More and more people are discovering my book The King’s Woman through word of mouth. I have hardly advertised it and yet it is wonderful to here positive and encouraging responses from readers. Below is an excerpt from this book and if you want to read more you can place your order at simsonmedia.com
Enjoy reading this snippet from Chapter 21.
“If Jesus is the King, why do we need leaders?
The Kingdom of God provides ample space for women to be freed from sin and become and be all that God wants them to be. In the Kingdom, even stones could cry out if humans remained silent. How much more does God desire for his precious daughters to rise up, fly, speak, minister, prophesy, plant churches, drive out demons and do all he commanded them to do. The Kingdom of God is not an order-free zone, an anarchy like Israel in the days of Judges, without any human king, while stubbornly rejecting God as their King. In the Kingdom of God, God rules. It is the domain of his uncontested rule. And one of these rules in the Kingdom is, “Wives, submit to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything” (Eph 5:22-24). The act of submission of a wife to her husband is very crucial to the Church, since a submitted wife is the only model that God has on earth to demonstrate on a personal level how the ekklesia, on a more corporate level, submits to Christ. Satan, who rebelled against God, is still out there attacking all wives that lend him their ears. He contaminates them with his demonic cry for equality. His biggest lie is, “You are as much the head as your husband. You don’t need to submit; you rule, you lead, you govern, you guide and you control. Don’t submit, and please do not model submission!” He knows that this would put the entire religious church at the risk of waking up to the truth and order of God and slipping out of his fingers! Remember, women are his direct threat and enemy. Satan doesn’t want her to align to the order of God. If she does, his rule will come to an abrupt end.
Jesus submitted to God before he even became a human being. This kind of submission required absolute obedience and total sacrifice. “Your Kingdom come (not mine), your will (mot mine) be done on earth as in heaven” (Mt 6:10), he prayed. What blueprint of submission do we need to copy here on earth from heaven if not his submission of absolute obedience and total sacrifice? If Jesus is the King and rules over all of us, why bother about who leads whom? He will create just the exact place and space for all of us, men and women alike, to function properly under his headship. The whole concept of leadership, with which the religious church is so obsessed, is only created because Christ is effectively de-throned as King and therefore not the undisputed leader of his ekklesia. The New Testament does not even provide us with the concept of human leaders, male or female, in the ekklesia, or worse, with a pyramidal hierarchy of “leadership levels.” The Greek word hegemon used in Heb 13:7,17,24 and often translated “leader” is far better translated “the one who stands up first”, similar to presbyter (which means elder) or episkopos (which means bishop), and not “leader”, which suggest a hierarchy: those that are led are under the directives of the ones leading them. The term hegemon even appears in Lk 22:26 in the meaning of servant. If Jesus is not our leader, his leadership, of course, is desperately missed. This vacuum has been taken over by human leaders, who now endlessly discuss if men should lead women, if women should lead men and who should ordain whom. In the absence of Jesus and his Kingship, religious people of all times look up to something else to lead them all, their founder, their superstructure, their denomination, their leadership group, and discuss with enormous effort how such a self-imposed superstructure should look like.
In the Kingdom, such disputes are futile, because the case is settled. If Jesus Christ is our King, then all of his people are his subjects and do as they are told; end of discussion. Submission is our natural human response to his Kingship. If we do not understand this, we have not understood the Kingdom at all. And that means we cannot be hidden in his Kingdom, whether we are men or women. This is probably the biggest reason why so many self-declared leaders and preachers feel they have to parade their status and promote themselves and push their ministry with everything they have got. Nothing is more alien to the Kingdom than such a behavior.
If we accept through our submission and practical obedience the fact that Jesus is our King and therefore our hiding place, all our desire to prove ourselves, to show the world what we’ve got, all that flexing of our spiritual muscles, all that selling and marketing of ourselves, implodes and becomes futile. Because there is so much a better way – the Kingdom way.”
This is the continuation of the last post.
