Writing Kingly Decrees
Prophetic Word from the Lord: Given Weekend of April 29-May 1, 2011:
The Lord told me ahead of the Royal Wedding that he had something significant to say to me during the wedding of Prince William and Kate. I watched the wedding Friday night but didn’t sense anything significant from the Lord. However, Sunday night I watched the Royal Procession to Buckingham Palace. Their entourage was magnificent. Carriages carrying important family and guests, men in uniform riding horses all moving in synchronized direction.
When William and Kate entered into the walls of the Palace, I sensed the Lord say, “As my people enter into the Palace of the King and learn to know his heart and mind, they are being given direction to write kingly decrees that will utterly annihilate the enemy.”
I switched channels after that word to hear President Obama making the statement: “Today the world’s enemy, Osama Bin Laden, has been utterly annihilated.”
This picture is a very real illustration of what God is teaching us to do for “Such a time as this!”
The book of Esther is the story of the Bible in microcosm. Everyone of importance in the biblical story is represented: God the Father, Jesus, Satan, the Holy Spirit and God’s people. The King represents God the Father. Esther represents Jesus. Haman, the Prime Minister represents Satan. Mordecai, Esther’s uncle and the Jews, represent God’s people. The Holy Spirit is present invisibly as events and people are led to move in a direction that leads to victory.
Esther was told by her Uncle Mordechai that “She was positioned and appointed for such a time as this to accomplish God’s purposes, for the saving of many lives.” We are also positioned and appointed to do the same.
What is the definition of a decree?
An authoritative order having the force of law.
Why are writing kingly decrees important?
We are called to partner with God to bring kingdom from heaven to earth. Jesus taught us to pray: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” When we speak and write decrees we are following his instructions to us in how to pray.
The Trinity created the universe using spoken words (Genesis 1, John 1:1-5 ). Our words matter: we speak life or death with our words (James 3:1-12). Our words carry the power of decree because Jesus has delegated his authority to us.
The Lord took Ezekiel to the valley of dry bones and he told Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones. The Lord asked Ezekiel to hear his mind and then to declare it. We are called to do the same (Ezekiel 37).
How do we have authority to write and declare a decree?
Our authority doesn’t come through ourselves. We have Jesus’ authority in which to speak the decree (Ephesians 1:23, Luke 9:1-2, Acts 1:8). Decrees must always be spoken and written in the Name and Authority of King Jesus.
Why does a decree need to be written down?
We can discern from Esther that our mutual enemy, the Devil, has decreed against all of us. He is a legalist and it is important that we address his decrees against us in the same way. The King told Esther that “decrees are irrevocable.” This means that the only way to eradicate the Devil’s decree against us is to write a decree that goes up higher in authority--the authority of King Jesus.
How do we discern what to put in a kingly decree?
It comes through prayer and relationship with the King of the Kingdom, through understanding of his written Word as well as life in the Spirit. Decrees must always be in alignment with Scripture and the principals in it. As we know the heart and mind of the King, and work in partnership with him, the decree will come clear.
Decrees are to be written which will bring good and seek the welfare of God’s people and peace to everyone (Esther 10:3).
What happens when the kingly decree is written and declared?
Ephesians 3:10-12 tell us: “ God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. “
We are given access to the throne room to discern the decree and then the heavenly armies are dispatched to go and activate the decrees, even taking it into the demonic realm to declare God’s victorious work in the decree.
Is it important to keep decreeing a decree?
Once a decree is dispatched, your work is done. The rest is up to God! The only reason to continue to read a decree is to build your faith to align with what the Holy Spirit directed you to write, and to remember what you decreed so you can look for the answers.
What are the important elements of a decree?
1. Purpose of the decree:
What is the decree written for: a person, place, event—be clear. Our focus will often be on our personal sphere as we learn to write decrees, but the purpose for decree writing also includes the global world as we partner with God “for the redemption of all creation.”
