The dominion mandate – Part 1
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. Genesis 1: 26-28
God’s purpose for creating man was to take charge and control of the things He created. Man is to have dominion because the power for dominion has been released upon him in verse 28, 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.
…And God blessed them – That means He embodied, strengthen, anointed and empowered them.He said: Be fruitful – to be productive, to prosper, to have much more, to produce more, to have abundance. Multiply – To increase in number, to add, to be more, add value, take it beyond where you are or the original state, process it to be more in different ways.Replenish – To make full again, to repair, to renew, to fill or re-fill, to make new again and restore if need be.Subdue – To bring under control and one’s will, i.e. to take charge.
All these are command from God, which are needed by man to have dominion. Man has the capacity to be fruitful, to multiply, to replenish and subdue the earth. Dominion is something you have, when you achieve your goals of being fruitful, multiply, replenish and subdue. You have a dominion, not take dominion. In Psalm 8:6,
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: Man was made to “have” dominion – empowered to have dominion. You can’t have dominion until you are fruitful, multiply, replenish and subdue the earth. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37.
Having dominion does not mean there will be no challenges or hurdles to cross; rather challenges prove our dominion mandate. It confirms what is in us and how we come out and prove whether we are in charge or not.
• Jesus showed dominion when He calmed the sea:
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. Matthew 8:26
He showed dominion when He told Peter to cast his net into the sea after he had spent the night but caught nothing: Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. Luke 5:4
• Paul exercised dominion in Acts 27: 22-23,
And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.
Apostle Lawrence Achudume, Victory Life Bible Church
Km 9 Olabisi Onabanjo Way, Opp. OGTV, Ajebo, Abeokuta, Ogun State
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