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop — a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
In this parable, Jesus emphasizes that the seed is not the problem. The gospel of the Kingdom is not the problem, but the ground. According to the parable above, statistically speaking, 1/4th of those who hear the gospel of the Kingdom will misunderstand it, or misinterpret it for church, or Christian business, or even heaven — somewhere far up there, unreachable at this moment. 1/4th of those who hear the gospel of the Kingdom will quickly accept it, run ahead and build shallow kingdoms that will wither away pre-matured. They will leave behind a “burned earth” where it will be impossible to sow Kingdom seeds anymore. The moment such a ground hears the word “Kingdom,” it shuts the door and shows a cold shoulder. 1/4th of those who hear the gospel of the Kingdom will choke the life out of the seeds that are sown through their never ending pessimistic, sarcastic comments, empty arguments, and useless debates of “what ifs” and “what if nots.” Such grounds are often visible in facebook and blog comments. Ego, fear, worries, doubts, jealousy, and the deception of riches and wealth, name and fame, literally kill the seeds of the gospel of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus, the Sower of Kingdom seeds, explains in the parable in Matthew 13:3-8 that only about 1/4th will understand the gospel of the Kingdom of God and will die thoroughly to ego to produce a crop that is multipliable. “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.” Kingdom seeds must die in order to have Kingdom growth. Dying is not cheap; it does not come easy. The seed cast to the ground is buried under dark, wet, and cold dirt. It remains hidden, away from spotlights and microphones. It begins to decay. No one knows, no one recognizes, and no one cares! It has to die to its Self, its image, its identity. And even when the time comes to present itself to the world, you don’t see it ever in its old form. It is no more a seed; it germinates. When everyone else is waiting to see it break forth out of the ground, it grows pushing downwards, taking deep roots first, to build a firm anchor to carry the truth and to withstand the weeds. Then the unimpressionable, (not to be taken seriously and easy to reject) vulnerable tender stalk sprouts. It has to survive the scorching heat, storms and hail, a hard period of growth. Sometime later, the head comes out, with hopes of multiplication — the full kernel in the head. And the same process repeats again. His Kingdom grows on earth. Kingdom seeds have the potential to produce a crop – a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
Not everyone who says, “kingdom, kingdom” understands the Kingdom. Just like many who say, “Lord, Lord” also do not understand what that Lord says; otherwise they may eventually obey and do what that Lord says!
Jesus was born as a savior but he is to return as the acting King. While on earth, he preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God. To enter it, he says, requires a radical repentance. “Repent, for the Kingdom of God has come.” Repent means, stop doing what you have been doing so far, turn around and return to the orders of the King. Repent, because he is the King and we are not! Most of the King’s parables on the Kingdom of God do not end delicately but they end with fierce consequences. Repent…, “or else you will be thrown into a fiery furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!” The Kingdom of God is not a sphere where we can play our little games of kings and queens. We may play our own games in the churches, but not so in the Kingdom. In the churches, one can notice an awkward absence of sermons on repentance and obedience. Its the cheap grace and love, isn’t it? But listen to what Jesus says, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments” (Jn 14:15). And one of his commandments is, “Repent!”
Jesus never stopped scattering his Kingdom seeds. The question to answer is what ground are we? If we are anything other than the good soil, we should know what to do.
A friend of mine posted this inspiring video on her facebook, I am sharing it here as an encouragement.
