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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).

Amazing Riches

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Eph. 1:3)

When anyone accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior they are instantly enriched with every spiritual blessing in Christ. They are complete in Him (Col 2:10) and connected to the amazing riches found in Him. This idea of being “in Christ” is the key reality toward discovering the “relational path” that leads to God’s amazing riches. Freedom, fruitfulness, wisdom, peace and joy all come as precious treasures accessed through our posture in Christ. Our greatest needs can be met and our deepest thirst satisfied, but we must access the riches of Heaven through living in Christ.

Its so simple, many miss it.

Becoming a Child of God is a beautiful gift; but, because it is freely given, it is often taken for granted or misunderstood as some religious formula. Access to the relational blessings of God requires us to place our trust in the finished work of Calvary and then follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

When God raised Jesus from the grave, He was demonstrated His power over sin and death… defeating these enemies once and for all. God proved His power over the poverty that was released through sinful acts of rebellion that brought brokenness into God’s original plan for creation. Although everything was effected by sin, God has made a path that leads to restoration and recovery of all that has been lost. Sin has been defeated and in Christ, forgiveness and freedom have been made available through our walk in the Spirit. Did you catch that? Its through our walking in the Holy Spirit that we access the riches found in God’s gift of salvation. The Bible clearly says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Rom 8:1).

The Believer’s walk in the Spirit:

For the many Christians who live without victory over sin, poverty, fear and brokenness; I want to suggest they look deeply at their walk in the Spirit. Jesus makes it clear that it was better that He go away, because the Holy Spirit would offer a greater opportunity for accessing the things of God, than He was able to in His bodily form. The Holy Spirit would reveal the riches of God’s power and make them available as we move freely in faith and trust. Accessing the riches of our salvation is all about the Spirit, filling us and leading us into growing relationship with God. Our victory and satisfaction come out of this blessed relationship.

Life in the Spirit reveals Blessing:

The Apostle Paul refers to this blessing as “the unfathomable riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8). Unfathomable means “past finding out” or ”unsearchable”. The idea is that the believer’s blessing is too deep to be measured. The amazing riches in Christ are beyond our ability to wrap our minds around. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful reality to experience… more blessing than you could wrap your mind around? When we begin to live as Children of God, we become aware of the amazing riches beyond our natural imagination… riches revealed to us by the Holy Spirit and made available as we live by faith. Listen to this promise from the heart of God, your Father…

“Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.” (Isa. 61:7)

  1. Instead of shame… receive your double honor!
  2. Instead of confusion… receive your double portion!
  3. Instead of poverty… receive double your possessions!

God’s amazing riches are your supernatural inheritance… in Christ!

Language of Hunger

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

When you’re hungry and thirsty, you’ll press into the things of God and become a prime target for God’s blessings. God will fill you with His Spirit. Spiritual hunger helps you continue being filled. Spiritual hunger is the key ingredient to plug into the anointing and receive God’s touch. If there is no hunger, there is no infilling. We’re hungry for God’s Word, and the fullness of the Holy Spirit, to live in God’s perfect will all the time, to always be in right fellowship with the Father. Spiritual hunger is key to spiritual progress. Jesus wants us to recognize the language of spiritual hunger and thirst… its not just desperation, but it does go beyond common passion!

The language of hunger defines your relationship with God!

  • Acknowledging your need of Him
  • Expressing your passionate desire for Him
  • Fervency in prayer and worship

Moses used the language of hunger when he said to God, “Show me Your Glory” (Ex 33:18). David spoke in these terms when he wrote, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, oh God. My souls thirsts for God, for the Living God. When shall I come and appear before God.” (Ps. 42:1) or “Oh God You are My God; early will I seek You, my soul thirsts for You, my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water” (Ps. 63:1). The Church in Acts used the language of hunger when they raised their voices in prayer, crying out to God for boldness to speak out His word, and for God to release His power in signs and wonders (Acts 4:23-31).

The language of hunger does not only consist of words and prayer… it is the act of pursuing intimacy and encounters with God.

