Sacrifice comes with receiving kingship in CHRIST JESUS.
In other words, rulership in GOD cannot be achieved without sacrifice.
This Divine Ordinance was established when David was anointed king — a VERY GREAT occasion forever because THE KING ETERNAL, our LORD JESUS CHRIST occupies “The Throne of His father David.” (Luke 1:32; 2 Samuel 7:16,17).
“Now THE LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.” And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.” But THE LORD said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to THE LORD.’ Then invite Jesse to The Sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.” So Samuel did what THE LORD said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to THE LORD. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to The Sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to The Sacrifice.” Samuel 16:1-5.
When THE LORD told Samuel to “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to THE LORD,’ then invite Jesse to The Sacrifice…” it was not a cunning Divine pretext to avoid the murderous reaction of Saul.
Rather, THE LORD was establishing for us a most important Wisdom of GOD and “Ordinances of Divine Service” (Hebrews 9:1): that in CHRIST JESUS, kingship is received with sacrifice. And by sacrifice the murderer from the beginning, the devil (John 8:44) is outwitted and cannot touch His anointed.
When you sacrifice to THE LORD as directed by THE LORD, Satan cannot stop you!
When THE LORD JESUS CHRIST sacrificed Himself for us, the devil could not prevent Him from rising from the dead, or His Promotion by GOD.
Your HOLY SPIRIT-led sacrifice covenants GOD to provide His Protection and Promotion for you.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in CHRIST JESUS, Who, being in THE FORM OF GOD, did not consider it robbery to be equal with GOD, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even THE DEATH OF THE CROSS. Therefore GOD also has highly exalted Him and given Him THE NAME Which is above every name, that at THE NAME OF JESUS every knee should bow, of those in Heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD, to THE GLORY of GOD THE FATHER.” Philippians 2:5-11.
THE LORD sacrificed Himself and was protected and promoted by GOD.
And, as by “The Sacrifice of Himself” THE LORD JESUS CHRIST “made us kings…” (Hebrews 9:26; Revelation 1:5,6), so also we must by the sacrifice of ourselves reign in that kingship.
This is why THE LORD said:
“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My Sake and THE GOSPEL’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My WORDS in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him THE SON OF MAN also will be ashamed when He comes in THE GLORY of HIS FATHER with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38.
THE LORD sacrificed His Life FOR us, we also must sacrifice ours for Him every day of our lives. Paul said “I die daily.” (1 Corinthians 15:31). We have to die daily for THE LORD to be able to reign in our kingship in Him.
“For THE LOVE OF CHRIST compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15.
“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.” Romans 5:17.
“If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.” 2 Timothy 2:12
But what exactly does it mean to sacrifice ourselves so as to reign through THE LORD and with THE LORD?
It means in ALL our ways seeking, understanding and doing His Will “according to His Own Purpose and Grace Which was given to us in CHRIST JESUS before time began”. For, “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to The Purpose of Him Who works all things according to The Counsel of His Will,” (2 Timothy 1:9; Ephesians 1:11).
“For we are His Workmanship, created in CHRIST Jesus for good works, which GOD prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.
As commanded, “Trust in THE LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
Indeed, having undertaken the GOD-directed sacrifice and anointing, Saul did not kill Samuel, and could NOT kill David either, in spite of his subsequent attempts repeatedly to do so.
It is also worth noting that, eventually, Samuel anointed only the one GOD directed and named.
Initially though, the prophet had decided on Eliab; “…he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely THE LORD’s anointed is before Him!” But THE LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For THE LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but THE LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:6.
Many a man of GOD makes this grievous mistake today in The Church. They go by natural qualifications in choosing people for the work of ministry.
If one is rich/very educated/influencial, then he gets to sit on the church board. If one is bootlicking/ subservient, then he gets to head a church department.
If one sings like an angel yet very carnal, then he gets to do the lead vocals in the choir. The Church of THE LIVING GOD is being ran with earthly, sensual, demonic wisdom! Brethren, these things ought not to be so.
“My brethren, do not hold The Faith of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE LORD OF GLORY, with partiality.” James 2:1.
The Sacrifice And The Anointing; The Blood and The Spirit
The Sacrifice of CHRIST made the way for The Outpouring of THE HOLY SPIRIT on The Day of Pentecost. Thus, THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST makes the way, yes, The New and Living Way (Hebrews 10:19) for The Supply of THE SPIRIT OF JESUS CHRIST to us.
It is always THE BLOOD and THE SPIRIT — THE HOLY SPIRIT comes when we have been washed by THE BLOOD, Titus 3:5-6. The Anointing follows The Sacrifice.
With The Sacrifice, Samuel the prophet anointed David king, “and THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD came upon David from that day forward.”
