While searching for dominion, elements of human nature have to dissolve and willfulness diminish. Human yearnings are gradually relinquished and personal reactions to error lessons.
Self-surrender (releasing ego) becomes the fertile ground where mercy and humility are planted successfully . Tears of self-pity give place to baptismal joy where God’s will is more understood and demonstrated.
Psalm 16:11 reads “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Dominion is always available to us.
This morning I have been working with the word “dominion”. From the fifteenth century, the definition is supreme authority, lordship or power. One of the first things that come to mind is in order to feel that, forgiveness is key. Never have I have felt dominion if I am angry or resentful in any way. Holding on to bitterness or hatred of any kind will and does keep me from peace.
Then I was reminded of how Jesus healed and often, it was the multitude so it could not be personally. What He always saw was God expressed! He could only be capable of doing that if He was experiencing dominion. Forgiveness must be impartial!
Genesis 1:27-28 states “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.” As the Bible tells us to have dominion, it has to be possible or it would have never been written. Today I will watch carefully what I let enter into my thinking.
A few days ago as I was sitting at my desk, a memory from over forty years ago which I have not thought of in that many years came up for me. My sons were very small and we were going on vacation to Washington, D. C. We didn’t use credit cards at the time and it looked like there was limited funds. The thing I remember most was my lack of concern and knew we would be provided for. The day before we left, we received a check in the mail for $300 from an insurance company that was an adjustment. In the early ’70’s $300 was a nice amount. Since then, I can see where my every human need has been met by Divine Love.
Psalm 27:13-14 states “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” There has never been a time when I have been separated from God and today, I humbly think on this.
Recently I read where fear often manifests itself in excessive-planning. That is true for me so I usually begin my day with Psalm 46:10 which reads “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Before I still my thoughts, it feels almost like a popcorn popper! For me, it is important to get my thoughts calm before I start my day.
As I pray to see only what God sees, I have more dominion and can be aware if my thoughts try to darken, I can refute them and replace them with the Truth of God’s omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience. The choice is always mine.
My Bible Lesson today speaks of Satan and in Romans 16:20, it reads “The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.” In Greek, to “bruise” means to crush, shatter or break. In other words, man is made to have dominion as written in the first chapter of Genesis. When we stay “unimpressed” with error, we maintain this dominion and error flees from us. “Lead us not into temptation” is in the prayer that Jesus gave to us. Today, I will respond with Love rather than react to error!
My first call of the day was from someone asking for prayerful help. It seems she was worried about her husband, daughter, grandbabies and their business. As I listened, I finally added that I would think she would then worry about the state of affairs of the country and the universe, as far as that was concerned. I didn’t understand why she was just worried about her family. The bottom line to every worry is the fear there is more than one power. God, Good is the only power there is! Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Isn’t that making all those other things, “gods”?
Genesis 1: 28 reads, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
All my life, I had heard it said, “The devil is in the details”. It has taken spiritual growth for me to question and refute these old sayings but as I have turned more and more to God and releasing old belief, understanding has taken place. Psalm 73: 23-26 reads, “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
This verse says the complete opposite! God is in the details and when we put Him first in our life, there is peace, harmony and dominion.
This morning I am working with Genesis 1:26 which reads, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ ”
We were given dominion over every “creeping” thing which I take to mean even thoughts of aging that try to sneak into our thinking to limit us. Haven’t you seen old “30-year” olds and young “80-year” olds? Does the chronological number really define us? We needn’t let it if we believe what the Bible says. Limitations of Good are not from God and we can refute that lie and replace it with the Truth about God and our relationship to Him.