taken me to greater levels—have been mistakes and failures!

And interestingly, the failures that were the most painful, the ones I learned the most through, weren’t acts of wilful disobedience. They were decisions and actions that I made with good intentions, but because I lacked wisdom, had a character weakness, or had a gap in my understanding, I failed.

There are some graduations that our Father has for us, that can only be achieved through mistakes and failure.

And He will actually allow us to make mistakes—even engineer circumstances that may lead to our failure—because He has the bigger picture in mind. This is especially true of those who have a prophetic calling.


God can Turn Your Failure into an Upgrade

Peter is an example of someone who meant well, who loved Jesus, but he had a character weakness. His intentions were good, but he was prideful and trusted in his own strength. And Jesus allowed circumstances to expose his weakness. Remember He said to Peter:

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32, NIV)

Jesus knew there was a demonic assignment against Peter; He knew failure was up ahead! And yet He allowed it to run its course.

Peter’s failure—and the restoration that came afterwards—marked a significant graduation in Peter’s life and ministry. Not only was he humbled and empowered, but God used him to help birth the church and transform nations.

It is our Father’s grace and kindness towards us, leading us towards repentance.

Our Father is seeing something that we don’t; a glorious vision of who He has called and created us to be.

God is molding and shaping us until we are formed into His likeness. As Isaiah wrote: ‘O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.’ (Is 64:8)

Some of the reasons God allows us to fail and make mistakes is because:

  • We may have a blind spot or a character weakness—and God’s purpose in exposing it is to turn it to our greatest strength
  • We lack wisdom—and failure is the fast-track to gaining that wisdom
  • We are depending on our own strength or on something or someone other than God. Our Father is allowing circumstances to reveal the weakness of what we are leaning on in order that our life, work and ministry can be founded upon Jesus

7 Keys to Turning Your Failures into Favor

Today perhaps you can relate to this as you have regret about a mistake or a failure. But there is good news. You can cooperate with God to turn your failure into favor and a future that brings Him glory.

1. Own your mistakes—don’t give in to the temptation to shift the blame onto other people or circumstances outside of your control
2. Take time for restoration, and make whatever restitution is needed
3. Accept God’s forgiveness (and forgive yourself)
4. Learn and gain wisdom from the failure
5. Step into the upgrade your Father has for you
6. Release regret. Refuse to allow it!
7. From now on, see that failure as a marker of God’s graduation in your life


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Small Signs Lead to Massive Breakthroughs (Prophetic Insight)

Have you ever been waiting on something from God—an answer to prayer, a Divine intervention, or the next step forward in the fulfilment of His promise—and instead of the large breakthrough you are anticipating, you get one, teeny, small sign?

What is God up to?

Small signs can be powerful when you know what to expect and how your Heavenly Father uses them as He brings about your breakthrough.


Pray in Anticipation of God’s Action

Elijah announced to King Ahab, at God’s instruction, that an abundance of rain was on its way to break three years of drought (1 Kings 18:41).

The Hebrew word translated ‘abundance’, hamown (Strongs H1995) means tumult, noise, sound, multitude.

Not just a trickle. Not a light shower. Elijah committed by the word of his mouth that God was sending a heavy rain.

It was time to pray—for God’s prophetic promises are birthed through prayer.


PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens

Take Elijah for example.

Elijah went into the birthing position to pray for rain. Six times he prayed and in anticipation, each time sent his servant to the horizon to seek the answer.

On the seventh time, his servant returned saying, ‘I see a small cloud, the size of a man’s hand.’

It was far from the heavy rain that Elijah was waiting for, but the small sign was enough. Elijah told his servant to go meet the king—and himself ran on ahead in the power of God. As they went, the heavy clouds started to gather and the first drops began to fall. (1 Kings 18)


Small Signs both Test and Strengthen your Faith

Small signs test your faith because they are small in size—the large breakthrough you need is still ahead.

However, that small sign is an indicator sent from the throne of God. It is a message that the breakthrough is on its way.

A small sign will build your faith because it is something tangible. It is a signal that the fullness of what God has is imminent.


Signs can be a Signal for us to Act in Faith

The small cloud was the sign Elijah needed to move. It was time to move from waiting to action, from praying to running.

When God gives you the sign, it is time to rejoice. Lift up your voice and praise Him. Get on your feet and celebrate.

Now, let the Holy Spirit guide your next steps. That sign may be the time to act and take the next step by faith.


