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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).

Anticipation

“And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.” (Exod. 12:11-12)

A few years ago, my ministry trips outside of the United States were becoming more frequent. In order to save time, I purchased duplicates of items that I use every day in other nations and now keep them packed in a suitcase ready to go. That suitcase, kept in our spare closet; is there in anticipation of any upcoming trips.

What is Anticipation?

In our culture today, the word “anticipation” has been reduced to mean a feeling of expectation. However, the original meaning of the term, had to do more with action and preparation. To anticipate is “to foresee and act in advance of something”. The old English word comes from Latin (‘anticipare’), which meant to “take care of something ahead of time” or literally “taking into possession beforehand”. It is this original meaning that I believe the Holy Spirit is bringing to my attention. To anticipate something means that we intentionally see and act, based on an invisible reality… like hope or belief.

Anticipation is a Powerful Biblical Principle!

In Exodus 12, Moses instructs the Israelites to get ready for their immediate exodus from Egypt. They were to eat the Passover lamb in anticipation of something big. They were to get prepared, by clothing themselves and having a staff in their hand, so they would be ready to go on their journey. Everything was about to change. Sometimes I hear God saying, “Get ready! It is time to move!” That’s when I must know how to properly “anticipate” my next steps. I love the fact that God promises to order the steps of the righteous man! I believe God wants to encourage us to stir up anticipation for what He is going to do on a spiritual level, on a practical level and on a ministry level.

4 Powerful Principles of Anticipation:

  • 1st. Anticipation Is An Expression Of Faith!

Anticipation is about preparing and making room for what you know is yours by faith. It is getting ready for what God has told you is coming. Noah began building the ark—a large boat—in anticipation of a flood. Hebrews tells us, ‘By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.’ (Heb 11:7) We know that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). Anticipation is an expression of faith. Anticipation comes with evidence. It may be invisible in the natural, but it is visible on the inside… and it is powerful!

Ten people gather to pray for rain in a time of drought. One person brings an umbrella… that’s anticipation!

  • 2. Anticipation Will Attract Opposition:

Anticipation is so powerful that the enemy will try and prevent it. Anticipation attracts resistance. Nehemiah discovered this when their enemies schemed to stop him from rebuilding the walls and gates of Jerusalem’s city. They tried to distract Nehemiah from his work by calling a meeting with him and secretly planning to harm him. However, Nehemiah simply sent a message, “I am carrying on a great project… Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” (Neh. 6:3). Remind yourself that anticipation must be bold and audacious at times. At other times, anticipation will consist of just taking the next small step by faith. At times its an act of warfare, in the midst of trial or at a season of extreme darkness… but it is often going to be resisted. When the going gets tough, you may feel like giving up. Step up and face your oppressor! You are in the process of moving toward your destiny or dream… and you need to persevere!

Power is released when you continue anticipating during difficult times!

  • 3. Anticipation Is Key To Restoration:

When something or someone has been lost, God’s plan is to restore all that the enemy has stolen… all that is broken or in shambles. Judah’s leaders had ceased anticipating the completion of the second temple in Jerusalem. For 17 years, the temple foundations lay in neglect. But then came the prophetic word, to remind them of God’s original instruction and exhort them to begin the building project once more. What was stirred by the prophetic word – anticipation and faith! Do not give up! Allow the Holy Spirit to restore your capacity to dream… anticipation will offer strength in the fulfillment of God’s promises and the destiny He has placed in your heart.

~It might be time to go back to the original promise and instruction that God gave to you.

~It might be time to go to Scripture for the truth about who God is, and who He says you are.

~It might be time to receive a fresh word from the Holy Spirit that will stir you on, to continue acting in faith.

Anticipation is a mighty force in reaching your destiny, your family purpose or your ministry vision.

