What does dominion even mean? And what is God’s strategy to apprehend it?
Dictionary.com defines dominion as “The power or right of governing…sovereign authority. Rule.”
Hebrews 2:7 tells us that God gave us dominion over His creation. Having made us a little lower in status than the angels for a little while, God crowned us with glory and honor and appointed us over the works of His hands.
The Greek Word for appointed here means “to set in order” and “to place down permanently,” to “ordain” and to “conduct” (Strong’s #2525). It means to “put in charge, give standing (authority, status), which enables someone to rule (exercise decisive force)” (HELPS Words-studies).
To rule and reign on earth as it is in Heaven is what God intended for us from the beginning, all the way back in Genesis 1:26-28. He created us last and set us first in place as having dominion over all else on earth.
It was given to us before it was handed over to the enemy of our souls by Adam and Eve. And now, because of the finished work of the cross, Jesus gave this power of authority back to us.
God’s Word assures us that we are at peace with Him now and that we share in His resurrection life (Ro 5:10). Therefore, we are free to be led by peace and operate in the power of Holy Spirit in us to receive and do good things, extraordinary things, even miraculous exploits. And many of them (Jn 14:12).
The divine appointment for Father’s gracious recompense has always been there. God’s love has always been there. His glory and honor have always been there. His plan to prosper us has always been there (Je 29:11-13).
I love what King David prayed in Psalm 119:133 TPT, which was to “Prepare before me a path filled with your promises, and don’t allow even one sin to have dominion over me.”
We know we can receive God’s promises and freedom from sin, because of Christ in us. As wisdom personified, He graciously enables us to experience abiding success. (1 Co 1:24).
Ephesians 1:11-12 AMP remind us of His good plan and purpose for us by saying, “In Him also we have received an inheritance [a destiny—we were claimed by God as His own], having been predestined (chosen, appointed beforehand) according to the purpose of Him who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him as our Lord and Savior] would exist to the praise of His glory.”
A couple of weeks ago, Holy Spirit highlighted the study note of Isaiah 33:23 TPT to me, which says, “yet God would be faithful to them…These are the spoils of the great victory of Christ, won for us through His death, resurrection, and ascension.”
What I believe our Lord revealed to me is that He has manifest “spoils of the great victory” for us and that these gifts require authenticity of heart and a true stepping up and out on His faith and peace.
Deep within us, we know what these gifts are, as we have held them in our hearts for what feels like a lifetime. As God has brought us into greater authenticity of heart in deeper relationship with Him, He is now releasing these gifts of spoils to us in a tangible way. He has been giving us confirmations, and we are about to see them manifest and made complete as our dominion.
Where there seemed to be no way in the past, God has not only made a way, He is revealing the way now as we move forward in His process for us. Our Lord is lining it all up and has opened the door and given all pertinent individuals involved the right heart to bring it to pass.
So, in order to receive God’s gifts that He has stored up for us in this season, we must continue to align with Him and His order of what He has set in place. We must believe and see and receive as He sees and reveals. We must trust Him, His good plan for us, believe in ourselves and be faithful.
I love how Galatians 5:22 in the Message version puts it. It says, “But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”
Proverbs 8:16 TPT says that Godly wisdom empowers “princes to rise and take dominion, and generous ones to govern the earth.” Two of the definitions of wisdom are “insight” and “skill” (Strong’s #7919, #8454, #2450, #4678).
As we abide in Him, God releases clarity of insight to us and directs us to be skillful to make us victorious operationally. We know this to come through relationship with Him (1 Co 13:12).
So, if you’re ready to step into more of what God has for you, pray with me, if you will…
Thank You for Your plan to prosper me. I invite You to reveal specifics of Your dominion strategy and Your wisdom to me for this season. Help me to apprehend all you have for me and nothing that’s not of You for Your glory.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
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