Servants or Kings (3 of 4)

Mike Connell

Summary Notes

· 1 Pet 2:9 “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood …”
· We must know and agree with what God says we are – that is our Identity
· Chosen generation – selected by God to carry His DNA, to be His family
· Royal Priesthood – access into the very throne of God, royal kingly, regal
· Kings don’t beg, don’t think as a victim – powerless, blaming others
· Kings decree, legislate, make commands
· Kings discover and declare the will and purpose of God and advance the Kingdom
· Rev 19:16
“He is king of Kings and Lord of Lords”
· Jesus is raising a generation of King’s and Lords to advance His Kingdom
· Mark 4:35-41 Kings in Training

Kings receive Prophetic Direction:
i) “Even had come” Mark 4:35
· Even = beginning of a new day, Days began in the evening
· New day = new opportunities, new challenges, new experiences
· God is always doing new things, fresh things
· Kings don’t live in yesterday’s experiences, they look forward to a new day
· New day = Require new direction, new revelation

ii) “He said to them” Mark 4:35
· Don’t live in past experiences, yesterday’s revelation
· Position yourself to hear from God daily
· Eg Mary, Jesus who rose early, Moses
· Mark 4:34 While they were alone He explained all things to His disciples
· Jesus was raising Kings – he took them aside to give them revelation and direction
· ‘Alone’ = you must build and prioritize time with God

3. Kings Dream of Enlarging their Territory:
· Mark 4:35 “Let us cross over to the other side”
a) ‘Cross over’ = to travel through, to journey through, to go to a new place
- You must be willing to move forward, enlarge, advance from current position
- Migrate = journey to a place of new opportunity
- There are challenges and obstacles to be faced
b) ‘Other side’ = the territory beyond the place they were standing
- The country of the Gaderenes
- New territory: new areas to invade and advance the kingdom
- New experiences to have
- Could be your personal life, finances, marriage, family, ministry
- God calls every generation out of security to advance the kingdom
- There are new territories to enter: Media, Education, Government, Arts
What dream do you have of future enlargement, advance?
Kings know their assignment

4. Kings Advance to New Territory:
· “They left the multitude and took him along in a boat” Mark 4:36
· “left” = 863 = to forgive, to send away, choose to let go so they can advance
a) Left the Multitude (People)
- Kings don’t get led by the crowd or multitude
- Kings have vision and direction and courage
- Crowd lacks vision, pressure you to conform, do what they ask
- Kings hear God and have vision of their new territory
- Faith life is a journey of hearing God and moving forward
- It takes courage to be different

b) Left the State (Place of Security
- No great adventures unless you cast off from shore
- Boat journeys are filled with uncertainty – cast off, let go
- What is holding you back? What are you changing to?
- Jesus was in the boat
- The faith journey seems lonely but – you are not alone as Jesus is with you, you are not alone as others are taking the same journey, your faith stirs others

5. Kings have a Spiritual perspective:
· Mark 4:37
· A great storm arose and the waves beat in the boat
a) There is always demonic opposition to advancing the Kingdom
- 1) Storm 2) Demonic man Mark 5:2
- Storm = whirlwind, rotating column of air with great turbulence
- The demonic the demonic storm whipped up the sea into a turmoil
- Every assignment of God has demonic opposition
- Demonic opposition = circumstances or people
- New assignments mean new challenges

b) Focus on the Assignment not Circumstances 2 Cor 4:16-18
- Mark 4:38 The disciples lost their spiritual perspective
- Fear of death, accuse and blame
- Faith quenched
- Focused on saving self and not the assignment
- Think like a victim not like a king
- They missed the opportunity for growth

6. Kings make Decrees and Assert Dominion:
Mark 4:39
“He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea ….”
· Do you arise in your spirit like a King for battle? Or cringe like a victim?
· ‘Said’ – 2036NT = to command, to legislate, to decree
· Kings make decrees, they assert their authority over their territory
· Whatever your assignment, territory …you must learn to address the demonic
· Mark 11:23 Have the faith of God … speak to … not doubt in your heart
· Jesus rebuked the wind and sea and the disciples
· God requires us to walk by faith not by experiences alone
· Jesus expected them to interact with the circumstances as Kings