“The word which he sent unto the children of Israel, preaching good tidings of peace by Jesus Christ (he is LORD of all),” Acts 10:36.
I’m going to make a rather bold statement to begin with in light of this new season we are entering into and it is this; you will only access and walk in this new season demonstrating the powers of the age to come to the extent you recognize and yield to the Lordship of Jesus.
You must understand His authority over you and your need to be yielded and led by His spirit completely.
There is no longer going to be room for the individual ego to dominate and color the true message of the Kingdom of Heaven in this hour.
Many in the Church want to be placed in positions of leadership and visibility; they want to govern. Only a few truly want to be governed!
Until we recognize the authority of the LORD in our lives we will not effectively administrate that authority in any spectrum of life.
As we study history we realize that any nation, to be effective, must have a central authority.
Without that central authority society cannot exist and its overthrow becomes inevitable leading to anarchy and chaos among the people.
All of creation needs a ruling force. The body is useless without a head to direct its movements. An army is powerless when there is no supreme commander to issue orders.
The finest vessel ever launched is certain to be lost upon the rocks unless there is a captain on the bridge.
If these things are true in the natural realm, how much more important is the question of authority when we speak of our relationship to the LORD?
A true Christian is a man or woman under the authority of the LORD Jesus Christ. His ‘crown rights’, as LORD of all, are not dependent on our recognition of them.
They were the Father’s design and gift to His Son, to fulfill His mediatorial work:
“Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name; that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father,” Philippians 2:9-11.
Lordship Means Surrender to His Sovereignty
The most perfect expression of the LORDship of Jesus is found in the letter to the Romans.
“For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the LORD; and if we die, we die to the LORD. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the LORD’s. For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be LORD of both the dead and the living,” Romans 14:7-9.
No words could express more plainly than these that the purpose of Christ’s death and resurrection was to win undisputed Lordship over man. “To this end” or “For this purpose” He died on the cross.
We know He rose from the dead and lives a life on which the ‘tooth of time’ has no power in order to execute that Lordship.
Therefore to dispute His Lordship, to deny His sovereignty, is to rob Him of His rightful place in our lives.
And if we deny Him that rightful place we are diminished in our potential and calling.
Many are perfectly ready to take life from Jesus but hesitate to yield their life to Him. There can be no real loyalty unless we make Him the LORD of our conduct as well as the Savior of our soul.
One of the most honored individuals in American history is Wendell Phillips. He was one of the most gifted of men, an orator and statesman.
He did possibly more than any other man to strike off the shackles from four million slaves.
He is known to this day as ‘the Boston Orator” and “the man who could not be bought.”
Shortly before he died, he was asked by a friend whether there was any crisis in his life which explained his unfaltering devotion to his Master. This is what he said:
“When I was fourteen I heard Lyman Beecher preach on the Lordship of Jesus Christ. I went to my room, locked the door, and then threw myself on the floor of the room.
This is what I said: ‘O God, I belong to You; take what is Your own; I gladly recognize Your ownership in me; I now take You as my LORD and Master.’
From that time to this I have never known a thing to be wrong without having an aversion to it; and I have never seen anything to be right without having an attraction to it.”
How was it that Wendell Phillips was able to make that remarkable statement about aversion and attraction?
Having made Jesus LORD, everything was changed.
Jesus, his Master,
- stood by him in every conflict;
- He gave him strength for every task;
- He defined for him all his duties and revealed his calling and destiny;
- He rejoined in all his victories.
Christ had become his Friend!
He was a fully surrendered man and found himself under the government of a higher will than his own for he now had a Ruler as well as a Savior.
Lordship Means Surrender to His Ownership
There is a place in your heart called a throne.
Someone always occupies that place. The three rival claimants are Christ, Self and the Devil.
Which of these is on the throne even now as you read this?
Heaven will yield to no rival. Jesus will accept no divided allegiance. Spirit, soul and body alike belong to Him!
There is the spirit – the citadel; there is the city – the soul; there are the walls – the body, with its five gates of access (senses).
Jesus asks for the ownership of the entire being for the whole is His by redemptive right, and until all is yielded to Him there will be discord and disharmony leading to defeat.
Only One can bring peace to this little world. His name is Jesus.
When we can say, “The government is on His shoulders,” then every part of the little kingdom acknowledges His Kingship and rejoices in His Sovereignty.
It is for this man was created; it was for this Jesus died and rose again.
In 2018 there is coming a tremendous acceleration of the release of Kingdom revelation and transition.
The geopolitical situations in the world will continue to come to a full boil and war will be on everyone’s mind.
Many of the promises given to God’s people will begin to see a full release as understanding and maturity becomes more pronounced in the remnant.
Persecution will also increase with many more martyrs being ushered into Glory. Victory will be realized for many in the Family of God in many areas and the great awakening we have long heard about will begin to manifest as the LORD ushers in this new season in unprecedented ways.
The unveiling of evil in the world will correspond to the unveiling of evil within the church. At the same time, the unveiling of the true sons and daughters of God will accelerate with accompanying signs and wonders.
We must position our hearts and decide now to be fully yielded to His Lordship and His purposes for our lives.
1 Corinthians 13:11-12 will be revealed through the remnant as they model this reality:
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known,” 1 Corinthians 13:11-12.
For his glory,
~ Bruce Allen
Dr. Bruce Allen, is the founder of Still Waters International Ministries, PO Box 1001 Chewelah WA, 99109 United States. It is Bruce’s passion to see the Body of Christ awaken to their destiny in this hour by equipping them to hear God’s voice and access the reality of the supernatural in every day life.