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March 10, 2013 Posted by admin in Power

Dominion: Why God Put Mankind On The Earth

Dominion: Why God Put Mankind On The Earth

Psalm 115:16(NKJV) - The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

"When the purpose of something is not known, abuse (abnormal use) is inevitable." - Anonymous

Why is there a gaping hole in the ozone layer? Why is there a shortage of food for so many people on an earth that was created with an abundance of resources? Why is the weather going crazy while many experts still deny the reality of global warming? Why has pollution in certain areas been allowed to get so bad that these places are almost uninhabitable by human beings?

Revelation 11:16-18(NKJV) - And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”

What's going to happen when global demand exceeds the global supply of crude oil? On an earth that's made of mostly water how is it possible that so many people don't have water to drink? What's gone wrong on the earth? We can't look to God for the answers to these questions. It's not His fault. He put us in charge. God created a perfect earth and handed it to mankind to manage. Anything that has happened since then is our responsibility. That's why one day He will destroy those who destroy the earth.

Welcome to Part 17 of our blog series on The Power of God. See Part 1, "Unleashing The Power Of God In Your Life" for seven dimensions of God's power described in The New Testament. Today we continue our study with the fifth dimension of God's power; Kratos which means "force, strength, power, might: mighty with great power, a mighty deed, a work of power and dominion" Click here for Part 16, "Power For Christian Ministry".

Genesis 1:26-28(NKJV) - 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. Then God blessed them, and God 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.”

What is your purpose? Over the weekend I completed the manuscript for my new book on Purpose and throughout the process of writing it one thing became abundantly clear. If you don't know your purpose you will waste your life. You may get things done or even have some noble accomplishments but if you don't do what you were created to do you will not maximize your potential. Every Christian is part of God's body and each part has a very specific function.

Nonetheless, before you can figure out your specific function within the body you should understand the function of the entire body. That is so important because, as a unit, God has a purpose for The Body of Christ. Each of our assignments is just a little part of that bigger purpose.

Also, long before The Body of Christ even came into existence with the birth of The Church in The Book of Acts, God had a purpose for all human beings. Fortunately, at the very moment when God created the first humans He outlined exactly why we were created. We are supposed to be fruitful, multiply, fill, subdue the earth and have dominion over all other living beings on the earth.

Revelation 1:4-6(NKJV) - John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion(Kratos) forever and ever. Amen.

All glory and dominion (Kratos) belong to God but He chose to give dominion over the earth to human beings. Each human being has a part to play in carrying out God's agenda on the earth. When Adam and Eve fell into sin, the enemy messed up God's plan for their lives and stole their dominion.

Fortunately, when Jesus died on The Cross, He took it back and has returned it to the people who are in His body. Now we are as responsible today to carry out God's mandate to Adam and Eve and as they were. We are to be fruitful, multiply, fill and subdue the earth as well as have dominion over all created things. However, since Jesus came, here is how we're supposed to carry out the mandate.

Matthew 24:14(KJV) - And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Mark 16:15-18(KJV) - And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Luke 10:19(KJV) - Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Our dominion is no longer just in the natural realm. It's also in the spirit. We have been given spiritual dominion over every power that exists on the earth. We are supposed to establish the kingdom of God wherever we go. Even though we live in this world we should always operate at a higher level than those around us because greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. Therefore, every Christian walks this earth with dominion that came from heaven.

1 John 4:4(NKJV) - You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

The world should never have dominion over us. We are of God and have overcome them. So I ask you this question today; "What have you done with your dominion?"

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