  • 4. Anticipation… Is Your Breakthrough:

To anticipate is to position for God’s purpose… the rest is up to Him! Anticipation is about alignment. It is more than expectation… it is expect-action. It is faith in motion. Anticipation is David running towards Goliath, a slingshot in one hand and 5 smooth stones in the other hand. Anticipation is Elijah sending his servant to look for a cloud in the sky, when he had just prayed for rain. Anticipation is a powerful spiritual principle, because it is practical. Anticipation means taking steps forward in spite of natural sight.

It has been said, ‘The journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step’. Ask yourself – what was the moment of your breakthrough… and you will recall that it was the moment that you first began to anticipate something new! Therefore you should do something every day towards your dream and your goals! Your anticipation and your acts of obedience, empowered by the Holy Spirit, will bring evidence that your breakthrough has arrived.

This is how you take possession of God’s promises by faith… believe, anticipate and lean in toward God’s desired purposes.

You will find that your anticipation will break into Kingdom momentum!

Earnest Love

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Pet. 4:8).

Earnest love is uncommon! It requires a commitment to sacrifice and servant-hood. Sometimes we think, “if we commit to really loving others, we might fall short or lose face”. I would suggest that you will find yourself in both situations. Love requires us to get overextended and even feel like we fail from time to time… because God’s love calls us to become vulnerable. Someone along the way will take advantage of us. But if you are like me, you are in no danger of loving too much, but loving in moderation. Moderation is hypocritical and evil in terms of keeping love real and spiritual.

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” (Rom. 12:9-11)

Our Moderate Love:

We must avoid loving by measure or calculating the cost in our minds. The Gospel of the Kingdom is about pulling our resources from another world. We love others based upon how God loved us, “moderate love is too small to be from God” (Lk. 7:47). I like how Jesus put it, “As the Father loved Me, so have I loved you – abide in My love” (Jn. 15:9). Jesus tells us that He loved us, in the same way and with the same passion as the Father loved Him… and that we could abide in that same flow of supernatural love. Being in Christ means you have the capacity to love without limit… and without hypocrisy.

You might have been loving and kind before you were in Christ. But you were selective in your love… way too guarded. Now you know just how much and how consistently God has loved you, and you have received it. Therefore, having received His love (Rom. 5:5), you have it as a resource in your life… everyday. So living “in Christ” means you can rejoice in the love you have and release it to others with a fervent heart. According to His great mercy, God has loved and embraced us as we are, so that we could be born again (1 Pet. 1:3) and live by a fresh power flowing through us by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). Trust Him and obey Him… and watch His love flow through you – to others.

God has a Better Way:

He will give you a love that goes beyond the old patterns. You are a New Man and you have been equipped with new purpose (2 Cor. 5:17-21)… A purpose to love others as Christ has loved you. When we merely restrain ourselves from anger or malice toward one another… it is not enough. We must show the beauty of Christ and love one another with all we have. Its our calling… to love earnestly. The Apostle Paul said some amazing things about true spirituality and becoming great in the Kingdom of God… and it is all about love!

1st) Your position in the Kingdom is not what makes you great! “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Cor. 13:1-3)

2nd) Your gift in the Kingdom is not what makes you great! “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” (1 Cor. 12:27-31)

3rd) Your ability to love and serve others is what makes you great! “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (1 Cor. 13:4-8)

And the greatest news of all is that in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. We can hold onto the reality of love as an anchor to our soul. The Apostle Paul said, “I am persuaded… that nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:37-39)

Creativity Connects

Creativity connects the spiritual to the natural… like no other expression!

Music doesn’t just touch your senses, stimulate thought and awaken memories. Dance doesn’t just engage your physical body in movement and self-expression. Art doesn’t just bring color and texture and image to canvas. Writing and storytelling are not just literary and verbal communication… mechanisms designed to convey thought and emotions and dispense information.

These are not just forms of creativity and personal expression either… they are gifts! These are gifts that help our ‘human-ness’ and our true ‘heaven-ness’ find one another. They awaken us to life and cause our heart, imagination, wonder, beauty, mystery, sadness, pain and joy to find one another and walk the most elegant steps of life.”

