September 21, 2015

Pauperhood is relegated to the children of a lesser god. It is the condition of slaves who have yet to discover their freedom on the other side of the river of baptism and find themselves still captured by the dark prince of torture and torment. He is the one who assigns them to a life of poverty, pain, and depression through a diabolical play of illusion. He hopes to conceal their true identity forever. This evil prince feeds his captives the poisonous rations of religion, convincing them they will fill their soul’s hunger for righteousness.

Generational Prisoners

These slaves, blindfolded by their sin, think that they are laboring for their own freedom and work to pave their way out of prison with bricks built from the miry clay of self-righteousness. Yet, unknowingly, brick by brick, they are erecting their own chambers of death. Worse yet, they birth children into the same darkness, ultimately creating legacies of bondage with mindsets of hopelessness.

Rescued by Our King

But on a hill far away a Lamb-turned-Lion descended into this death camp through the portal of Golgotha. Crashing through the gates of hell, He met the dark prince in the mother of all battles. With three spikes and a thorny crown, the Captain of the Host conquered the devil, eternally disarming his destructive weapons of sin, death, hell, and the grave. Sin could not tempt Him, death couldn’t defeat Him, hell couldn’t keep Him, and the grave could not hold Him.

With watching witnesses and waiting warriors, He ascended through earth’s surface. The planet quaked to release its captives while Heaven thundered to receive its treasure. They weren’t just waiting for rescued souls to be redeemed, but for the crowning of the sons who were to be revealed. For with His blood the Holy One of Radiance purchased rotten, ragged sinners and recreated us into His righteous, reigning Saints.

Heirs to the Kingdom

We are not just soldiers of the cross; we are heirs to the throne. The divine nature permeates our souls, transforms our minds, transplants our hearts, and transfigures our spirits. We were made to be vessels of His glory and vehicles of His light.

Perhaps we are better exemplified as the beautiful daughter who will ascend the throne through marriage, for she is betrothed to the Prince of Peace. The Bridal Chamber is being built, the feast is being pre- pared, and the Bride is making herself ready. Alternatively, we may be called the Children of God, the Engaged Bride, a Royal Priesthood, the Apple of His Eye, and a New Creation, but above all, one thing is for cer- tain: We have captivated the heart of our Lover. Burning with desire, He has mounted His white horse, assembled a majestic entourage, and is making His way toward the planet!

From Paupers to Princes

Meanwhile back on earth, God’s people are rising and beginning to shine in this present darkness. His Royal Army is spreading the King’s glory all over the earth as we take dominion of this planet back from the defeated one. Equipped with the light of the Father, His sons are finding buried treasure in the hearts of men that was once covered by rocks of offense, thorns of treachery, and relics of religion. Armed with the power of the Holy Spirit and commissioned to re-present the King’s Son, we are healing the sick, raising the dead, and displacing devils. Paupers are becoming princes as a result, and the kingdom of this world is becoming the Kingdom of our God!

Are you in the process of transforming from a pauper to a prince?  Tell me about it in the comments below!

 

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