Have you reclaimed your royal status?
By Janice S Ramkissoon
28th March 2011
Looking at My Eyes
My Eyes need to be pure. My eyes should be open to the things of Christ. When I use my eyes to feast on pornography, for example, I do not bring honour to my Master. Now as a columnist in a newspaper, I understand that you can’t totally avoid nudity in the papers if you are having access to local, national or international news. The advertisements are more provocative now than ever before. It doesn’t matter how hard you try, you’re gonna come across something that represents temptation in your path, especially to our men. But 2nd Peter 2:9, (KJV) gives you assurance that: “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgement to be punished." Don’t feast your eyes on the garbage—you don’t need it. You can either get rid of the section that promotes such filth or if it’s an advertisement be sure not to focus on it, lest you fall for the temptation.
Are you a Moses in hiding, afraid to speak out though the people you are connected to are being oppressed? In Proverbs 22:16 we read that, “He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want." If I see injustices taking place and sit quietly [doing nothing about it] I am just as bad as the perpetrator. I have not yet reclaimed my royal status. If you find yourself in this position especially if you are a leader, in any capacity, then I encourage you to read Ezekiel 34 and hear God speak. When I received the topic Judgment Comes, I was sent to Judges 9. I still don’t understand the reason God gave this to me but reading the book of judges I realise that God is speaking directly into the area of leadership. I am studying this book at the moment and asking God to open my understanding. Please take some time to do the same.
Looking at My Mouth “The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment”(Psalm 37:30).
My mouth should not:
Spill profanities, nor should it entertain gossip...[various scriptures]…tell lies...[Exodus 20:15] be used to injure my brother or sister, with words that causes soul wounds. My mouth should bless and not curse my neighbour.
What does the bible say about gossip?
Psalm 50:19-23: “Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself; but I will reprove thee and set them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me; and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God."
Proverbs 24:9 “Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another.” Proverbs 21:23 says, “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles." Then again in Proverbs 22:11 we see that “He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.” If I am known as one who entertains gossip people will not come to me with their problems because they simply will not trust me.
Our pastor spoke to us on the use of the tongue, letting us know that “What we say makes a difference to the course of our lives.” Alerting us to fact that the tongue can be used to kill the spirit of others. If we speak life—it happens. If we speak death it happens as in the case of the fig tree which withered and died after it was cursed by Christ. One of the scriptures used was Proverbs 18:21 which states: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit therof.” He then encouraged the saints to "fill your mouth with faith-filled words.” Making reference to Revelation 12 verse 11 stating that “You’ll become an overcomer.” He urged us to speak positive words. The Holy Spirit brings our self under subjection and helps us to speak life into other people’s situation.
The tongue is the most powerful part of the body so I need you to understand the importance of allowing the Holy Spirit to bring that tongue under subjection and filling your mouth with faith-filled words. Philippians 4:8 shows us how to do this: “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
If I am blessed with the gift of singing, then my voice should literally sing His praises. The songs I sing should reflect His glory. I should not be singing Psalms on Sundays, then throughout the week I use my voice to sing songs that promote the kingdom of darkness. I should not be promoting fornication, adultery, lying, stealing, idol worshipping etc. [most of the songs that gets air play promotes negativity, after listening to them too long they register into your mind, you sing along and dance to them] I should not use my voice to call the Lord’s name in vain. That would not honour my Master. If this reflects the lifestyle I live, then I have not yet reclaimed my royal status.
“And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgement day on every idle word you speak. The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37).
Looking at My Hands
“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing” (1st Timothy 2:8).
My hands were made to worship God. I should do the work of Him who sent me. He saved me for a purpose. In Proverbs 10:4 it is said that: “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.”