Your God is the Master of Breakthroughs

David named one of the places God enabled him to overcome his enemies ‘Baal Perazim’, meaning ‘The Lord who breaks out.’ (1 Chron 14:11)

In that place named Baal Perazim, David had a fresh revelation of the nature of God: ‘Master of Breakthroughs’.

Shortly afterwards God gave David a new set of instructions regarding his enemies, the Philistines.

“Do not go directly after them, but circle around them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” (1 Chron 14:14b-15)

The sound of marching in the tops of the trees—it was a small sign from God, that signaled it was time to move.

Has God given you a small sign? It may be a word or prophetic insight. It may be a trickle—but it has the touch of the supernatural on it. You know that sign is from God.

That sign is a trigger. It is an opportunity.

So raise your hands, lift up your feet, and march. Your God, the ‘Master of Breakthroughs’ is working on your behalf.


Has this teaching on how a small sign can lead to a massive breakthrough encouraged you today? I would love to hear about it in the blog comments section, or on Facebook or Instagram. If the blog comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


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Is it Time to Birth God’s Prophetic Promise in Prayer?

6 Keys for Breakthrough Prayer


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Enliven Ministries
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You Can Prophesy, Full of the Spirit and Joy!

As the Gospels open, something is stirring. There is something new taking place.

I will pour out My SpiritIt has been four hundred years since the last Old Testament prophet spoke a message from God. But now, the Holy Spirit is breaking out. God is revealing what He is up to through unexpected vessels. Ordinary people are prophesying!

People just like you.

Luke highlights this prophetic outbreak in his account of the events leading up to, and immediately following, Jesus’ birth:

  • Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit as Mary’s greeting reaches her ears, responds with a prophetic proclamation. (Luke 1:41-45)
  • Her unborn baby—John the Baptist—leaps with joyful recognition in his mother’s womb. (Luke 1:44)
  • The young Mary makes a powerful prophetic declaration in reply. (Luke 1:46-55)
  • After John’s birth, his father Zechariah is filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesies. (Luke 2:67-69)
  • When Jesus is presented at the temple Simeon, an elderly man whose only status is that he is righteous, devout and led by the Spirit, prophesies over the child Jesus and his parents. (Luke 2:25-35) [1]
  • An elderly woman, a prophet and intercessor called Anna, becomes an outspoken prophetic witness of Jesus after she encounters the child in the temple. (Luke 2:36-38)

It is a powerful emergence of a new, prophetic era. Young and old, men and women, are suddenly prophesying, declaring the Father’s intentions, and filled with the Holy Spirit.

‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.’ Acts 2:17-18

This is the era in which you live.

You can be led by the Holy Spirit—filled with Him, experiencing His joy.

You can be like one of these people who participated in the the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. You can be a prophetic witness of Who Jesus is, and of your Father’s intentions.

As you take moments in your busy schedule leading up to Christmas and the close of this year, meditate on this. Consider it and wonder. Grasp this Heavenly truth.

  • The advent of Jesus changed everything.

Now is the time to embrace the supernatural, prophetic life God has made available to you through His Holy Spirit.


Prayer

‘Father thank You for this annual reminder of Your greatest gift to me, the gift of Your Son Jesus. In the middle of the busyness, help me to find stillness and to walk and talk with you. May I hear Your quietest whispers; may I meditate on Your Word. Help me to be aware of others around me, of Your love for them and what You want to say or do in any given instant.

I choose to stir up Your prophetic gift in my life. Give me boldness in the moment of opportunity to share whatever is on Your heart. This Christmas season, fill me afresh with Your Spirit and Your joy. May I, like Mary, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Simeon and Anna, be a witness of Jesus, of all You have done, and all You intend to do.

In Jesus’ Name, amen.’


Notes:
[1] I love this statement from Faussets Bible Dictionary: “Christ’s advent brings to view some of His hidden ones, as Simeon and Anna, who, unknown to the world, were known to Him as yearning for Him.” http://www.bible-history.com/faussets/S/Simeon/


Important Announcement Regarding our Ministry

Malcolm and Helen CalderWe have news! David McCracken Ministries is changing from being a team of ministers to a family of ministries. Yes—we are multiplying and branching out!

From January 2017, I, together with my husband Malcolm and others, will be founding a new ministry called ‘Enliven Ministries.’

The great news is that we will continue to be in the David McCracken Ministries family and David McCracken will still be our spiritual father as well as our Apostolic oversight.

We’re rejoicing! We also have a lot to set up—and faith challenges up ahead. If you are interested in finding out more, visit our temporary Enliven Ministries landing page here.


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