Dear blog readers,
It has been a long time since I wrote on this site. You may have wondered what is going on. Well, I have been writing a book called, “The King’s Woman — Beautiful and Dangerous.” This is about the Bride of Christ who needs to get herself ready soon to celebrate the wedding feast with her King Jesus. Eve, the first woman chose her own desire above her Creator’s order and fell from her position. The people of Israel, to whom God declared through the prophet Isaiah, “For your Maker is your husband — the Lord Almighty is his name (Isa 54:5), also fell short of the marriage covenant with God, and ran after other men like Assyria, Egypt, and Babylon for her protection and provision. Later, through the prophet Jeremiah, God in agony called out for her. “Return, faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband (Jer 3:14). God doesn’t want to be just our savior alone; no, he wants to marry us and live among us. He wants to be our Head, our King! Israel rejected God to be their King and they chose one of them, (just one head taller than the rest) to rule over them. However, God doesn’t give up easily. Ever since, he is patiently pursuing passionately after his hard-to-catch woman. He has been gathering her from all corners to be his Bride. He wants her to be one with him. He wants her to pull together with him in his mission. She is beautiful for him and dangerous to his enemy. More on this in my book, now available to order both as e-book and as hard cover copy at: http://simsonmedia.com/product/mercy-simson-the-kings-woman/
I have not just written a book; together with my husband and our oldest son, Jan, (pronounced “Yan”) we have started a publishing media that is dedicated to preach the gospel of the Kingdom. In the year 2009, God gave us an apostolic mandate to gather a certain group of people to Antioch. As we sought the Lord collectively, he spoke a number of things to us. You can see a summary of this in the picture here. At the very end of our meeting, God told us to tarry for a while just like Noah had to tarry until the water had dried up from the earth before he could launch out of the ark. Since the meeting in Antioch, we have now tarried for about 5 years and it looks like the water has dried up and God is allowing us to come out of our hiding. He has given us eight seeds into our hands to plant anew. One of them is 1) Humble Submission, which is the message of the book, “The King’s Woman” and the other is 2) Loving Obedience on which Wolfgang Simson has written a book, “The Constitution of the Kingdom” (at the moment available only in German). These seeds need to fall on Kingdom ground to produce multipliable Kingdom fruit. More on this, in the next post. All these resources will be available in http://simsonmedia.com
We just sent out a mail to our friends which is causing a good discussion to the above mentioned topic. You can read the mail right here: reconfiguringchurch_simson.pdf and share your part to the discussion. Please feel free to share this with your friends, churches and mission organizations.
P. S. I just want to add and say thank you to those who are sending in the comments. Please use the e mail given in the pdf to share in the discussion so I don’t have to redirect them.
I am not the kind of person who watches TV shows like this. My husband emailed me the link saying, ‘you got to watch this’. I looked at it and thought, ‘a 7 minute youtube video! That is too long!’ Anyway, I clicked on the play button and I watched it. I silence my words now and let you watch it yourself.
All of a sudden, my eyes were weeping and my nose was running. My 22 year old son next to me exclaimed, “You are crying watching an old lady dance salsa!” Yes, I was overwhelmed. The Spirit of God impressed on me something about his bride. He dreams of her. He has equipped her from birth to be who she is supposed to be. But she gave it up after much abuse. Her past story tells us that she was persecuted in the very beginning. She fled Jerusalem. She had to compete with other philosophies and heresies within her. She was chopped up into different doctrines. She was confined to monastic orders. They made her into something that she is not – a theology! Those who defended her were martyred. Then those that wished to represent her hung titles on themselves like ‘pope’ and ‘archbishop’, discrediting her very being. They crowned emperors in her dwelling and launched tragic crusades ravaging innocent and ignorant people in her name. All she wanted was to be his bride.
Politics and institutions wasted her. The power of the institutions strengthened and the poor in her suffered and those who stood for the truth, burned in stakes. Reformation began, movements started, suppression increased and persecution continued. She ran disoriented and lost, not knowing who she really is. She was later dressed in new terms like ‘confessions’ and ‘denominations’. People liked her new clothes and made a global business out of it called ‘mission’ to export these clothes to other nations. She is not a business. She is not a theology. She is not a confession. She doesn’t play politics or institutions. She is not a denomination or a doctrine. She has sacrificed much too much to be everything to everybody. What she really wants is her bridal dress.
She has travelled such a long journey. She is so tired, almost exhausted. Her clothes are smelly and worn out. Yes, she may look wasted and useless; she may look old and wrinkled, But somewhere deep within she has hope. She has hidden her strength to one day shock every institution, theology, politics, every title and doctrine. Watch out! Her moment will come! She will clothe in her spotless bridal dress and her youth will be renewed. She will steal the show because she remembers who she is – his bride.