If I should use my hands to steal, I would dishonour my Master. But what about other things we do without thinking of their consequences? Here are a few to get you thinking and see if you need to repent today and get back on track:
• To sign a cheque, knowing there is no money in the bank, that’s not faith, that’s deception;
• To sign an agreement, knowing we cannot honour the terms and conditions, that too is deception;
• To fiddle with the figures so that the accounts can balance, we are using our hands to do evil;
• To collect money from the government, knowing we are not entitled to it, that is wrong—someone else will pay for our wrong-doing;
• To use our hands to drug deal, we are playing in the enemy’s courtyard;
• If we use our hands to abuse another individual, that too is wrong. Any form of abuse is wrong! It does not bring honour to God.
If I choose to type a message which will not edify another, then I’m being disobedient to God’s instructions and that takes me out of His will. Choosing to use my gifts to destroy rather than build-up will not honour God and therefore I have not reclaimed my royal status.
We should not be using our hands to carry out the works of the enemy, during the week, and expect that God will use those same hands to bring healing on Sunday morning. If our hands have been lazy in doing the work of Him who sent us then a poor result will be the end of our labour when we stretch out our hands during an altar call (for example).
We should use our hands to do good—Help someone in need. Let us work to build up each other, using the gifts that God has blessed us with. We should not use them to harm others directly or indirectly. God will bless our honest labour.
Looking at My Feet
Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem (Psalms 122:2).
My Feet should go where my Master leads. Psalm 37:23 lets us know that “The steps of a righteous [good] man are ordered by the Lord: and He delighteth in his way." Proverbs 3:6, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." If I can’t be content with manna (while in the wilderness, waiting to enter Canaan) I will run back to Pharaoh. Having gone back to my old way of life; enslaved all over again, that will not honour my Lord, who saved me from Egypt. Therefore, I have not yet reclaimed my royal status.
My feet should not be dancing in the night club one night, then dancing on the church floor the next morning, as part of the choir or praise team. They should dance like David Danced (with praise in my heart) My feet were made to transport me from one destination to the next—“…shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” according to Ephesians 6:15.
When I was in college, a young girl in my class fell pregnant for the young man she was dating. In trying to cover up his act of unfaithfulness, fear and anger met and his feet was the instrument at his disposal. The baby died in the womb from multiple kicks to the mother’s stomach. That kind of behaviour is so wrong. We hear of many cases within the church where this form of abuse is taking place, today. My fellow believers, this ought not to be so among you.
Isaiah 52:7 states, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” Let your feet walk to the places that are in need of good news. Let them run to help someone in need. Let them take you to your church services so you can be fed with the word of God, continually growing in the knowledge of Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
Looking at My Dress code
“I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God” (1st Timothy 2:9-10).
My dress code should be modest. The way I dress should not be that of a harlot. If I have my cleavage showing where the speaker has to deliberately look away from me (while on the pulpit), then that will not bring honour to God. If my skirt is too short or too tight, my elder may have to keep his eyes closed to avoid temptation. Dressing inappropriately will cause me to become a stumbling block to my brother - that does not bring honour to my Master. Therefore, I have not yet reclaimed my royal status.
“Jesus said to His disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves” (Luke 17:1-3).
Looking at My Heart
My Heart should be clean and reflect that of my Master. An impure heart does not honour God. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8, KJV.) If I have good thoughts, my hands will do good…my feet will hasten to do good…my mouth will open to speak words that edify. I will dress modestly, thinking of my fellow neighbour and not wanting to be a stumbling block. A heart that is pure brings honour to God and keeps me operating in His will. This is not just when I fellowship with the saints, but while I am at school, work, in my social circle, at home…wherever I go.
When I testify/share with others I am praising God. “By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15, KJV). A testimony is telling of His goodness in my life – How God got me through a particular situation/ struggle. What He did to get me through that situation? How He is keeping me from going back where I’m coming from? The information becomes instruction for someone else. Others who were praying for me to get out of that situation begin to give God thanks for answered prayers. The Scripture, shared as part of my testimony, may bring confirmation to someone or may begin the process of washing that individual clean—as a process of grieving and healing begins. It is therefore very important to remain in His love (St. John 15:9-10) so that our lives can be a testimony of His love and His grace. That’s how we sing His praises. Our life should therefore, be a song of praise unto God.