“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.” 1 John 5:4, NLT.
Way back in Genesis, God said, “Let us make a man – someone like ourselves, to be the master of all life upon the earth and in the skies and in the seas.” Genesis 1:26 TLB. The King James Version says it this way, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."
Notice that God expected Adam to have dominion over the earth. To have dominion is “to rule, govern, subdue, or manage”. Adam was to exert stewardship and ownership. This has always been God’s plan.
Before Adam sinned, he had vital communication with God and received revelation from God. When he sinned, however, that link was broken and Adam had to operate on information – things he perceived from his five senses.
But through the death and resurrection of Jesus, humankind can be reconnected to God. When we accept Jesus as our Saviour, we are born of God and created to do good works in Him (Ephesians 2:10).
In Mark 9:23, Jesus said to the father of the demon-possessed boy, “…What do you mean ‘if’? If you are able to believe, all things are possible to the believer” (TPT). And how do we believe? We believe with our heart, not our head. The mind only believes what it determines through the senses. Through our hearts, or spirit, we feed off the Word of God. Sometimes when we speak God’s Word, our mind can’t fathom it because to our head it’s impossible. This happened to Martha in the New Testament.
She came up to Jesus and basically said to Him that if He had been there earlier, her brother would not have died. How did Jesus answer her? He said that her brother would rise again (John 11:23).
It didn’t occur to Martha that Jesus planned to raise Lazarus right then and there. She thought Jesus was talking about the Last Day Resurrection. Martha looked at the situation in the natural. Jesus didn’t. “Martha,” Jesus said, “You don’t have to wait until then. I am the Resurrection, and I am Life Eternal” (John 11:25 TPT). Jesus said the same thing to Martha that God said to Moses in the Old Testament. He is the great I AM. He transcends time and space.
God has given us everything we need to live in victory in this life. Peter described it this way, “Everything we could ever need for life and godliness has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him…” (2 Peter 1:3 TPT).
As believers, we are citizens of the Kingdom of God. As Kingdom citizens, we are to manifest God’s will in this earth and draw people everywhere to be saved. We are to fulfill the dominion directive!
In this Blog, I want to share with you some of the things I've learned from many years of following Jesus.