The Making of Royalty: Protocols of the Palace
Protocol: the official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions
God has a protocol that he takes Queens (and Kings) through. If you are a believer, you are an ambassador of Christ. You have authority (Luke 10:19). We are daughters of the King and for my brothers reading this, you are Sons of the King. As such, we must know the protocols necessary to function effectively in the palace of our God-ordained purpose. Queen Esther is our model throughout this series as we carefully look at how she conducted herself throughout her journey and glean wisdom for ourselves in our own personal journeys.
First of all, it begins in your mind. There must be a transition in your mindset – a renewal, if you will, that has to take place for you to fully function and walk in your role authentically.
As a regent and ruler in the Kingdom of God, you have to deeply know who you are in Him and function from that perspective. You must know who you are when:
- Your authority is tested.
- Your emotions are everywhere
- You make a mistake
- Things go wrong
- You are under attack
- All hell breaks loose
- The counterfeits show up, i.e., when the man you thought you were going to marry suddenly breaks if off or you find out he was unfaithful; or if you are a man reading this,
- The woman you thought was the one, turned out to be the exact opposite of what you thought she was and you found out she had a lot of profound issues…..
During these you must must have grab hold of is the promises of God AND His processes for unfolding them in our lives. The Bible is replete with promises and His processes, but for today let’s just look at a few and how it looks actually walked out in life. The promises and processes of God:
- Are Yes and Amen (2 Cor 1:20) God says yes, then puts us in process to prepare us. Often we try to circumvent and short-cut the process, but short cuts always wind up taking longer. Remember, Esther was in process for a year before she was even allowed in the presence of the King.
- He has begun a good work in you and will perform it (Phil 1:6) Let Him finish that healing process and allow the healing to seal. Cooperate with God as He is healing you. Remember, you don’t choose the method or the way or how He heals, orders and prepares you. Our job is to just say yes. Queen Esther humbly surrendered to Haggai’s instructions for her preparation and received special favor. She didn’t try to tell him how she wanted her beauty and preparation treatments. She didn’t try to force or dictate or tell Him what she thought it should be because it was uncomfortable and inconvenient. Look at her end result. She received half the kingdom.
- Lay aside every weight that so easily besets us (Heb. 12:2). We can’t take the dead weight of dead-end relationships, old issues and old wounds to the palace of purpose. Queen Esther had to let go of the dead weight of the residue surrounded around being an orphan. She had to let the dead weight of a spirit of abandonment go. She had the wounds similar to those of us who have gone thru rejection, traumatic childhoods, and divorce. Sometimes we get stuck because we have become so used to and addicted to that spirit, that energy, that same old familiar pain. It is dead weight. Let it go.
- Possess your soul – your mind, your will and your emotions patiently (Luke 21:19) – Queen Esther had to be patient and endure for an entire year in strange palace full of mystique and intrigue. In a harem full of other women vying to be the Queen, she couldn’t afford to not be in full possession of her mind, will and emotions. Especially when it was time for her to think and strategize to save her people. She was not “in her feelings”. People’s lives were on the line. What about you? Whose lives are depending upon you to remain poised under pressure?
- Stagger not at the promises of God (Romans 4:20) Abraham saw his impotence and Sarah’s barrenness and still believed that he would become a father. Even after heartbreaks, divorce, all kinds of bad situations, are you able to still believe and have hope? Stumbling, stalling, staggering when the situation looks bad is not the protocol of the palace. We must walk boldly to the throne when we need strength. Queen Esther most certainly felt afraid when it was time for her to make her request before the King but she did it anyway saying “If I perish, I perish.”
- Cast your cares (1 Pet 5:7) But don’t cast away your PROMISES (Heb. 10:35) for there is recompense of GREAT reward. We tend to do the opposite. We keep our cares and cast away our confidence. To operate in our authority requires a deep level of trust in God that we are able to truly cast the care while at the same time keep our confidence. This is the protocol of Kings and Queens. They are confident and strong in the Lord and they do not allow the anxieties and cares of the world to overtake them.
I encourage you to embrace these promises fully in order to rightly follow the protocol of your palace — the protocols of the promised land of where you are going — Own you voice, own the vision , own your God-given value requires that we fully embrace the promises and the process God takes us through to get there.
Ownership and occupancy of the palace means that we must know who we are and whose we are – this is not based on up and down feelings, but the word of God. Grab HOLD of the promises. Every time you hide out, shrink back, get stuck in overthought, shame, embarrassment, what other people think, comparison, and competition, you lose territory to the enemy. Every day you don’t do what you are supposed to do, you could be preventing someone’s prayers from being answered. Stagger Not! Embrace the Protocol. Embrace the Process!