2. The Date
I write this decree in the Name of Jesus Christ and in his authority and through his power. The Angelic troops stand ready to dispatch this decree to the heavenly realms to the rulers and authorities, and to post in the King’s Palace (Rev 2 and 3, Ephesians 3:10, Esther 8:10, 13).
4. Scriptural Alignment and Use:
Everything in a decree must align with biblical principles. Using Scripture in the decree is a great way to know that it is already in the heart and mind of the King, and that we are putting the “Amen” to what he already desires (amen means “yes, so be it,” 2 Cor 1:20).
Before dispatching the Angelic Troops to go and dispatch the decree, read it through and ask the Lord if there is anything else he wants to include. When you feel certain you have included everything, read it out loud and finish with: “I now dispatch the Angelic troops to go now to dispatch this decree, to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms and to post it in the palace.”
On that same day King Xerxes gave the property of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, to Queen Esther. Then Mordecai was brought before the king, for Esther had told the king how they were related. 2 The king took off his signet ring—which he had taken back from Haman—and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed Mordecai to be in charge of Haman’s property.
3 Then Esther went again before the king, falling down at his feet and begging him with tears to stop the evil plot devised by Haman the Agagite against the Jews. 4 Again the king held out the gold scepter to Esther. So she r ose and stood before him.
5 Esther said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor with him, and if he thinks it is right, and if I am pleasing to him, let there be a decree that reverses the orders of Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, who ordered that Jews throughout all the king’s provinces should be destroyed. 6 For how can I endure to see my people and my family slaughtered and destroyed?”
7 Then King Xerxes said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “I have given Esther the property of Haman, and he has been impaled on a pole because he tried to destroy the Jews. 8 Now go ahead and send a message to the Jews in the king’s name, telling them whatever you want, and seal it with the king’s signet ring. But remember that whatever has already been written in the king’s name and sealed with his signet ring can never be revoked.”
9 So on June 25 the king’s secretaries were summoned, and a decree was written exactly as Mordecai dictated. It was sent to the Jews and to the highest officers, the governors, and the nobles of all the 127 provinces stretching from India to Ethiopia. The decree was written in the scripts and languages of all the peoples of the empire, including that of the Jews. 10 The decree was written in the name of King Xerxes and sealed with the king’s signet ring. Mordecai sent the dispatches by swift messengers, who rode fast horses especially bred for the king’s service.
11 The king’s decree gave the Jews in every city authority to unite to defend their lives. They were allowed to kill, slaughter, and annihilate anyone of any nationality or province who might attack them or their children and wives, and to take the property of their enemies. 12 The day chosen for this event throughout all the provinces of King Xerxes was March 7 of the next year.
13 A copy of this decree was to be issued as law in every province and proclaimed to all peoples, so that the Jews would be ready to take revenge on their enemies on the appointed day. 14 So urged on by the king’s command, the messengers rode out swiftly on fast horses bred for the king’s service. The same decree was also proclaimed in the fortress of Susa.
15 Then Mordecai left the king’s presence, wearing the royal robe of blue and white, the great crown of gold, and an outer cloak of fine linen and purple. And the people of Susa celebrated the new decree. 16 The Jews were filled with joy and gladness and were honored everywhere. 17 In every province and city, wherever the king’s decree arrived, the Jews rejoiced and had a great celebration and declared a public festival and holiday. And many of the people of the land became Jews themselves, for they feared what the Jews might do to them.
9 So on March 7 the two decrees of the king were put into effect. On that day, the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but quite the opposite happened. It was the Jews who overpowered their enemies. 2 The Jews gathered in their cities throughout all the king’s provinces to attack anyone who tried to harm them. But no one could make a stand against them, for everyone was afraid of them. 3 And all the nobles of the provinces, the highest officers, the governors, and the royal officials helped the Jews for fear of Mordecai. 4 For Mordecai had been promoted in the king’s palace, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces as he became more and more powerful.
