What version of Dominion are you operating, the trial version or the unlimited/full?
In the beginning, God created heavens, the earth, sun, moon, stars, firmaments, night and day, trees and plants, animals; then he created man in His own image. Man had full control and dominion over everything, animals, plants – everything. We were to fill the earth and subdue it. So He (God) ruled the heavens and man ruled the earth.
Gen 2:19-20 KJV
19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
Man began exercising kingship on earth, God in all His supremacy had given the territories of the earth to man. Man was to do as he deemed fit. When God made the animals, Adam (the first man) named them. Whatever Adam chose to name them, that was their name forever. Adam also named the helper God made for him – woman.
Then, man lost it. There was a coup and he was overthrown by a fallen angel – Lucifer.
God gave man freedom to do everything except one – eating of the fruit of good and evil (knowledge of good and evil). Lucifer convinced the woman to have a bite, she invited Adam to have a bite too and the rest is history (I wish they were on a fast that day sobs). So from that moment onwards, man (and woman) ‘gained’ knowledge of good and evil, having of course lost control of their territory to the mastermind of the coup, Lucifer. Satan wasn’t bluffing when he tempted Jesus saying “I’ll give it all to you, if you will only kneel and worship me”.
Matthew 4:8-9 KJV
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
In Kenneth Hagin’s book, The Art of Prayer where he talked about Jesus’ temptation, he mentioned it wouldn’t have been a temptation if it wasn’t true. Satan knew Jesus was well aware of his (Satan’s) custody of the dominion, he was also aware of Jesus’ mission to restore all things but he had no idea how. Satan was offering Jesus a quick and easy way (which truly was a bait, imagine God bowing down to Satan, ok don’t imagine that). That trick worked on the 1st man – Adam, definitely not on the second Adam – Jesus. Halleluia!
Why won’t God just reclaim the dominion by veto? I think that would have taken dominion away forever from both Satan and man. God had a plan, legit plans to claim possession and not break any rules. In a way, Satan earned the dominion he craftily got from Adam. God’s gift to Adam was sold out to the devil by Adam, God decided to buy it back. The devil eventually sold it back to God without knowing it! God paid for it with His own blood! Had Satan been aware of this strategy, he wouldn’t have accepted payment ever! 1 Corinthians 2:8 explains this fact.
1 Cor 2:8 KJV
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
So, God having bought back dominion and all authority gave man a second shot at taking charge at a price (which he indeed already paid fully). All man needed was to agree and sign over the dominion rights. The little trouble man has now found himself in is that we just mostly click agree, accept and sign without reading the terms and conditions afterwards. What you’re signing is a loaded package, with awesome benefits you may never enjoy or partake of if you do not know of their existence. You have all dominion and authority in Christ once you believe, but you can only wield as much of it as you know. This kind of knowledge is not infused or installed, you have to check it out yourself and discover. We heard of how some slaves served their masters even after a declaration of freedom was made because they were not aware of the declaration. Their masters (who were aware) kept it away from them as much as possible; same thing the devil tries to do – that’s the only strategy he has left, he has accepted payment for dominion and has lost custody. But if he can somehow prevent his slaves from realising this transaction, they can continue serving him!
Ignorance isn’t always bliss!
Dominion and control is not for a selected few, it is for all believers.
Ps 149:5-9 KJV
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; 7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; 8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; 9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord
This honour, to execute judgement and bind principalities and enforce dominion belongs to all his saints (faithful ones).
cf Matt 18:18 KJV
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
You can execute and enforce dominion by the words of your mouth as well.
Psalm 149:6 (refer to text above);
Rev 12:11 KJV
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
If you are still wondering why Evil still thrives in the world, God is not to blame. He rules in the heavens and wants us to rule on earth. Many of us have leased out our dominion to the devil, he has as much power as we allow him and did I tell you he is a ruthless enforcer! Give him a millimetre, he’ll take 10 miles.
Rev 12:12 KJV
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
He knows how short his time is – we think he has all the time. He will take and use as much power as you let him have. When bad things happen, we are quick to believe it is God’s will or it is because God allowed it. My friends, I don’t think so, we allowed it. The devil wouldn’t dare take an iota of God’s power, but he tugs constantly at ours and he has some when we let him. Stop blaming God, use your power.
We believe things like rain, weather, natural disasters to be acts of God isn’t it? Let me remind you that Elijah was a man of like passion – a man under the old covenant (Jesus was yet to buy back dominion for us with his blood at this time). He commanded the rains to cease over Israel for 3 and a half years, and it was so. The rains returned when he gave the word. God didn’t instruct him to, neither did God counter his decree.
James 5:17-18 NLT
17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! 18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.
1 Kings 17:1 NLT
Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, “As surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!”
He (Elijah) had power, and yes he knew how to use it. So why do those of us under the new covenant who have dominion signed over to us live like slaves in our own kingdom. Remember Joshua who was at war, and needed an extension of the regular 24hrs daily? He commanded the sun to stay still and chill, the sun obeyed! I saw you do that ‘yimu’ but it’s ok.
Josh 10:12-13 NLT
On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said,
“Let the sun stand still over Gibeon,
and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”
13 So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies.
The bible to me isn’t a work of literature, but a record of events that actually happened. You don’t have to see it that way, it’s not a must, but please do or just try to. Think on these, think!
As long as he is here, he keeps working and we keep letting him. His impact is felt just as much as we let him.
Eph 2:2 KJV
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
There is an appointed time for us to be totally rid of him, he is aware, are you? Even while his time of judgement is not yet here, we can bind him into inactivity till he is carted away.
The evil we see in the world today is the result of one or two or three people’s allowance/lease to the devil or their refusal to take charge in dominion or their unguided basking in the bliss of ignorance.
So will you take charge today or you’ll keep collecting rent for lease of your dominion?
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