To reign as kings means prosperity. To live for Jesus means the rather opposite. To give up all fleshy desires, and follow the King of Kings.
The Word of Faith teachers Kenneth Hagin is one of the main polluter of the so called Charismatic Pentecostal church today. One of his teaching CD´s has this tittle: «Reigning In Life As A King».
The explanation to this CD tells the story:
«Man was created to reign as a king in this life. God never intended that man be a slave to sin, bad habits, sickness, or anything that binds».
The Bible tells the exact opposite of what Kenneth Hagin does:
Jesus told us about His Kingdom, that is not of this World.
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
The King who rule on Earth before the King of Kings returns is Satan. The Bible explains that all the Earthly Kingdoms dwell in the Evil One.
1 John 5:19 (New King James Version)
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
Jesus also explained that those who wants to be his followers has to give up all kinds of Earthly fleshy desires, and follow Him.
In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
You cant do that if you are a disciple of a prosperity teachers in one of the Charismatic Churches. Find your self a Bible teachers who will tell you the truth.
The false teachers of the prosperity gospel often use this verse as their best defense of their doctrines.
1 Corinthians 4:8
Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have become kings—and that without us! How I wish that you really had become kings so that we might be kings with you!
Taken out of context, this verse can take you for a ride. If you do not read verse 9.
1 Corinthians 4:9
For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.
Paul did surely not want to leave his post as an Apostle, to join the apostate Church in Corinth and live like «a king». Paul was using irony in verse 8. The truth is that Paul him self was beheaded. And not only him. The other apostles, less John, was also killed in the spiritual battlefield.
The message of prosperity and fleshy success in what we do for Jesus on Earth is a dangerous deception, and must be rejected in all churches.
When you preach prosperity in the name of «Jesus», the World will love you. All of flesh wants to prosper. From the US to the land of India. There are many who wants you to follow such a «copy-cat Jesus». But at the end of the road, the true Messiah might have to tell you that He never knew you.
Matthew 7:22-24 (New International Version)
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Only when the Messiah comes back, He will reign as the King of Kings on Earth. Behold: The Lion of Judah is coming soon to judge the World.