“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into light.” 1 Peter 2:9 Have you ever watched royalty? They live their lives in the public eye. They are required to attend certain events, dress a certain way, and act a certain way in public. They are taught how to act and dress from the time they are born. Sometimes I wonder if they ever have a private moment just to be themselves. They also have certain privileges given to them because of their royal status. They can influence the nation they rule and ultimately the world. They make policy and have the lives of millions of people in their hands. According to 1 Peter 2:9 we are also royalty. We are taught from the Word of God how we should act. We are to be a holy nation, set apart for the work of OUR King Jesus. We are to live blameless before the world. We are not to take our royalty as a chance to over through governments or rule over other people. We are supposed to submit to one another, governments, and masters. Wives are to submit to their husbands and men are to love their wives and care for their needs. Our kingdom is not of this world it is of the other world, the more important one, the spiritual world. We also have power to influence this world. As royal priests to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords we should have tremendous power. This power comes from the spiritual gifts that the Lord has bestowed on us. According to Romans 12 we have diverse gifts. These gifts include wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, tongues and interpretation. The Holy Spirit distributes each gift as He wills. Some people believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased because we have no more need for them. Well, the devil hasn’t ceased working so why would the Holy Spirit leave us with no defense against him? When the devil is thrown into the lake of fire forever then we will no longer have a need for the gifts of the Spirit. Ephesians 6:11 says, “We battle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.” Earthly royalty has great power in this world, but the real battle is in the heavenly places where WE rule with Christ. So we have the real power if we live a holy life submitted to the Lord, believe in the power God has given us, and use our gifts in service for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.