“Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
– Genesis 1:26-28
Dominion begins with knowledge.
The original dominion was given to Adam in the Garden when he was asked to be fruitful and to multiply and to replenish the earth, and to subdue it and have dominion over it. Man however lost his dominion in Adam’s treasonable felony, when he fell to Satan’s trickery. Adam knew God’s instructions not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which would result in sure death (Genesis 2:17). However, when the woman ate the fruit and gave it to him to eat, he did eat. Immediate change ensued.
“And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” – – Genesis 3:7
Dominion was lost because the ability to disseminate good and evil is too much for mankind, so the same skill that googles good things also googles bad things, and the dilemma increases as to how to control perverted knowledge.
Power switched back.
Satan became the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4; Matthew 4:8-9). Jesus had to come as the last Adam, as the life-giving spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45). The Word became flesh (John 1:14), and as the son of man, His full humanity enabled him to redeem man from His entrapment (Galatians 4:4). Through His death and resurrection, Jesus stripped Satan of all his powers (Colossians 2:15), switching it back to us (Matthew 28:18-19; Luke 10:19). For emphasis, power was switched back to us over 2,000 years ago. We, with Jesus, and not without Him, have the dual signatory to wield the power of God (John 14:13-14). This is a safeguard to ensure that the power never gets back again to the devil, ever. Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we have access to the power of the blood of Jesus, to the power of the Holy Spirit and reconciliation with the Father. The Holy Spirit gives us fruit – love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness and faithfulness. Through these, we are guided by the Holy Spirit, and so the corrupt nature acquired through the fall no longer has dominion over us.
Does the will of God automatically happen?
If this were the case, there would be no need for us to pray or to resist the devil(James 4:7). More importantly, by now the salvation of the whole world, which is God’s greatest desire and dream (1 John 2:2; John 3:16) would have happened. But we know that no one gets saved unless witnessed to by someone. God will not infringe upon the free moral agency of any man. Allow me to add: the common idiom, “What will be, will be!” is not Christian doctrine.
And no, Satan is not God’s puppet on a string. God is not the one who unleashes Satan on people to cause havoc in their lives. Two critical texts here are James 4:7 and Romans 6:16:
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”
This is powerful! It is up to you who you submit to and whose power you wield, whether God’s or the devil’s. You are a free moral agent. You have the revolver. You can either use it to protect yourself, or you can leave it lying there and be praying to God, asking Him to do what He has already empowered you to do! He has commanded you to resist the devil and to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).
Spiritual warfare is what takes place between two undefeated warriors. Satan and his cohorts have been defeated. Well, Colossians 2:15 tells us that not only has he been defeated and stripped of all his powers, but he has also been paraded in disgrace. All he lives by is the ignorance of believers. We are the ones who give him more recognition than he deserves! We are the ones in honor, but we don’t know who we are. Psalm 49:20 says:
“A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, is like the beasts that perish.”
God has made us into gods (Psa 82:6). Even Jesus reminds us in John 10:34:“You are gods.” You are what God says you are, a god.
We should be better able as believers to know the difference between proponents of evil and the Spirit of God.
Every spirit that confesses Jesus Chris iss come in the flesh is of God….We are of God: he that knows God hears us, he that is not of God does not hear us. Hereby we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
– 1 John 4:2,6
Spiritual authority requires knowing the difference and acting upon it. Remember God said, “replenish and subdue the earth.” Believers have an effect on their environment.Through love of God and knowledge, we are empowered to take hold of every situation and cast evil out of it!
Enforce your authority.
God placed you here to occupy it till He returns (Luke 19:13). You are to bring heaven to earth. Matthew 6:10 proclaims:
“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
There is no sickness, lack, or oppression in God’s kingdom. Wherever you spot these, root them out completely (Luke 10:19).How do you do this? With the creative force and power of spoken words (Proverbs 18:21; Hebrews 1:3). Proverbs 18:21 is very specific about this:
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Don’t say what you see. Say what you want, keep saying them, don’t quit, victory is sure!! (Mark 11:23-24) You have all the authority of Heaven and Earth backing you.
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”
– Matthew 28:20
You are royalty. Occupy your place. You are unstoppable.