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Principles of Governing

Then God blessed the man and woman, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen. 1:28)

“When Jesus had called the twelve together, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.” (Lk. 9:1)

Dominion is our natural stewardship of the planet! Its using the power and authority given freely by Christ to govern our sphere of influence. It is not enough to simply have the power to control things, if you do not have the right or authorization. For example, a person may have power to take someone’s car, but if he does not have the authority to do it, they are called a thief. On the other hand, a person may have the right or authority to take my car; but if he does not have the battery, he lacks the power to do it.

Jesus gave the Church both power and authority to govern as Kingdom representatives in this world, then He set the pattern for how to do it.

He said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12). The believer can do the miracles Jesus did and even greater than those seen through Him. Since Jesus gave us His power and authority, we simply have to look at what areas He showed dominion over.

Jesus showed dominion over:

  • Natural Problems (Mark 4:39)
  • Sickness and Diseases (Mark 2:10-12)
  • Evil Spirits (Mark 1:23-27)
  • Death (Luke 7:12-15)
  • Poverty (Matt 14:16-20)
  • Temptation (Heb 4:15)
  • Sin (Mark 2:10)

Jesus is our Example:

When you get a revelation of Jesus’ dominion you begin to recognize your own dominion. You will begin to speak to storm clouds, natural or spiritual. You will not put up with sickness and disease. You will drive out evil spirits. You will expect to live a long life. You will not worry over lack. You will resist temptation. You will not let the enemy condemn you for your past sins. This is dominion. When you find yourself overcome by these things in your life, then its time to exercise your dominion. The Apostle John said, “as He (Jesus) is, so are we in this world.” (1 Jn. 4:17)

Exercising Dominion is Governing:

Someone may ask, “So how do I exercise my dominion?” It is easy! You exercise dominion by governing your behavior… living to the Glory of God and choosing your words with the Holy Spirit’s influence. Renew your mind in the Words of Jesus… God’s Word! That’s right… you reign by releasing the Will of God over every situation! Look at how Jesus ruled… He said I do nothing on My own initiative… I only do what I see My Father do and speak what I hear My Father saying! (Jn. 5:19 & 8:28) And that is how He exercised dominion… through a life lived in the Glory of His Father!

He spoke to the winds and waves, “Peace! Be still!” And the storm obeyed Him. He said to the sick, “Be healed.” And His Word cured them. He used only His word to drive out demons and this shocked the people of His day (Mk. 1:27). When it came to death, He simply spoke, “I say unto you, get up.” And the dead listened. When the people were in need of food, He simply spoke a blessing and His blessing multiplied the loaves and fishes. How did He overcome temptation? Simply by saying to the devil, “It is written.” And when He saw a sinner condemned and sick He said, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” His words calmed the fears of the sinner, because they carried the dominion of His Father’s will. His words were sufficient in every situation. His words caused Satan to flee, because God stood behind them. Jesus consistently accessed the Glory of the heavenly realm and released God’s provision of health, deliverance and restoration.

Jesus consistently accessed the Glory Realm and released God’s provision of health, deliverance and restoration.

Disciples Govern the Same Way:

Obedience is evidence of our discipleship! Governing through our words and action requires us to carry a knowledge of the Truth and a love of His Presence. Jesus said that without Me you can do nothing, but if you abide in Me and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you (Jn. 15:5 & 7-8). Note that He goes on to say, by this His Father is glorified that you and I would bear fruit and prove our discipleship. Proving our discipleship is all about carrying out the will of God… dominion.

Jesus said, “if you abide in My words, you are My disciples indeed” (Jn. 8:31).

Governing With Words

Then God blessed the man and woman, and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen. 1:28)

“When Jesus had called the twelve together, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.” (Lk. 9:1)

Dominion is our natural stewardship of the planet! Its using the power and authority given freely by Christ to govern our sphere of influence. It is not enough to simply have the power to control things, if you do not have the right or authorization. For example, a person may have power to take someone’s car, but if he does not have the authority to do it, they are called a thief. On the other hand, a person may have the right or authority to take my car; but if he does not have the battery, he lacks the power to do it.

Jesus gave the Church both power and authority to govern as Kingdom representatives in this world, then He set the pattern for how to do it.

He said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12). The believer can do the miracles Jesus did and even greater than those seen through Him. Since Jesus gave us His power and authority, we simply have to look at what areas He showed dominion over.

Jesus showed dominion over:

  • Natural Problems (Mark 4:39)
  • Sickness and Diseases (Mark 2:10-12)
  • Evil Spirits (Mark 1:23-27)
  • Death (Luke 7:12-15)
  • Poverty (Matt 14:16-20)
  • Temptation (Heb 4:15)
  • Sin (Mark 2:10)

When you get a revelation of Jesus’ dominion you begin to recognize your own dominion. You will begin to speak to storm clouds, natural or spiritual. You will not put up with sickness and disease. You will drive out evil spirits. You will expect to live a long life. You will not worry over lack. You will resist temptation. You will not let the enemy condemn you for your past sins. This is dominion. When you find yourself overcome by these things in your life, then its time to exercise your dominion.

