|Tuesday, August 4, 2020|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ith great delight I welcome you to the month of August, our Month of Dominion. I thank God who has kept us from Coronavirus and global death. Interestingly, to show how critical and important the issue of dominion is, God during the first creation of the human being, before clothing him with flesh He blessed him and gave him dominion. "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." Gen 1:28. I want to thank God for the dimensions reached so far, God is saying however that the level of dominion we have now is like scratching the surface of dominion. My encouragement to the church in this eighth month of the year is to pray individually and corporately that the Lord will open our inner eyes to have dominion afresh. I pray this month that God will grant you dominion physically, academically, spiritually and in all aspects of your life in Jesus' name.
What is dominion?
Dominion is defined as control or power over, or the authority to rule. For example, a king rules over a domain his jurisdiction or a territory. Dominion means sovereignty. Dominion is to have control over something. To dominate in that particular field, be an authority and expert in that area of specialty or human endeavor. To have influence in an area be it spiritual or financial influence over an area. God did not create us as reactionaries but influencers. As individuals, that area you are begging for assistance, struggling in, is an indication that you don't have dominion yet! Until the church understands dominion correctly, we shall only be reacting to worldly events instead of being in command of worldly events as God purposed for His church.
That the word of God promised us fruitfulness, multiplication, replenishment, subdue, and have dominion does not automatically confirm it on individual or the church. That God loves the world and sent his only begotten son to redeem mankind does not mean the whole word will be saved as we have witnessed.
Even when you have met some conditions and you now have dominion in a particular area does not mean you will have dominion in other areas. God gives us all opportunities, we choose the areas we want to take the opportunities, you choose the area you want to have dominion. God gave every believer the opportunity to have dominion over sin, but how many believers have dominion over sin, God have us Christians to have financial dominion how many of us have genuine, integrity based financial dominion. There are some who looted government funds or their companies or banks or did some unwholesome business and came to wealth and brag about financial dominion, which has no place in what God is saying. God promised us dominion over sicknesses and diseases how many are not on one medication or the other? God promised us spiritual dominion how many walk in that realm? For instance God promised "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." Mk 16:17-18 How many walk-in this dominion. Dominion like the word love is one word we use but rarely practice. If God has promised you and I dominion we have a duty to find dominion at all cost!
Areas of Dominion
As Christians today we need to revisit the issue of dominion because it is obvious, we are falling short of this important privilege. From the Genesis 1:28 proclamation it is crystal clear that God created you to have dominion. If therefore we desire dominion, we desire a great thing. But do we really desire or have dominion, has the church lost focus? Most of the time from one generation to another, from nation to nation we are just reacting to what society is throwing at us. Church buildings are being filled with people, the conference and seminars are becoming more "powerful" according to our polls but sincerely are we having dominion as God purposed for us? Are we subduing the earth, eliminating what God does not want on earth, making the earth like heaven, are we really having dominion?
The church was created to have dominion through you and I to have influence. To galvanize the world to righteousness, prepare the earth for the coming of the Lord. The last time I checked over two- thirds of humanity are still totally in the dark regarding the gospel.
We see from church history that there are many areas we can have dominion.
"In 1975, two Christian leaders, Dr. Bill Bright and Loren Cunningham, got together to give each other a message from God. To their amazement, each had the same message, independently given to them by God, to give to the other.
Bill Bright was the founder of the world's largest ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ, a worldwide ministry with 26,000 full-time employees and missionaries in 191 countries. Loren Cunningham was the founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), a ministry with 20,000 full-time staff of more than 150 nationalities. Both of these individuals brought the message of God's love to millions around the world.
However, God had shown both of them that many areas of modern culture still needed to be transformed by the knowledge of God's love. The Lord showed them seven major areas of society, or "mountains" as they called them, which needed righteous people to influence them, thereby influencing untold millions who were engaged in those seven mountains of society. About a month later, Francis Schaeffer, leader of L'Abri Fellowship, heard the same thing from God.
These seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family and religion. God showed them in 1975, that this was the way to make the biggest difference in this world. God wanted these men to equip people to go into these seven mountains of culture and to make positive change: to begin reconciling culture back to God's way of love."
In my opinion these God's Generals heard from God and did their best. We are to take it from there, get involved and determine to have dominion. The question is are we collectively pursuing this? if we are not, then I call on ministers of the gospel to galvanize the church in this direction. We need to go and rule the world, have in government people like Joseph, delivering us from famine and leading us to prosperity, we need to be delivered from corrupters who are governing our nations. We need to take over the media, the air waves, we need to replace CNN, BBC, and all these media channels always churning out evil news promoting satanic agenda with Christ National Networks (CNN) Bible Broadcasting Corporations (BBC). We need to replace all these art and entertainments that are promoting sexuality, sensuous and sinful lifestyles with those that will promote holiness and integrity. I want to thank drama outfits like Mount Zion drama ministry for galvanizing the world towards Christ. We need more movies like Passion of Christ. We need to replace Hollywood for Christ centered "Jesusgold". Similar things need to be done in education and family, and particularly in religion. We need to saturate the earth with the gospel.
Misnomer, Misinformation and Misdirection
Most of us as leaders in the church emphasize building projects and the crowd. I have no objection to that but I certainly object to us consuming most of church budgets on church building projects and obviously not knowing what to do with the crowd we have. Most of our teaching is aimed at growing members to become Evangelists and Pastors as if any one that does not function in that area is not fulfilling purpose. So, you see brethren come to outshine and compete with one another as choir members, ushers and such as if that is their only area of dominion. I value church workers and value services they render but we must stop misinforming and misdirecting the church. We need to teach them about how to have dominion even beyond the seven mountains. When Daniel and his team got to Babylon the system wanted to educate them in the area of their culture but they rejected it and educated themselves in the way of God's dominion. When the test of life came and Nebuchadnezzar himself had a dream he could not remember or interpret, when his astrologers and others failed, Daniel and his team would have failed also but they had superior knowledge from heaven because of the God they served, they were able to influence and have dominion in their generation. We have to teach this generation that dominion is not about struggle for positions. Dominion is about influence in the market place. If someone is good in mathematics as an academician, we need to teach them to know that is the area where they are to have dominion on earth, they may not need to become a pastor. There are many students in our generation who are doing well in our schools but based on the teaching we have given them as to serving in the church, they abandon their studies and go into "ministry" because they don't even know what ministry is about, they have been taught that ministry is limited to the fivefold ministry- apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. What is Ministry? Ministry" is from the Greek word diakoneo, meaning "to serve" or douleuo, meaning "to serve as a slave." Ministry can and should include attending to the physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, vocational, financial and various other needs of others. Ministry is not a vocabulary for the church alone as we often use it today. Some parastatals and government organizations use the word - ministry of education, defense, it is to designate people who serve the nation in that area of the nation.
Let us teach the church that those who are practicing as professionals - as accountants, doctors, artists, engineers, should see that area as the area to have dominion. Most times we talk about financial dominion! How many pastors have financial dominion? To have financial dominion is to be self-sufficient that you can buy whatever you want to buy without looking at any one for help and financial dominion can be achieved only by becoming entrepreneurs, business owners or partners.
That I am a Christian going to heaven doesn't mean the only vocation available to me is working in the fivefold ministry. That is why the bible teaches we should teach the members not to be children. "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive" Eph 4:14
It appears one of the reasons the younger generation are leaving the church is the irrelevance of what we are teaching, we are not helping them to fulfill purpose. I always refer people at a time like this to my book- Making the Church Relevant to the Church. We must realize that the church itself is a tool to help men and women to achieve God's purpose for them that is to help humanity find their areas of dominion!
How To Possess Dominion
Conclusion: In the name of Jesus that promised us dominion you and I shall have dominion. We shall make heaven happy that we walked on the planet earth with the bible in our hands.