Written by: Ray Hughes

Thanks Ray – I Love It!

Fullness of the Kingdom

“For the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 14:17)

The Glory of God brings the fullness of the Kingdom of God into our midst. Heaven is not a doctrine, it’s a reality. Actually, its an entire realm of reality where the spiritual can become as comfortable and natural as home. The key is to gain a knowledge of the Glory of God by experience and fellowship in the Holy Spirit. Jesus instructed us to become invested in this reality, by teaching us how to pray. “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done. On earth as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:10). He called us to pull heaven into earth… into our daily routine.

How close is the Kingdom of Heaven today?

Jesus said repent, or change the way you think; because the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand (Mt. 4:17). And then He demonstrated its effect on natural reality (Mt. 4:23-25). Can you imagine that? Stretch out your hand. Contemplate the distance from your heart to your finger tips… believe and set your mind to receive – and welcome Him. You will immediately find a door open to you for fellowship. Can you feel that? God has come near by the Holy Spirit. That’s at least how close the Kingdom is to you every day. When we welcome the Presence of God, the Kingdom comes and something begins to shift or make room.

When God’s People seek Him with all of their heart, they are promised to find Him and experience the process of being brought back from captivity (Jer. 29:11-14). What is capturing your heart? God has a better plan and thoughts of a better future! Recognize that the entry of the Kingdom will create space for dwelling. The Holy Spirit will brood over you for access. As you seek Him with a humble posture He will draw near and manifest Himself as Deliverer, Savior and Lord. This process moves out sin, stagnation, religion and anything else that stands in it’s way… in order to create habitation for His Glory (Eph. 2:22)(Jn. 14:23)(Acts 2:12-16). You and I were made for this kind of fullness!

The Church’s Destiny:

It’s time that the Church moves into the fullness of the Kingdom and finds her destiny in God. Scripture tells us that “the Glory of the latter house will be greater than the former” (Hag. 2:9). A lot of people go around looking for the perfect church. They will never find it. God doesn’t promise us that the latter house will be greater. He says that the Glory of the latter house will be greater! Don’t look for the greater house, look for the greater Glory!

Don’t look for the greater house – look for the greater Glory! “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)

What kind of a Church is Jesus looking for? Scripture tells us that He is looking for a Glorious Church (Eph. 5:27). Glorious means “filled with Glory”. At the dedication of the Temple, after Solomon prayed, the Bible says that “fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the Glory of the Lord filled the Temple. And the priests could not enter the House of the Lord, because the Glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s House” (2 Chron. 7:1). I believe that God wants His Church to look like that! Do you think the world will notice the Church if the Glory of God falls on us to that degree? I believe the day is coming when the world will see the Glory of the Lord upon the Church.

  • Listen to these words… “Arise, shine, for your light has come! And the Glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His Glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising” (Isa. 60:1-2).

When the Glory shines upon you, people will notice… nothing will remain the same!

He wants to give us a greater and greater understanding of the Glory, so that we can walk in the fullness of His Kingdom. One of the firsts steps we must take is to realize the power of the cross and the victory that was won there. We must realize that without the sacrifice that Jesus paid on the cross, we wouldn’t even have the desire to know Him, let alone experience His Glory. The death and resurrection of Christ opened up a “New and Living Way” for mankind (Heb. 10:20), so that we could really get to know the God who created us… for the fullness of His Kingdom.

The New and Living Way is Fullness!

When I look at the cross, I see two sides:

    *First: I see that the death of Jesus has taken away sin, once and for all! “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29) That is what we are saved from… no more bondage, no more chains – freedom from sin!

      *Second: I see that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ saving us to something, not just from something! We are saved from sin, but we are also saved to enjoy the glorious life in the Spirit. This is the “New and Living Way” He has promised, in the fullness of His Glory; for every believer. This new way of life began the moment you believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. You have eternal life now, not when you die. You have it now. The Kingdom is available to you today.

        You can walk as more than a conqueror today! You have been given dominion today to walk in the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven.

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