Reclaiming the Dominion Mandate
The ‘Dominion Mandate’ is one of the most important assignments given to man by God. Tragically however, to a large extent, the Church seems to have moved the ‘Dominion Mandate’ down its list of priorities. The Dominion Mandate was handed down to mankind by God at Creation. In Genesis 1:26–28 we see God create mankind in His image and then delegate authority to them to subdue and rule the earth. “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...Then God blessed them, 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’.”
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MAN
God created the Heavens and the earth and then handed the title deed of the earth to mankind. Genesis 3 records man’s disobedience to God’s specific instructions - causing sin to enter the earth and in so doing, losing dominion of the earth and transferring the title deed to satan.
Having deceived mankind into relinquishing the title deed, satan immediately takes control of the world system and institutes his diabolical plan to usurp God’s authority and destroy mankind. God, however, had made provision for man’s frailty and institutes His plan to rescue mankind from satan’s influence and restore the ‘Dominion Mandate’, including the title deed, to its original owners.
REDEEMING THE TITLE DEED
The plan of God established at the foundation of the world is the Cross of Calvary. When the last Adam, Jesus Christ, gave His life on the Cross, shed His Blood and then rose from the dead, He defeated satan, won back the title deed and restored the ‘Dominion Mandate’.
“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Col 2:15. When Jesus paid the penalty for mankind’s sin on the Cross, He went into hell – stripped the devil of his power and disarmed him of the keys of sin and death. Those keys – that unlock the awesome power of God in the earth – were given to the Church to once again enforce the ‘Dominion Mandate’ and redeem what the devil had stolen from mankind.
THE AUTHORITY OF CHRIST
In Matthew 16:18–19 Jesus declares, “... I also say to you, that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hades will not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys for the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven.” The Church is the body of believers here on earth while the Kingdom of Heaven is made up of both the earthly and Heavenly realms. The Church is given full authority by Jesus – backed up by Heaven - to take back the ground subjugated by satan and to restore His rulership in the earth.
This means, the ‘Dominion Mandate’, originally given to the first Adam that he lost to satan and which Jesus redeemed at the Cross, is now the Mandate of the Church – the Body of Christ.
WE ARE TO RULE AND REIGN
Dominion is translated from the original Hebrew word ‘Radhah’ that means: to subjugate, to rule, to reign and to prevail against. The word subdue is translated from the Hebrew word ‘kabash’ which means to conquer, and to bring into subjection. Significantly, the institution God ordains to bring the earth back under His control is the Church.
The earth belongs to God and He gave His Church the express mandate and the authority to restore His rule. Sadly, the Church has abdicated its responsibility to advance the Kingdom of God in the earth.
The key to reclaiming the ‘Dominion Mandate’ is understanding our authority as Christians. It is impossible to reign, rule, or bring anything into subjection, without first exercising authority.
Psalm 8:4–6 clearly illustrates God’s intention for mankind, “What is man that You are mindful of him...For You have made him a little lower than the angels and You have crowned him with glory and honour.
You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.”
WHY ARE WE SURRENDERING?
Most of what is referred to as the Church today is confined to buildings and self-imposed Christian ghettoes from where the Body of Christ views the outside world with fear and disdain. Instead of taking hold of the ‘Dominion Mandate’ for which Jesus paid such a high price, the Church has retreated into the sanctuary, effectively surrendering the earth to the dominion of satan.
Godless philosophies are promoted at will in the public square without a response from God’s anointed leaders - who for the most part completely ignore the Scriptural imperative. The reality is that every thought and idea contrary to sound doctrine advanced in the public domain that remains unchallenged by the truth of God’s Word is accepted as ‘truth’.
The enemy understands that if a lie is repeated often enough, it will eventually be accepted as fact. Homosexual activists operate by this principle. Homosexuals who represent approximately 2% of the population often repeat the lie they represent 10% of society. Lies and deception have immense potential to destroy individuals and nations. Why then do we ignore Scriptures like 2 Corinthians 10:4-5: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”.
WE ARE IN BATTLE
The devil seems to be winning new ground while the Church of Christ retreats even further into its sanctuaries hoping the Lord will come and take us the Heaven out of here! But that is not going to happen, because the ‘Dominion Mandate’ does not include the option to hunker down fearfully in our religious cocoons hoping the bogey man will go away and leave us alone.
The devil will not leave us alone because he understands his assignment better than we do. Why are those who advance evil agendas in society more committed and passionate about their cause than those of us who have a direct mandate from God to promote righteousness? If the Bible tells us the weapons of our warfare are not carnal - it’s also tells us that we have weapons and that there is a war raging!
The evidence of this war and its casualties are reported daily in our news bulletins and newspaper headlines. The devil is launching unprecedented attacks against God’s most sacred institutions in the earth – namely marriage and the family. Because marriage and family are vital cornerstone institutions critical to society, the devil relentlessly attacks them knowing that if he breaks down the family unit entire societies collapse. Society is only as strong as the average family.
CHURCH WAKE UO YOUR ROLE!
But the Church is aware of this truth as well! Why then do we not have a strategy to defend the family? Why are we not focussing our attention where the devil is wreaking the most havoc? The Church is so pre-occupied with denominationalism, erecting buildings, and hosting conferences that it doesn’t seem to have time to formulate a strategy to defend the family.
The essence of the ‘Dominion Mandate’ dictates that the Church advances against the gates of hell and not the other way round. The time is now for the Church of Jesus Christ to refocus its energy and resources on reclaiming the ‘Dominion Mandate’. It is time to halt the retreat, sound the alarm and advance the Kingdom of God into every area of life. The time is now for every believer to get out of the pew, regain and exercise their authority in Christ, and enter the battle for the glory of God! When God sent Joshua to enter the Promised Land He gave him the following instructions (Joshua 1):
1. Arise and Go!
2. Wherever you place your foot, I have given you!
3. I will never leave you nor forsake you!
4. Be strong and of good courage!
5. Do not let the Word of God depart from your mouth!
6. The Lord your God is with you wherever you go!
7. Possess the land the Lord your God is giving you!
Church of Christ we have a Promised Land to enter. We have a preferable future for our country. But we have to step out to possess the land. Rise up Church of the Most High God, take up your shield of faith and reclaim the Dominion Mandate.