Likewise, “JESUS, The Prophet from Nazareth of Galilee” (Matthew 21:11), with “The Sacrifice of Himself”, anointed/ made us kings and priests unto His GOD, (Hebrews 9:26; Revelation 1:5, 6), and THE HOLY SPIRIT came upon us from The Day of Pentecost.
By The Sacrifice of CHRIST, by The Shedding of His BLOOD, we are anointed with THE HOLY SPIRIT to reign in life and on the earth.
You see then that, in short order, with The Anointing, with THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD upon him, David easily felled Goliath.
What the armies of Israel could not do for forty days, David (a youth), by The Anointing (with THE SPIRIT), did in an instant.
You have to be anointed with THE SPIRIT to deal with the adversary. You have to be anointed with THE SPIRIT to take down the giants coming against your life.
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST Himself had to be anointed with THE SPIRIT to do all that He did in the days of His Flesh.
As written, “how GOD anointed JESUS of Nazareth with THE HOLY SPIRIT and with POWER, Who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for GOD was with Him.” (Acts 10:38).
Ask GOD to anoint you EXACTLY as He anointed JESUS of Nazareth, use you and be with you as He was with THE LORD. Pray so repeatedly — without ceasing.
“Fill your horn [your strength] with oil [THE HOLY SPIRIT], and go.” (1 Samuel 16:1). Be filled with THE HOLY SPIRIT by prayer and supplication, by fasting, by THE WORD, by obedience, and do it.
Let your life be “… in labors [by GOD]…in fastings; by purity, by [GODLY] knowledge, by longsuffering [patience], by kindness, by THE HOLY SPIRIT, by sincere love, by THE WORD OF TRUTH, by THE POWER OF GOD, by THE ARMOR OF RIGHTEOUSNESS on the right hand and on the left, by honor…by…good report;” (2 Corinthians 6:5-8).
Seek THE LORD about that matter, about your life; and promptly do what He says to you. Do not mourn, leaning on your own understanding like Samuel. Let THE LORD show you what to do. And do it.
As THE LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn…? Fill your horn with oil, and go.” (1 Samuel 16:1). Fill your horn (your strength) with THE HOLY SPIRIT, and go — STRONG in THE LORD and in The POWER of His Might! (Ephesians 6:10).
Furthermore, as discussed above, we must sacrifice ourselves/our flesh to be anointed with POWER and Great Grace to reign, to do what we have been called to do. (See Acts 4:29 -31,33).
We must sacrifice ourselves/ our flesh/ our comfort/our convenience to continue earnestly in prayer, fasting, The Word and obedience, meditating in THE WORD and on THE LORD, being at His Feet like Mary, looking to JESUS instead of looking at the television/ that mobile device, and/ or eating for pleasure (and not because of hunger!), etc.
These are the most serious days EVER on earth, hence we must be the most serious EVER in THE LORD. Therefore, sacrifice for The Anointing and REIGN with The Anointing. Now is the time.
As THE HOLY SPIRIT indicated in Philippians 2, THE LORD humbled Himself to death, even THE DEATH OF THE CROSS, therefore GOD also has highly exalted Him…
To sacrifice oneself to GOD is to humble oneself under Him. And GOD rewards that with exaltation — being The Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, (Hebrews 11:6).
“Therefore humble yourselves under The Mighty Hand of GOD, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7.
“Humble yourselves in The Sight of THE LORD, and He will lift you up.” James 4:10.
I assure you, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST is fast moving to advance you. Avail yourself to Him and say so to Him repeatedly.
Please, I need you to know that GOD is moving much more so QUICKLY these days than ever before. Catch Him. NOW. Be at His Feet every moment of your breath: in prayer, in The Word, meditating on Him, LOVING Him with ALL your heart. And REPENTING!
I said in some previous Words and say here again, that, our LORD JESUS CHRIST had thousands of followers in the days of His Flesh, and appeared to hundreds beforehand chosen by GOD after His Resurrection.
But when He poured out THE HOLY SPIRIT on The Day of Pentecost as He had promised, only about one hundred twenty people sacrificed to THE LORD, waiting in prayer for The Promise of THE FATHER.
It is happening now exactly as it did then. Only those seeking THE LORD will find Him and see His Glory.
Therefore, let’s SACRIFICE to THE LORD and be anointed to reign at such a time as this.
Fill your horn with oil, and go!
HALLELU-YAH! Praise THE LORD!
“The LORD Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:22.
“Farewell” Acts 15:29.
~ Jacob Awagah
Jacob, an apostle of Jesus Christ by The Will of God, according to The Promise of Life which is in Christ Jesus, (2 Timothy 1:1).
As John was, Jacob is the disciple whom JESUS loves, (John 13:23;19:26; 20:2; 21:7,20). And like Paul, Jacob is “the prisoner of CHRIST JESUS” (Ephesians 3:1) for His Purpose forever: to obey Him always.
“And having been perfected, He became The Author of Eternal Salvation to all who obey Him,” Hebrews 5:9.