Jesus Taught us to use the Language of Hunger:

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you… If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Lk. 11:9-13)

We Speak as Sons and Daughters:

Jesus reminds us that our hunger is not that of the impoverished, and not that of an orphan. We are not asking from a mentality of poverty, lack or spiritual abandonment. No! Our Father is present, ready and generous… He loves to give to those who call upon Him. We ask from the revelation of knowing we are sons and daughters. The heart of our God yearns for relationship. We are created to have intimacy with Him and to partner with Him as we go about “…our Father’s business” (Lk. 2:49).

So rejoice and thank God for rewarding us in our hunger and thirst… He daily offers us His benefits (Ps. 68:19). Wake up to the reality of how blessed you are and begin to see the Kingdom resources you have available to you. Know that you are complete in Christ and ask your Father for all that your heart desires, for yourself and for others. For with Him there is always more. Your Father delights in you and your desire to encounter Him… to receive all that He has made available to you. His hand is open. He waits for you to ask in an attitude of faith, expectancy and reliance.

How you speak demonstrates your readiness to receive!

For His Purpose

Releasing the purposes of God East Africa

Releasing the purposes of God in East Africa

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 Jn. 3:8)

Woven into the context of Christ’s purpose for being manifest in the flesh, is an incredible revelation… sinning is in agreement with the devil’s plan for your life! In contrast, the alternative that Christ offers… is freedom from sin and freedom from the deceptive works that the devil continues to release in the earth. Jesus instructed His disciples to pray for the release of heaven’s authority and power… “on earth as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:10). As we pray then, we are actually praying for heaven to touch earth… to break the power of sin and free us from the residue of its effect on our lives.

Think about it – when Jesus came He brought His world into focus, so that it could be understood and stand in direct contrast to the devil’s schemes. Jesus was offering us freedom and empowerment to influence the world in which we live. He demonstrated the Kingdom of God on earth every time He touched a leper or healed a cripple! His example expressed God’s goodness, love and power; through signs and wonders, miracles and supernatural manifestations. This experience of Kingdom life (Acts 10:38) was meant to be training and basic discipleship for believers to do the same on earth today (Jn. 14:12). This was the purpose and we must embrace it!

A Kingdom Mandate:

His purpose is our destiny… and we must be clear in our understanding of His heart. I believe it is safe to say that there is no sickness in heaven, and therefore; it no longer has free reign to rule over the “People of Promise”! Also, there is no poverty, depression, disease or hopelessness in heaven. What this means is that we have a real Kingdom mandate to proclaim. A new day, free from the oppression of the enemy has arrived… if we (as citizens of heaven) can see it and pursue it in faith. God’s message of Christ’s victory must be released in the nations and a new discipleship must take place. Jesus commissioned His followers with these words: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons: freely you have received, freely give” (Mt. 10:8)(Mt. 28:18-20).

Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ

His Purpose is Our Model:

I remember when I became a new Christian – I was told what “not to do”. I was taught that I needed help… as a “sinner” I needed to be “perfected”, before I could be of use to God. In hindsight, there was too much emphasis on me, my ability, and my religious performance. According to the Apostle John, Jesus had a purpose that He accomplished in my life and it was sufficient. His purpose was to “…destroy the works of the devil”. The word purpose in Greek is the word “tupos” and it means “model or imitation”. The truth is clear, that when Jesus was destroying the works of the devil; He was demonstrating a reality of the Kingdom for us to imitate every day. When we are given an assignment by the Holy Spirit, it is with purpose and we are being called to imitate Christ… “to destroy the works of the devil”. In fact, this is one of the ways in which we are able to give Him glory – by imitating Him!

Identifying with Kingdom Purpose:

Satan is evil – we must stop imitating him. However, he is always targeting us with lies that kill God’s purpose (Jn. 10:9-10), as he did Eve in the Garden. He is attempting to cause us to doubt our identity in Christ. If we believe opposite of who we are, (i.e.; sons and daughters of the King and made in His divine image), we become powerless to fully imitate God. Why is that? It is because when we doubt our identity in God, we also doubt our ability to be demonstrators of His power. The two go hand-in-hand. In fact, knowing who you are in Christ empowers you with heaven’s authority to demonstrate His purposes around you!

Let me repeat that word… “knowing who you are in Christ empowers you with heaven’s authority to demonstrate His purposes around you!”

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).

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