Exercising Dominion:

Someone may ask, ”So how do I exercise my dominion?” It is easy! You exercise dominion through the Glory of God and your words! That’s right! You reign by releasing the Will of God over your situation. Look at how Jesus ruled. He said I only speak what I hear My Father saying! And that is how He exercised dominion… through words from the Glory!

  • He spoke to the winds and waves, “Peace! Be still!” And the storm obeyed Him.
  • He said to the sick, “Be healed.” And His Word cured them.
  • He used only His word to drive out demons and this shocked the people of His day (Mk. 1:27).  
  • When it came to death, He simply spoke, “I say unto you, get up.” And the dead listened.
  • When the people were in need of food, He simply spoke a blessing and His blessing multiplied the loaves and fishes.
  • How did He overcome temptation? Simply by saying to the devil, “It is written.” 
  • And when He saw a sinner condemned and sick He said, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

His words calmed the fears of the sinner, because they carried the dominion of His Father’s will. His words were sufficient in every situation. His words caused Satan to flee, because God stood behind them. Jesus consistently accessed the Glory of the heavenly realm and released God’s provision of health, deliverance and restoration.

Disciples Govern with Words:

Governing through our words requires us to carry a knowledge of the Truth and a love of His Presence. Jesus said that without Me you can do nothing, but if you abide in Me and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you (Jn. 15:5 & 7-8). Note that He goes on to say, by this His Father is glorified that you and I would bear fruit and prove our discipleship. Proving our discipleship is all about carrying out the will of God… dominion. Jesus said, “if you abide in My words, you are My disciples indeed” (Jn. 8:31).

More Boldness

I want to bring a thought that has never been so real to me than in these recent days. In our Western Culture and particularly among Christians in the “Bible Belt”, people perceive offending someone as the worst sin in the world. I believe it stems from a disrespect for authority and a disregard for honor.

I have watched people of incredibly poor moral character come unglued when somebody gets corrected by a voice of authority around them.

Some people act like they are the spiritual truth police, when somebody gets their feelings hurt.

Oh my you just offended “Sister so-n-so” …why, who do you think you are… asking her to wait and share her comments at the end of the service? Its amazing to me to watch how hypocritical people can become.

Jesus dealt with this issue all of the time… from being misunderstood (Jn 10:6, 19-20) to accusations of blasphemy (Jn 10:33) to even plotting His death (Jn 11:53) and finally (without cause) crucifying Him. An innocent man – Pilate said “…I find no fault in Him.”

It is the character of the hypocrite to judge others more harshly than we judge ourselves(Mt 7:1-3).

“None is righteous, no not one…” says the Apostle Paul (Rom 3:10), altogether we find no person in the Bible who claimed to be perfect. Yet when it comes to offended people, there is probably more blood shed on that basis than any other problem in our world today. Let me add that many folks can become offended over the color of your socks.

So much of what we get offended by is not sinful behavior at all, but would be classified as somebody’s personal preference.

 I hear the words of Jesus when He addressed this issue, “hypocrites… you strain out a gnat and swallow a camel” (Mt 23:23-24). Interestingly Jesus in this passage is calling the Scribes and Pharisees “hypocrites” because they would pay their tithes in front of the crowds to be seen, yet they would omit the weightier issues of the Law like justice and honoring their parents or loving their neighbors.

I know people who have children they won’t even speak to, because they got offended by the choices they made that were different than their parents’ generation. The sad thing about this issue is that I do not believe it will change until Jesus returns.

Offense is a choice we make when we do not feel safe… we lash out or we hide away and allow our selfish heart to rule our behavior.

These feelings are toxic and are the root system of most division and strife that show up in our Christian fellowships. Note: the Pharisees in Jesus’ day chose to be offended because they believed Jesus was a threat to their position (Jn 11:48). They could not feel safe around His teaching and healing ministry because people were following Him… the system was unable to stretch to embrace the New Life found in His ministry.

The Prophet Jeremiah was told to rebuke the “Shepherds” who were preaching soft words, Elijah sternly dealt with the Prophets of Baal, John the Baptist commanded all the Jewish leaders to repent and bear fruit that showed an openness to the coming Messiah and now for some silly reason we cannot call each other into accountable relationships for fear of offending somebody’s feelings. Well, I say enough already its time to step out and declare the Truth of this generation’s failure with a willingness to repent and not hide behind our positional titles or achievements to keep peace at all cost. Like the early Apostles’ prayer after Peter was released from jail (Acts 4:29-31), we must seek God for more boldness

the kind that stirs up the feelings of the religious and shakes the atmosphere in those places we are called to have influence.

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