Connecting our hearts with a real Kingdom purpose is a key to Releasing Kings. Seeing our future is the faith that motivates enthusiasm, a work ethic, creativity, fruit, and wealth multiplication. It’s very easy to get in a rut of working a job that pays the bills but does not satisfy our hearts. That translates to looking forward to weekends, vacations and retirement in a vain attempt to fill a huge void of purpose in our hearts. While we’re at work, it translates to a boring, survival mentality that is not particularly productive, creative or fulfilling.
In reality, most of us do not have a job or business that is totally aligned with our hearts. We are a work in progress and we can see the Kingdom potential in being totally “connected,” but we’re not there yet. I believe that one day in the future, after this reformation has run its course, it will be normal to work in concert with your heart. It will be the norm. Until then, here’s your temporary assignment.
In every culture, job or business the enemy has a “champion” present. It’s not necessarily a person. Sometimes the obstacle is a mindset or a circumstance that needs to be changed. When Israel fought the Philistines, it was Goliath.
Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 1 Sam 17:4-5 NASU
The champion – Every day for 40 days he would stand in the valley between the opposing armies and taunt God’s people. The good guys were all intimidated and afraid of the size difference, such that a stalemate existed between God’s purpose and the intimidating lie of the enemy. David came on the scene after his anointing and preparation as a sheep herder killing the lion and the bear. In his own entrepreneurial way he inquired about the profit motive to take care of Goliath.
David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Sam 17:26 NIV
You know the rest of the story. My favorite part is that David carries the head all the way back to Jerusalem and stores Goliath’s weapons in his own tent as a trophy.
Exploits – Even though David was not totally in his purpose or calling, he recognized a problem that Saul had and volunteered to deal with it. I’m suggesting that you and I are usually in the same situation in our jobs. We carry a David-like anointing to be God’s champion. And invariably, those we serve are facing obstacles with which they need help. In nearly every situation there is a large, intimidating Philistine who needs a David to cut off his head and lead the rest of the office workers to victory. Listen to the sound of David’s exploits before he became King and while he is serving Saul who had been abandoned by God… not the perfect boss, leader or manager.
Whatever Saul sent him to do, David did it so successfully that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the people, and Saul’s officers as well. 1 Sam 18:5 NIV
In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him. 15 When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns. 1 Sam 18:14-16 NIV
The Philistine commanders continued to go out to battle, and as often as they did, David met with more success than the rest of Saul’s officers, and his name became well known. 1 Sam 18:30 NIV
Even though David was still serving in another man’s vision, his heart, his anointing, and his excellence were on display. David’s preparation for his real calling was long and the path to being King took him through a very winding road full of warfare and opportunities to get discouraged. David consistently made the best of every circumstance in which he found himself. Now, I want to suggest that this example is a little intimidating for most of us. David had a secret – God was working on his behalf behind the scenes. Listen to Ps 89. Notice this prophetic passage starts out with David and ends up talking about Jesus. David and Jesus are in the same line of anointing.
Once you spoke in a vision, to your faithful people you said:”I have bestowed strength on a warrior; I have exalted a young man from among the people. 20 I have found David my servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him. 21 My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him. 22 No enemy will subject him to tribute; no wicked man will oppress him. 23 I will crush his foes before him and strike down his adversaries. 24 My faithful love will be with him, and through my name his horn will be exalted. 25 I will set his hand over the sea, his right hand over the rivers. 26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’ 27 I will also appoint him my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth. 28 I will maintain my love to him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail. 29 I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure. Ps 89:19-29 NIV
Here is the secret for Kings. You are in the same line of anointing as David and Jesus, too. No enemy can defeat you, and Father’s love will never fail you. God himself is working to establish you over every Goliath that crosses your path. Can you see that it’s not that David himself is so special? What made David great was God working behind the scenes. David was a willing vessel – so are you and I.
There is a cause, and you carry a Davidic, Christ-like anointing to do even greater exploits and works. When you can see the Kingdom, you will also see the importance of your role in contending for it. God designed this whole process so that His Kingdom is evolving to fill the earth. It isn’t fully here yet. There really is warfare to see it established. You really have been invited to play a role. The Father really has anointed you to do exploits and He really does want to make your name great.
My faithful love will be with him, and through my name his horn will be exalted. Ps 89:24
Your role in the Kingdom is worth the investment of your time to put that plan into place and to get the help you need to do it. Here are some suggestions for next steps. We may be able to help you with a heart plan. Coaching has proven to be a great tool to make wise decisions based on the desires God has put in your heart, and we’re inviting you to contact us. We’re excited about it!
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Prov 16:9 NIV
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PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of a more relational view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
- The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
- The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
- The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church. See video #1 and video #2