By Nicola Ramitt
This summer, I’ve noticed monarch butterflies flitting across the air in numbers I haven’t seen in years. These majestic creatures were at one point in danger of extinction but are now on a comeback. I felt the Lord saying that it’s time for kings to take their place.
We are called to be monarchs - kings, seated with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 1, 2), and ruling this earth that was “given to the children of men.” (Ps. 114:16b). For too long we have let the prince of the air rule over us, and we have not stepped into the authority that was returned to us at the cross. Jesus’s message to the people of his day was that the kingdom of heaven was at hand. He is a King who has given us authority to see His “kingdom come,” His “will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt. 6:10). Kingdom authority means taking command over sickness, brokenness, poverty, chaos and everything else that does not exist in heaven. But before we can bring this kingdom authority to the world around us, we have to bring it to our own lives, and the only way to do that is complete surrender. It’s time for the kings of the kingdom to fully surrender to the King of kings so that He can reign through us. Every room in our house must be occupied with the presence of the Holy King in order for us to effectively exercise our authority.
In order for a monarch to develop from a caterpillar to an adult monarch it requires only one thing – milkweed. This is the only plant that contains every nourishment required to see this process through. As kings of the King, we need to simplify our diet. There have been far too many foreign substances posing as nourishment to the nation of kings that we are. Our diet needs to simply be the presence of God – through His word, through prayer and through communion. This simple diet will mature us into kings that will exercise our authority in the realm of the spirit.
It’s time to rise up. It’s time to take our place. It’s time to rule and reign with authority and bring the kingdom and culture of heaven wherever we go.