5 So the Jews went ahead on the appointed day and struck down their enemies with the sword. They killed and annihilated their enemies and did as they pleased with those who hated them. 6 In the fortress of Susa itself, the Jews killed 500 men. 7 They also killed Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha, 8 Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha, 9 Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vaizatha— 10 the ten sons of Haman son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews. But they did not take any plunder.
11 That very day, when the king was informed of the number of people killed in the fortress of Susa, 12 he called for Queen Esther. He said, “The Jews have killed 500 men in the fortress of Susa alone, as well as Haman’s ten sons. If they have done that here, what has happened in the rest of the provinces? But now, what more do you want? It will be granted to you; tell me and I will do it.”
13 Esther responded, “If it please the king, give the Jews in Susa permission to do again tomorrow as they have done today, and let the bodies of Haman’s ten sons be impaled on a pole.”
14 So the king agreed, and the decree was announced in Susa. And they impaled the bodies of Haman’s ten sons. 15 Then the Jews at Susa gathered together on March 8 and killed 300 more men, a nd again they took no plunder.
16 Meanwhile, the other Jews throughout the king’s provinces had gathered together (to unite to fight) for their lives. They gained relief from all their enemies, killing 75,000 of those who hated them. But they did not take any plunder. 17 This was done throughout the provinces on March 7, and on March 8 they rested,celebrating their victory with a day of feasting and gladness. 18 (The Jews at Susa killed their enemies on March 7 and again on March 8, then rested on March 9, making that their day of feasting and gladness.) 19 So to this day, rural Jews living in remote villages celebrate an annual festival and holiday on the appointed day in late winter, when they rejoice and send gifts of food to each other.
20 Mordecai recorded these events and sent letters to the Jews near and far, throughout all the provinces of King Xerxes, 21 calling on them to celebrate an annual festival on these two days. 22 He told them to celebrate these days with feasting and gladness and by giving gifts of food to each other and presents to the poor. This would commemorate a time when the Jews gained relief from their enemies, when their sorrow was turned into gladness and their mourning into joy.
23 So the Jews accepted Mordecai’s proposal and adopted this annual custom. 24 Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews, had plotted to crush and destroy them on the date determined by casting lots (the lots were called purim ). 25 But when Esther came before the king, he issued a decree causing Haman’s evil plot to backfire, and Haman and his sons were impaled on a sharpened pole. 26 That is why this celebration is called Purim, because it is the ancient word for casting lots.
10 . 3 Mordecai the Jew became the prime minister, with authority next to that of King Xerxes himself. He was very great among the Jews, who held him in high esteem, because he continued to work for the good of his people and to speak up for the welfare of all their descendents.
NLT--taken from Bible Gateway
Scriptural Support for Decrees in the Book of Esther: chapters 8-10
1. Esther was strategically positioned so that she could petition the King for her people. We are also strategically positioned for “such a time as this” as we write decrees (4:13-14).
2. Mordecai is made Prime Minister, the greatest position of authority next to the King (Eph 2:6, Luke 9:1-2, Luke 24:47, Rev 3:21).
3. Mordecai was given a royal robe, crown of gold, and wore the colors of royalty: he is adopted into the status of royalty through his relationship with the King: (8:15).
4. The King is generous. In fact, the King longs for us to write decrees and take more than we can ever dream: he asked Esther five times, “ What do you want Queen Esther, up to half my kingdom?” (5:3, 5:6, 7:2, 8:4, 9:12) Our King is asking us this question as well. He waits expectantly for our answer!
5. The King holds out the golden scepter, and Esther rose and stood before him. Jesus makes intercession on our behalf (Rom 8:34, 1 st John 2:1). We have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father.
6. The enemy also writes decrees against us as God’s people. These decrees cannot be reversed but they can be overruled. Our role is to discern in relationship with Holy Spirit what the overruling will entail. Ps. 110:2 states, “Rule in the midst of your enemies.”
7. The King told Esther to “Send a message to the Jews in the King’s name, telling them whatever you want and seal it with the king’s signet ring” (8:5). All decrees must be written in Jesus’ name, and sealed with his signet ring which represents his authority.
