So I guess the new thing to discuss now is the people of God and their dominion. What does that mean? I can probably speak better on what it does not mean. And then I could probably give you valid examples as to why it doesn't work for many of us. I can then guarantee you will either agree or at least view the "domination" a different way.
Dominion is defined as the territory of a sovereign or government or complete control. Let me venture to say that this does not mean to dominate the way we have understood the definition of this word for so many years. Dominion for us can fall under one of the following three categories:
Authority - Genesis 1:26-28 tells us about when God created Adam and Eve, He placed them here with the intentions of them "taking dominion" over the earth. This simply means that they were to act as God's guardians over a brand new (infancy) creation. In this capacity we are protectors, not prosecutors (accusers).
Rulership - This reflects how God expected man to act when He entrusted them with great responsibility and leadership over each other and the animals. How we "rule" is important. Thinking that the something or someone is yours to do with as you will is out of God's character, therefore, also out of ours.
Stewardship - Simply put, we are utilizing and managing all resources God provides for us to use for His glory and the betterment of His creation.
How hard is that? Extremely! Because we have been taught that dominion means the power to direct, control, use and dispose of at pleasure; right of possession and use without being accountable; as the private dominion of individuals. Sounds familiar? Sound like anyone we may know or have come in contact with?
Though I am not limiting the definition of dominion to the three categories I have shared here, I must say that it helps to shine a light on some things in our lives as parents, spouses, leaders, and children of God. Dominion is not controlling. That is like unto witchcraft! How can you say that, Bird?! God gave us a very detailed description of the results of a controlling individual, and her name was Jezebel. Unfortunately, her influence was strong that a ungodly spirit is named after her. That says a lot!
If you are familiar with her story then you are aware she was a witch. In fact, it seems to me that any time one is defined as "out of control" in the Bible, they are operating through witchcraft. How so? I Samuel 15:23 says, "Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king." Well we know that rebellion means you are doing things your own way without His guidance. And just like Saul, we can be rejected as Kings over our dominions.
See, as a king one is responsible for the welfare of ALL the subjects, big and small, within your dominion. When you are not properly ruling your kingdom, many people suffer. I believe this was the message Christ came back with. "Hey! You're mucking it up! This is not how we rule the earth! Let me show you what the Father meant." And as usual, many people missed it. There are some who believe that Christ was not the Savior because He did not do it with a bang. What I believe is He did it the original way. Jesus came to change the way we think. He came to change the definition of having dominion to its original context. Having dominion starts with having the right relationship with the Father so we can protect, rule, and be good stewards over our kingdoms. So the next time you disagree with your spouse, have a conflict with your child, or just simply get caught off guard while roaming through your kingdom... Respond like a proper King or Queen. When in doubt, seek the Father's guidance. After all, we are only entrusted with what belongs to Him anyway. Be a good steward!
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