8. The King told Esther to discern what to put in the decree: he gives us the invitation and the responsibility to do this. Imagine this, he trusts us to fulfill our role as kingdom partners!
9. Heavenly decrees can never be revoked so writing decrees must be taken seriously. Once they are written, the work is done.(8:8) We don’t have to keep asking. We can rest on the work of the decree accomplished through Jesus’ crucifixion (John 19:30—It is finished).
10. The King summoned his secretaries to write the decree as Mordechai dictated: we do it in partnership with the heavenly host (8:9) as we do it in the King’s name and sealed it with the signet ring: sign of King’s authority (8:10).
11. The decree goes out to all the heavenly realms for notification through swift messengers: angels (8:10, 13). Every faith community has an angelic host assigned to them to organize and lead this process (Rev 2-3: the 7 churches).
12. Mordecai’s decree called for the Jews to unite to fight : they are given permission to kill, slaughter, and annihilate anyone who threatened them (8:11, 9:5). We are also given permission to do this with the schemes of the enemy because he is seeking to kill, steal and destroy us: (John 10:10).
13. We should ask for unity in our decree by inviting others to agree with it in Jesus’ name (8:11).
14. At times, we may need to rise up in prayer to remind the enemy of his defeat. Once the decree is written it becomes a spiritual law, but our enemy may still decide to fight for his territory, which requires our “fight to defend our decree,” as the Jews had to fight to protect themselves from all who opposed them (8:11).
15. Mordecai’s decree also declared that the Jews could plunder the enemy: we are also called to take back what is rightfully the Lord’s (8:11, Is 61:8).
16. The stature and status of the Jews rose mightily because of the decree (8:16, 9:4). Decrees will increase our favor and influence with the world around us.
17. Decrees give us joy and peace as we rest in the finished work (8:16).
18. Harvest comes through decrees: many people became Jews (8:17).
19. The demonic realm will fear us as we make decrees and will be immobilized to come against us: (9:1).
20. We strike down our enemies with the sword: the Word of God (9:5). Including Scripture in your decree will ensure it is written within God’s will.
21. Esther asked the king to decree for yet another day, Jesus will follow up with an even bigger return: (9:13).
22. Satan’s defeat will be exposed publicly: the bodies of Haman and his sons were impaled on a pole (9:13).
23. Worship and Celebration is essential as we recognize what Jesus accomplished to fulfill these decrees: (9:17)
24. Mordecai carried authority next to the King, and used his authority to work for the good of his people and to speak up for the welfare of all their descendants (10:3). We have the same stature and call.
25. Our lives are not small and insignificant; we have authority to legislate laws in the spiritual realm.
The decree you will write tonight is a very sacred commitment between you and the Lord. Please take this very seriously by walking out the following steps:
1. Worship and Pray before writing it so you are in tune with the heart and mind of the King. (His heart represents his character, and his mind is represented through Scripture).
2. Write it and then read it through out loud, asking the Lord if there is anything else he wants to add. When you sense that he is pleased, recognize that he is stamping it with his signet ring of authority.
3. Dispatch it by sending the swift messengers (the angelic host).
4. Either scan it or type it on email to send to me to “Unite to Fight!” (the power of agreement) Esther 9:16
5. Rest, knowing that your decree has become law in the spiritual realms, and all things are being put in motion, even if you can’t seen it at the time.
6. It is not necessary to continue to speak out your decree. The work was already done when you decreed it. But, do re-read it to remind yourself what you decreed so you can be alert to the answer , as well as build your faith to continue to believe and agree with what the King led you to decree!
7. Send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can “Agree with you in Jesus name!”
This decree is written for: ___________________________________
This decree is written in the Name of King Jesus and in his authority and through his power. Angelic Troops stand ready to dispatch the decree into the heavenly realms to the rulers and authorities and to post it on the King’s palace wall.
I decree that Angelic Troops go now to dispatch this decree into the heavenly realms to the rulers and authorities and post it in the King’s palace.